By Rafique Wassan. Initiated in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, Café Saqafat is a new online social media broadcasting cultural work – mediated through FaceBook live streaming and later on a recorded version uploaded on YouTube.
#DossierCorona is a series that addresses matters in the social sciences and humanities that were on the agenda before the Covid-19 pandemic, matters that deserve new attention or a different perspective, issues that gain a new urgency in times of crisis. The matter is thus not the pandemic itself, but rather how the virus, its spread, and its effects disrupt the ways we look at those issues that will persist and that will determine the way people will live.
The thread #religiousmatters takes up an initiative of the research project Religious Matters in an Entangled World at the University of Utrecht, directed by the anthropologist and religious studies scholar Birgit Meyer, who also is the chairperson of the Academic Advisory Board of the Forum Transregionale Studien and edits the thread #religiousmatters of the dossier. Contributions to #religiousmatters are published both on the Religious Matters blog and/or the TRAFO Blog. New contributions to the thread are welcome and should be from 700 to around 1.500 words.
The thread #workingfutures builds on the activities of the transnational research network „Working Futures“, founded in 2018 as a cooperation between the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and the International Research Center Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History (re:work). The contributions of the thread explore how the Corona crisis challenges the field and the future of work as well as related public and academic debates. Contributions to #workingfutures are published both as part of the series “Wiko Briefs – Working Futures in Corona Times” on the network’s website at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and on the TRAFO Blog.
The thread #transnationalfeminisms emerges from the online series “Transnational Feminist Dialogues in Times of Corona Crisis” organized by the Margherita von Brentano Center for Gender Studies at Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with the MA Program Gender, Intersectionality and Politics at FU Berlin, Academy in Exile and Academics for Peace Germany. The contributions to the thread present issues that have been discussed and researched by gender studies scholars and feminist activists for some time, but gain a renewed urgency for the political and public sphere. The thread will build up 4 sub-topics: Care work, division of labour and changing health systems in times of crisis; Gender-based violence under lockdown; Migration, border regimes, migrant workers; Gender Studies, feminist politics and conservative backlash in times of corona. Through these subjects the thread wants to reflect on perspectives and challenges that the current situation brings along from a feminist and transnational point of view. New contributions are welcome and should be from around 700 to 1.500 words. For more information please contact email@example.com.
This thread critically considers the global effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on social relations, ranging from personal contacts to institutional and transnational configurations. The first contributions to this thread come from the inaugural edition of CATSarena, published by the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies in Heidelberg, Germany.
#constitutionmatters | #dreamsmatter | #educationmatters | #musicmatters | #poetrymatters | #respatialization | #sciencefictionmatters | #solidaritymatters
#DossierCorona is conceived as an open and modular form of contributions from different disciplines and regions of the university and world. Suggestions for new threads, single matters and contributions to existing threads by scholars, artists and practitioners of any discipline on archival, aesthetical, environmental, historical and other matters or issues of law, society, migration and others are welcome. Contributions are around 1.000-1.500 words. Suggestions for new threads should include a brief abstract that includes the guiding questions. Furthermore, we invite you to include up to 3 images (royalty-free or public domain) that relate to the thread topic. Please send your proposals to Moritz Buchner, firstname.lastname@example.org.
By William S. Sax. Following the rapid spread of social distancing to slow the spread of the Corona virus, Hindu nationalists developed the thesis that the rest of the world was merely adopting practices developed thousands of years ago by “Hindu civilization.”
By Marina Rudyak, Maximilian Mayer and Marius Meinhof. “We need not be at this point.” Such was the verdict of virologist Isabella Eckerle commenting on the second lockdown in the German talk show “Hart aber fair (Tough but Fair).”
By Prem Poddar. As the uncertainty of the interregnum stretches and seems as pliable as a virus-stained concertina, I cannot go anytime soon to my cottage in the multikulti hills of the Himalayas on the Indian side. It is a fortune shared by a considerable number of folks stuck elsewhere and everywhere on this beleaguered planet.
By Barbara Mittler. No Handshakes, no Hugs and no Bises: The global call for social distancing has significantly changed rules and gestures of conduct and etiquette that had travelled the world for centuries. The handshake is one such example.
By Maria José de Abreu. The coronavirus pandemic has brought to the fore the powers of numbers. As a vast stream of graphics, numbers and curves in yielding the global spreading of the virus makes apparent, numbers appear to count for how we are breathing in the world.
By Yaprak Melike Uyar. Due to globally unified measures for controlling the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been almost one year since musicians have not met their audiences.
“So, surely with hardship comes ease” (Quran 94:5): Seeking acceptance and the quest for unity during the Corona pandemic
By Yanti Hölzchen and Gulniza Taalaibekova. When the Corona pandemic gained momentum in early 2020, Kyrgyzstan was among the first countries worldwide to shut down international air traffic, to close their borders for foreign nationals, and to go into a governmentally initiated state of emergency.
By Johanneke Kroesbergen-Kamps & Hermen Kroesbergen. In Zambia, like in other African countries, the COVID-19 pandemic started very slowly, while the government was quick to take action. Even before the first Coronavirus case on Zambian soil was confirmed on 18 March 2020, hygiene measures were announced and all schools and universities were closed.
By Nadya Sbaiti. What is the point of teaching dystopian science fiction when actually living something just as terrifying? Reflecting on the last year in Lebanon, this essay argues for the pedagogical power of sci fi in thinking through the country’s popular uprising, economic implosion, pandemic, and port explosion.