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Call for Identities Virtual Symposium: The Viral Condition
May 31, 2020
COVID-19 is a truly global event. As the virus races past national borders claiming ever-new territories, the world seems to have come to an abrupt halt. Many nations across the world have undertaken emergency lockdown measures to contain the pandemic: from the closure of schools, universities, and public institutions to cafes, restaurants and commercial establishments that facilitate social life. Airspaces and public transport have been closed, travel is minimal, and public life is receding into private spaces as more and more people are asked to move to an online world. Put simply, the virus has turned a familiar world upside down, putting emergency brakes on a seemingly 24/7 non-stop world. The twenty-first century seems to be on pause, a pause that many are experiencing as an apocalyptic moment.
The virtual symposium invites short essays and think pieces (1500-2500 words), reflections and field notes from the state of lockdown that help think through these themes.
Send an abstract (200-300 words) to: Ravinder Kaur, University of Copenhagen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions are considered on a rolling basis.