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Banhishikha Ghosh

impacted the intimate lives of different gender-variant communities (GVCs) 1 in India (including the Kotis) in inscrutable ways. Based on documentary evidence and unstructured narratives, this article considers how the alternative bodyscapes of the Koti 2

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Museums and the Pandemic, One Year On

Some Reflections on Academic Resilience

Joanna Cobley

Written as notes from the field, this article explores the overlaps between researcher development and the idea of academic resilience within the museum and heritage studies community. During a climate of uncertainty and rapid change, it argues that alongside the academic literature, positive psychology methods transfer well into the researcher development space. Methods involved informal email conversations with museum and heritage practitioners united by how COVID-19 and border lockdown presented new opportunities to connect, share ideas, and rethink. Presented as short narratives, these findings show how researchers and practitioners in northern Europe, the United Kingdom and Canada share similar concerns to those in the southern hemisphere about climate change, equity, well-being, resilience, and sustainability. These narratives highlight the importance of encouraging critical engagement, finding ways to traverse time zones that build international networks and provide leadership opportunities for researchers at any level.

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Freed from Sadness and Fear

Politics, COVID-19, and the New Germany

Michael Meng and Adam R. Seipp

This article argues that we are witnessing the possible emergence of a Germany confident in the strength of its rational and democratic approach to governance. Thinking about this development through Baruch Spinoza’s insights into the centrality of reason to democracy, we suggest that Germany has responded to its past in a salutary manner by building a rational and responsible democracy. Few recent events illustrate this transformation more clearly than Germany’s reaction to the covid-19 pandemic.

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The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Reconfigurations of Domestic Space in Favelas

Brief Reflections on Intimacies and Precariousness

Carolina Parreiras

communicator – to talk to my interlocutors. It is important to note, for example, that WhatsApp allows for narratives to be shared in different formats: text, images and audio messages. Something curious is that, in the last few months there has been a

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Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins

’. Real or rumoured, English travellers to Wales crossed a border through which safety and nation increasingly intertwined. The narrative of cross-border contagion took statistical shape when early data from King's College London's COVID-19 Symptom Study

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Experiencing Graduated Intimacies during Lockdown (Fengcheng)

A Reflexive and Comparative Approach to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Urban China

Junjie Chen

complex images of Chinese citizens’ intimate experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the pages that follow, I begin my narrative by foregrounding how ordinary urban families experienced their daily intimacies through cautiously navigating the government

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Unexpected Intimacies

An Exploration of the Physician–Patient Relationship during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Kelly Colas

knowing. In studying the ‘formative process’ through which medical students learn how to see, speak and present, Byron Good (1993) found that these narratives reinforce the assumption that biology is at the core of medicine. However, given the

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Physically Distant – Socially Intimate

Reflecting on Public Performances of Resistance in a Pandemic Situation

Marion Hamm

, narratives, rituals, as well as visual and corporeal practices ( Baumgarten et al. 2014 ; Goodwin et al. 2009 ; McDonald 2007 ). Acknowledging the intimacy between self, space and media may add to our understanding of mediated and corporeal performances of

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Constructing the Not-So-New Normal

Ambiguity and Familiarity in Governmental Regulations of Intimacies during the Pandemic

Dmitry Kurnosov and Anna Varfolomeeva

affected and challenging the established narratives. On the other hand, ‘normalisation’ has historically been a tool for reinforcing hierarchies and inequalities through rules and routines ( Foucault 1995 ). Therefore, it is possible that the pandemic will

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The Pandemic of Productivity

The Work of Home and the Work from Home

Suchismita Chattopadhyay

an instance of utilising time wisely. The Internet had people waxing eloquent about the benefits of working from home. One of the dominant narratives was that of investing time in learning new skills. The culture of the WhatsApp messages that most