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Physically Distant – Socially Intimate

Reflecting on Public Performances of Resistance in a Pandemic Situation

Marion Hamm

celebration under lockdown. For Pablita and Yonka, these desires were wrapped up in the historical defiance of fascism and extended to a contemporary transnational anti-fascist sentiment. For Jane, they were what people yearned for while singing, dancing

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On Money and Quarantine

A Self-Ethnography from Italy

Francesca Messineo


During the lockdown, I started perceiving cash as a potentially infected entity, carrying the virus on its surface. This article explores the trajectories and implications of this modified perspective on money by merging different levels of analysis. The attempt to grasp both the social and material significance of this ‘object’ will resound in personal anecdotes from my house. The self-ethnographic approach accounts also for the intimate feelings and the new gaze on money produced within me; the enthusiasm for imagining an economy driven by different rules; nostalgia for the activities I used to pay for; anxieties caused by this unprecedented health crisis; and my curiosity to observe how relationships with people and things have changed. The need to share experiences as a political statement and the desire to put fears and hopes into words guide my work.

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Tourism and COVID-19

Intimacy Transformed or Intimacy Interrupted?

Hazel Andrews

the time restrictions that usually accompany most holidays. The relationships that do emerge are often characterised as commercial transactions which have the potential to be exploitative of the people who service tourists’ desires. An early example of

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Michael Alexander Ulfstjerne

– and maybe it is the shades of blue sky amidst Southern European rooftop vistas. In her meditation on getting lost Rebecca Solnit (2005) once observed that wedged in between solitude, desire and distance is the colour blue: Blue is the light that

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Alone Together

Intimacy and Semi-Mobility during Ho Chi Minh City's Lockdown

Van Minh Nguyen

communicates his desire to get to know her better and be exclusive. If she accepts, they both express their commitment to the now-official relationship. However, even after this formal exchange, cultural and social pressure can lead couples to wait a long time

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Porous Bodies

Corporeal Intimacies, Disgust and Violence in a COVID-19 World

Cynthia Sear

their management difficult. Weaponising Disgust As Mary Douglas famously observed, humans have a universal desire to classify and categorise, and assign boundaries ‘on an inherently untidy experience … [so] that a semblance of order is created

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Learning to Dwell with Micro-Organisms

Corporeality, Relationality, Temporality

Lydia Maria Arantes

our family's desire for bread but by their own development and needs. Getting to know (the workings of) micro-organisms also implied realising that we have entered a mutual relationship of giving and taking. For the next 20 minutes, we are

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Haptic Mediations

Intergenerational Kinship in the Time of COVID-19

Bob Simpson

desires that one begins to understand the gulf that lies between intrinsic relation and technologically mediated extrinsic connection and to wonder what intimacy will look like when we eventually leave lockdown and social distancing behind

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Viral Intimacy and Catholic Nationalist Political Economy

Covid-19 and the Community Response in Rural Ireland

David Whyte

Task Forces and their weekly activity nevertheless demonstrate that states may also express a desire for intimacy themselves. In this case, a crisis has exposed the distance that has grown between state and citizen at a time when rapid and deep

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Banhishikha Ghosh

intimate desires, pleasures and ways of being in the world can muffle their access to rights and privileges as citizens ( Plummer 1995 ). It is in such a context that some Kotis have decided to join other occupations to sustain themselves. Prerana (48