Category Archives: Coronavirus

Parenting in a Pandemic

I am a graduate student in coursework, and I am also the parent of a 2-year-old. With offices and daycares closed due to COVID-19, my typical workday is shortened and often interrupted with requests to walk to the park, read … Continue reading

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Reimagining universities post-Covid-19

The issues surrounding COVID-19 and various policy responses to its salience in communities across the world do not however relate to health and economic issues alone. They have also given rise to issues of sociality – how, under the new conditions, might … Continue reading

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on older adults

The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic are different for various socio-demographic groups, and Medical News Today has zoomed in on the ways in which this crisis has affected the more vulnerable ones. In this Special Feature, we focus on how … Continue reading

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Depression during COVID-19

Living under lockdown can cause negative emotions and force lifestyle changes that may be difficult to handle. This might be especially true for those experiencing mental health conditions, such as depression. There are several ways people can try to manage … Continue reading

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Health promotion should focus on loneliness in our pandemic age

Loneliness is a subjective experience of social isolation and occurs when people feel disconnected from others. One can be surrounded by others but still feel lonely, and conversely, one can be alone, but not feel socially isolated. It refers to … Continue reading

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Is the Pandemic Causing Children’s Anxiety to Go Up or Down?

How are your kids managing at home? We are in the midst of a terrible pandemic. Certainly, there is cause for all of us to be anxious, but I want to focus here on the effect on children. It is a … Continue reading

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For Agamben the Plague was Already Present

In the articles written after L’invenzione di un’epidemia Agamben illustrates what mechanisms are used to turn a crisis into a political opportunity and how to turn the state of exception into the new norm. Nevertheless the question remained how was … Continue reading

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The Coronavirus: Biopolitics and the rise of ‘Anthropocene Authoritarianism’

With politics suspended, societies under lockdown, Parliaments closed and States of Emergency in force globally (Runciman, 2020) many commentators have turned to Foucauldian-inspired understandings of biopolitics and population control to analyse contemporary events (Horvat, 2020; Agamben, 2020a; Demetri, 2020; Singh, 2020; Sotiris, 2020). Biopolitics … Continue reading

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Biopolitics and the Coronavirus: Foucault, Agamben, Žižek

In some recent blog posts, Giorgio Agamben resists the emergency measures taken in Italy and elsewhere in response to the outbreak of the coronavirus as irrational and unfounded. According to Agamben, COVID-19 is nothing really different from the normal flus … Continue reading

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On Politics and Plagues. What can literature do for us?

Like many others during this time, I have turned to literature to try and gain deeper insights into the times we are living through and, in particular, the COVID-19 pandemic. I know I am not alone in reading Albert Camus’, … Continue reading

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