The thread #socialdistancingmatters 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.
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.