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Being Human during COVID
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Science has taken center stage during the COVID-19 crisis; scientists named and diagnosed the virus, traced its spread, and worked together to create a vaccine in record time. But while science made the headlines, the arts and humanities were critical in people's daily lives. As the world went into lockdown, literature, music, and media became crucial means of connection, and historians reminded us of the resonance of the past as many of us heard for the first time about the 1918 influenza pandemic. As the twindemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice, embodied in mass protests following the death of George Floyd and other police-committed violence, tore through the United States, a contested presidential race unfolded, which one candidate described as "a battle for the soul of the nation."

Being Human During COVID documents the first year of the pandemic in real time, bringing together humanities scholars from the University of Michigan to address what it feels like to be human during the COVID-19 crisis. Over the course of the pandemic, the questions that occupy the humanities-about grieving and publics, the social contract and individual rights, racial formation and xenophobia, ideas of home and conceptions of gender, narrative and representations and power-have become shared life-or-death questions about how human societies work and how culture determines our collective fate. The contributors in this collection draw on scholarly expertise and lived experience to try to make sense of the unfamiliar present in works that range from traditional scholarly essays, to personal essays, to visual art projects. The resulting book is shot-through with fear and dread and frustration and prejudice, and, on a few occasions, with a thrilling sense of hope.


Kristin Hass, Introduction: Living with the Virus that Knows How We See Each Other
Part I: Naming
Christopher Matthews, This Virus Has No Eyes: Telling Stories in the Land of Monsters
Sara Blair, Facing our Pandemic
Patrick Bates, Alexandra Friedman, Adam Kouraimi, Ashley Lucas, Sriram Papolu, and Cozine, Living on Loss of Privileges: What We Learned in Prison
Michelle McClellan and Aprille McKay, Not Even Past: Archiving 2020 in Real Time
Part II: Waiting
David Caron, Waiting = Death: COVID-19, the Struggle for Racial Justice, and the AIDS Pandemic
Donald S. Lopez, Buddhism, the Pandemic, and the Demise of the Future Tense
Jim Cogswell, COVID Diary: Hands, Nets, and Other Devices
Amal Hassan Fadlalla, Social Distances in Between: Excerpts from my COVID-19 Diaries
Part III: Grieving
Suzanne L. Davis, Grief and the Importance of Real Things during COVID-19
Sara Forsdyke, Looking Backwards In Order to Look Forwards: Lessons about Humanity and the Humanities from the Plague at Athens
William A. Calvo-QuirOs, Protests, Prayers, and Protections: Three Visitations during COVID-19
Melanie Tanielian, Soliloquous Solipsism: An Attempt to Put Words to a Loss of Words
Part IV: More Waiting/Sheltering
Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Finding Home Between the Vincent Chin Case and COVID-19
Daniel Herbert, Caged with the Tiger King: The Media Business and the Pandemic
Nick Tobier, Prosthetics for Right Now
Part V: Resisting
Abigail J. Stewart, COVID-19's Attack on Women and Feminists' Response: The Pandemic, Inequality, and Activism
Eimeel Castillo, The Virus that Kills Twice: COVID-19 and Domestic Violence under Governmental Impunity in Nicaragua
Sueann Caulfield, "Our Steps Come from Long Ago": Living Histories of Feminisms and the Fight Against COVID in Brazil
Abigail A. Dumes, Making Sense of Sex and Gender Differences in Biomedical Research on COVID-19
Marisol Fila, Digital Encounters from an Intersectional Perspective: Black Women in Argentina
Verena Klein, The Media Discourse on Women-Led Countries in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Using Germany as an Example
Jayati Lal, Coronavirus Capitalism and the Patriarchal Pandemic in India: Why We Need A "Feminism for the 99%" that Focuses on Social Reproduction.
OEzge Savas, Whose Challenge is #ChallengeAccepted? Performative Online Activism During the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Erasures
Abiola Akiyode-Afolabiand and Ronke Olawale, COVID-19: Nigerian Women and the Fight for Holistic Policy
Part VI: Not Waiting
Roland Hwang, COVID-19 through an Asian American Lens: Scapegoating, Harassment, and the Limits of the Asian American Response
David Patterson, The High Stakes of Blame: Medieval Parallels to a Modern Crisis
Nicholas Henriksen and Matthew Neubacher, Un-Muting Voices in a Pandemic: Linguistic Profiling in a Moment of Crisis
Anita Gonzalez, Acting Out: Performance and Political Mobilization in the Pandemic


ISBN-13: 9780472038787
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Publication date: November, 2021
Pages: 408
Weight: 611g
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Subcategories: Public Health


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