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Physically Distant – Socially Intimate

Reflecting on Public Performances of Resistance in a Pandemic Situation

Marion Hamm

-arranged during this public performance (Hamm 2020) under lockdown. Based on fieldnotes, online communication on the day, open-ended digital strolls and peer-to-peer communication, I constructed a thick description by contextualising ethnographic scenes around

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Reinforcing Authentic Intimacy?

Relationships between an Escort Boy and His Male Clients in the Spectre of COVID-19 in France

Kostia Lennes

of Pleasure and Performance in Sex Work ’, Sexualities 20 , no. 3 : 344 – 363 , doi: 10.1177/1363460716665781 . 10.1177/1363460716665781 Tabet , P. ( 1987 ), ‘ Du don au tarif: Les relations sexuelles impliquant compensation’ [From donation

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Nadeem Malik

informal conversations with people from different strata of Lahore's population illuminate the overarching influence of religion on the way people perceived and dealt with the coronavirus. In this article, I will demonstrate how the performance of

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Porous Bodies

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

Cynthia Sear

the working class and Global South (e.g. Prose 2020 ). Further, these corporeal performances are a form of ‘biopower’: ‘techniques [which achieve] the subjugation of bodies and the control of populations’ ( Foucault 1978: 140 ; and qtd in Sear 2020

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Covidiots and the Clamour of the Virus-as-Question

Some Reflections on Biomedical Culture, Futurity and Finitude

Bryan Lim

media trend of #stayhome. As individuals share photos and videos of themselves engaged in a variety of ‘responsible’ activities all while #stayinghome, the performance of such acts of social distancing on social media facilitate a form of virtue

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Andrew Dawson and Simone Dennis

exponentially. This is, of course, cruelly ironic, for human touch is central to care professions and professions that entail the performance of caring ( Hochschild 2012 ). The truth of this is borne out in how care sectors, especially those pertaining to people

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Tourism and COVID-19

Intimacy Transformed or Intimacy Interrupted?

Hazel Andrews

overcome perceived distances between the self and other through meaningful encounters. The Search for Intimacy People travel for intimacy, physically and metaphorically. This was something that performance artists Ulay and Marina Abramović

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Narmala Halstead

in terms of the contrasts to the disciplinary measures to contain contagion during the seventeenth-century plague in a town. While dissimilar in modes, there are certain resonances in the control mechanisms and ‘disorder’ performances which arose

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Ethnographic witnessing

Or, hope is the first anthropological emotion

Carole McGranahan

ethnographic witnessing is, as anthropologist and performance artist Gina Athena Ulysse (2015) puts it, a means of engaging the visceral in the structural so that processes of inequality and dehumanisation can be named and challenged. Witnessing is moral

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COVID-19 as method

Managing the ubiquity of waste and waste-collectors in India

Tridibesh Dey

-political performances of responsible citizenship ( Hawkins 2001 ). Yet, the mission also revealed socio-economic fault lines among the population of the country. It led to citizen vigilantism ( Doron 2016 ; Luthra 2018 ) and stringent policing of the public space. This