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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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Latin America and COVID-19

Political Rights and Presidential Leadership to the Test

Brigitte Weiffen


Latin America was hit by COVID-19 in a moment of (socio-)economic distress and political unrest. This essay reflects on the immediate repercussions of the COVID-19 crisis for democracy in the region. It expounds how responding to the pandemic put to the test the still consolidating democracies with their long-standing defects in the areas of political and civil rights and horizontal accountability. In the course of coping with the crisis, it is precisely in these problem areas that additional risks for democracy have arisen due to infringements of political rights and the performance of presidents. Regarding the latter, the ambiguities of presidential leadership become particularly evident when comparing pragmatic and populist responses to the crisis.

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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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Lauri Rapeli and Inga Saikkonen

the electorate (on this, see, for example, Markowski and Tworzecki 2020 ; Svolik 2019 ). The grave public health and economic consequences of the pandemic may seriously dent the “performance legitimacy” of these regimes, and can undermine the regimes

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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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Democracy in a Global Emergency

Five Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Afsoun Afsahi, Emily Beausoleil, Rikki Dean, Selen A. Ercan, and Jean-Paul Gagnon

a situation in which relative government performance can be measured in such a visceral way as the graphs of excess deaths that the Financial Times or the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center have, for instance, updated daily throughout the

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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