About this blog
„Witnessing Corona“ is inviting contributions of max 2000 words that address questions of: – Social solidarity and moral blaming – Living a life in social and/or physical isolation – Unequal biosocial and/or psychological vulnerabilities – Political-economic implications for healthcare infrastructures – Historically contingent forms, possibilities, and risks of governmental intervention – And a host of […]

Pandemic Affects, Planetary Specters, and the Precarious Everyday
Encountering Covid-19 as a Nomad with (Half)Grown Roots
“Ein Gespenst geht um in Europa.” A specter is haunting Europe. – Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (1848) Until there is breath, there is hope! A Bengali Proverb[1]     “Material nature, it is said, is the reason for cause and effect and agency; the person is said to be the cause in the experiencing […]

Does COVID-19 facilitate new migration?
Exploring a fast-expanding Indian diaspora in Germany
Mobility and the Coronavirus The coronavirus has impacted mobility in more ways than just one. On the one hand, international mobility has almost come to a standstill due to national lockdowns and restrictions on airplanes and long-distance trains. On the other hand, forced migration during the pandemic has brought forth devastating effects in the lives […]

Hier in Berlin-Wilmersdorf
Autoethnographische Erkundungen des spirituellen Umgangs mit der Corona-Pandemie
“There is no safe place.” (Walter Mignolo 2011:62)   In Berlin-Wilmersdorf, wo ich wohne, sieht es gerade etwas wie am FKK-Strand an der Ostsee von Graal-Müritz aus. Die Sonne strahlt vom Himmel, die Menschen spazieren gut gelaunt durch die Gegend, nur zwitschern hier in Berlin die Spatzen von den Bäumen statt der im Wind fliegenden […]

Instagram as a Catalyst for Digital Gemeinschaft During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Vietnam
In early 2020, news articles documenting a possible coronavirus pandemic began appearing in countries worldwide, and while concerns were rife, few could have envisaged that so many of society’s taken-for-granted routines and norms would endure the disruption so visibly seen and felt in recent months. Across the world the recursive patterns of daily life suddenly […]

The Militarisation of the COVID-19 Response in South Africa
The imponderabilia of our COVID times As medical anthropologists well versed in the social grammar of infectious disease, the global spread of the coronavirus has pressed us to the edges of history. Writing from the centre, the ground keeps shifting as we try to hold the scale of the pandemic in conversation with the unfolding […]

Emerging from Lockdown
“Moral pioneering” in Everyday Practices for Women in Europe and North America
As Europe and North America begin to ease lockdown restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, this essay looks broadly at how people, especially women, assess and justify risk and the morality of social contact, and the actions they take as a result. In other words, how do women act as “moral pioneers” (Rapp 1988) while navigating […]

Mixed Messages
COVID-19, a Cartoon Heroine, and Violence Against Women in Mexico
One of the gendered impacts of COVID-19 is the surge of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in many parts of the world as a result of lockdowns and stay-in-place orders (UN Women 2020). Using Mexico as a case study, I will address possible causes for the rise of VAWG during the current pandemic, and […]

When “Slow Violence” Collides with Visceral Hunger
COVID-19 and the Current and Future Food System of Cape Town, South Africa
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated both the unsustainability and the fragility of our current food system, across multiple scales. COVID-19 has proven to be the litmus test for the current industrialized food system, one that has, in certain circles, been championed as being the only way in which society can ensure adequate global food supply […]

Whose Space is this?
A Multispecies Auto-Ethnography of Viral-Human Negotiations in the Contact Zone
Just as this intimidating encounter of an orang-utan in the city SARS-CoV-2 reshapes the spatial and temporal organization of (public) social space. Source: Orangutan by Taylor Herring (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).   “Like faces pressed against a window, they leer at me menacingly: their very nearness is what menaces” (Timothy Morton 2013).   Co-existing with SARS-CoV-2 […]

„In Isolation“
Dokumentation über die Zeit nach dem COVID-19 Lockdown
Die Idee zu dem Film „In Isolation“ ist während der Zeit nach dem Corona-Lockdown im März 2020 entstanden. Die damit verbundene kollektive Isolation, die uns alle in Österreich in Distanz zueinander und zur Außenwelt setzte, hat mich so in ihren Bann gezogen, dass ich von heute auf morgen begann, dieses Projekt umzusetzen. Die Zeitspanne von […]