Category Archives: Coronavirus

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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Of dreams and warnings: from Agamben to Žižek and beyond

When the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben first intervened in the public debate surrounding the looming COVID-19 pandemic in late February, his very brief comments prompted an explosion of criticism. Relying on the information that was made public by Italy’s National … Continue reading

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The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence

The December, 2019 coronavirus disease outbreak has seen many countries ask people who have potentially come into contact with the infection to isolate themselves at home or in a dedicated quarantine facility. Decisions on how to apply quarantine should be … Continue reading

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A pandemic of boredom

It was just the two of them: on a raft, lost, floating off the coast of Africa—the lone survivors of a shipwreck. Years before, struck with stupendous boredom, Hymie Basteshaw decided to become boredom’s master. He read what others wrote … Continue reading

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Pandemic practicalities and how to help teenagers manage time at home

IIt’s May and many of us have fond memories of springtime when we were in high school. There was some stress from exams and final papers to be sure, but also more outdoor activities, sports, banquets or awards assemblies, proms, … Continue reading

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