In the Special Issue of Puncta on “Pandemic Politics and Phenomenology”, Luna Dolezal and Gemma Lucas’ article titled “Differential Experiences of Social Distancing: Considering Alienated Embodied Communication and Racism” explores how the public health measures of social distancing—including lockdowns, social isolation, stay-at-home orders, shielding, and behaviour changes that have been introduced to curb the spread of the virus—are, in fact, having a differential impact on the lived experience of individuals in ways that are, again, co-determined by pre-existing social inequalities.
The article forms part of the special issue of Puncta: Journal of Critical Phenomenology (Vol 5, No 1) which has been co-edited by Jessica Stanier, Nicole Miglio, and Luna Dolezal.
In these new perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic, authors have attended carefully to the lived complexities of the contemporary global health crisis, and provide a glimpse at the rich theoretical toolkit and methodological potential within critical phenomenology today. The contributions helpfully intervene in, and enrich, ongoing discussion of public health by explicitly thematizing power relations, structural forces, and unequal distributions of privilege in their phenomenological analyses of lived experience.
Articles were prepared in 2020 and 2021. All aspects of the journal are published fully open access (CC BY 4.0) and are available to read here and via the links below.
“Editors’ Introduction” by Jessica Stanier, Nicole Miglio, and Luna Dolezal
– “We Feel Grateful and Alive to be Doing This Work Together: Phenomenological Reflections on a 2020 Summer of Feminist Research Across Difference” by Qrescent Mali Mason, Noorie Chowdhury, and Sofia Esner
– “Becoming a “Vulnerable Senior” in the Days of COVID-19” by Hans-Georg Eilenberger, Annemie Halsema, and Lotte Schuitmaker
– “Embodied Social Habit and COVID-19: The Ethics of Social Distancing” by Danielle Petherbridge
– “Differential Experiences of Social Distancing: Considering Alienated Embodied Communication and Racism” by Luna Dolezal and Gemma Lucas
– “COVID-19 and the Anxious Body” by Dylan Trigg
– “Embracing Misfit Bodies: A Reflection on My Brother’s Dementia in the Time of COVID-19” by Sara Cohen Shabot