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Pandemic Drones

Promises and Perils

Julia M. Hildebrand and Stephanie Sodero

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a “mobility shock.” 1 Physical mobility across geographical space was reduced to domestic and local spaces, and, where possible, shifted to televisual and virtual realms. While many stayed at home, others, such as

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Coda — Pandemic Brexit

Cancelling the Political Future

Bill Schwarz

enabled what previously had been unthinkable to enter the official mind. By contrast, in the pandemic in which we now live time is on hold and the future, the outcome of a political will, diminishes. Certainly, this is so for England, although it

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Peter Levine

On Theorizing Responsibly Although I am pleased to contribute to Democratic Theory in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, I would like to begin with some concerns about theorizing in the midst of a crisis. I will then offer two examples of

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Asma Abbas

the pandemic and of political annihilation, and of the migrant fugues that make it impossible to think about place as a guarantor of being. A migrant who might count as a worker and citizen in more than one place, but probably never as any place's own

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Weiqiang Lin

become one of the greatest inventions of the twentieth century. 1 However, the COVID-19 pandemic has today presented a major threat to air travel like no other event ever did. The 1973 and 1979 Oil Crises, the September 11 terror attacks, Severe Acute

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The Pandemic of Productivity

The Work of Home and the Work from Home

Suchismita Chattopadhyay

preventive measure, was a luxury in South Asia, given its socio-economic structures. However, nobody was prepared in the least as to how the pandemic was going to be a long-lasting phenomenon dictating a ‘new’ normal. This article takes a closer look at the

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Pandemic Passages

An Anthropological Account of Life and Liminality during COVID-19

Genevieve Bell

me: ‘Costco is out of toilet paper!’ We marvel at the fact that Costco can run out of toilet paper. On 6 March, the City of Austin cancels SXSW, and I cancel my plane tickets. Statistics will tell one kind of story of this pandemic – the number

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Andrew Dawson and Simone Dennis

Less than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, its economic impacts have already been massive (see Dawson and Dennis 2020a ). The world has experienced a stock market crash akin to that in the global financial crisis, the GFC, of 2007

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Vincent Rollet

English Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic represents a new significant test for the role of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in regional health governance in Southeast Asia. Assessing ASEAN’s role during the pandemic through the concepts of “actorness” and “effectiveness,” the article argues that while ASEAN displayed all the attributes of actorness during the COVID-19 pandemic when it comes to its effectiveness, the capacity of the regional institution to reach the objectives it committed to has been rather limited. Explaining the reasons for such “effectiveness–expectation gap” and, considering the last policy development in the region related to regional health coordination, the article identifies several conditions for ASEAN to strengthen its capacity to act effectively on regional health cooperation, and to contribute to the strengthening of a regional health response to a possible future epidemic threat.

Spanish Abstract: El COVID-19 representa una nueva e importante prueba para el papel de la ASEAN en la gobernanza sanitaria regional. Al evaluar su papel durante la pandemia a través de los conceptos de “actuación” y “eficacia”, el artículo sostiene que, si bien la ASEAN mostró todos los atributos de actoría durante la pandemia, en lo que respecta a su eficacia, su capacidad para alcanzar los objetivos a los que se comprometió ha sido limitada. Explicando las razones de esa “brecha entre eficacia y expectativas” y considerando el último desarrollo de políticas de coordinación sanitaria regional, el artículo identificó varios prerrequisitos como ineludibles en su búsqueda por reforzar la eficacia para garantizar la cooperación sanitaria regional en el Sudeste Asiático y mejorar la respuesta regional ante una próxima amenaza sanitaria.

French Abstract: La pandémie de COVID-19 représente un test significatif pour apprécier le rôle de l’Association des nations de l’Asie du Sud-Est (ASEAN) au sein de la gouvernance sanitaire régionale en Asie du Sud-Est. En évaluant le rôle de l’ASEAN pendant cette pandémie à travers les concepts d’actorness (capacité à agir) et d’effectiveness (efficacité), cet article montre que si l’ASEAN a exprimé sa capacité à agir pendant cette crise sanitaire, son efficacité, i.e son aptitude à atteindre les objectifs qu’elle s’est fixés, a été plutôt limitée. Les raisons d’un tel écart entre efficacité et attentes (effectiveness-expectations gap) sont expliquées dans l’article qui identifie plusieurs conditions pour que l’ASEAN contribue efficacement au renforcement d’une réponse sanitaire régionale indispensable face à une éventuelle prochaine menace épidémique.

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The Case of Germany

Civil Society and Civic Activism in the Pandemic

Susann Worschech

, the erosion of democratic values and structures was imaginable but not yet tangible. Five years later and in the midst of a pandemic that has challenged and transformed institutions, political processes, and social cohesion worldwide, Europe may be