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30 April 2021
Geographical Issues and Insights Associated with COVID-19
The current Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has brought to the fore how socio-economic, cultural, and political relations are being reconfigured. The spatial implications of COVID-19 reflect and exacerbate existing social inequalities and in multiple intersectional ways. Geographers have an invaluable opportunity to provide analyses and critiques, identify good practices and mechanisms for change that would inform practice and policy-making, and generate new theoretical frames.
Social and Cultural Geography invites submissions of theoretically consequential empirical research that examines such issues, in particular grounding the analyses in geographical concepts, methods and literature.
Suggested themes include, but are not limited to:
- The gendered dimensions of inequality, such as the impact of COVID-19 on paid work; the unequal distribution of unpaid domestic and caring work; and gendered violence
- The ways in which COVID-19 is experienced differently by different age groups, in particular children or older adults, as well as the relational geographies of age (including intergenerational ties)
- The impact of COVID-19 on migration and mobility, such as the immobility of lockdown; impact on migrant workers who unexpectedly lost their jobs; new forms of migration infrastructures that emerged to assist in repatriation and key/essential worker mobilities;
and the accentuated challenges faced by internally displaced people, refugees and asylum seekers
- The existing and new social, economic and cultural inequalities that surfaced under emergency conditions, especially intersectional inequalities such as race-ethnicity, gender, sexualities and socio-economic status.
- The emergence of new forms of and on mutual aid and collective action, such as models of cross-cutting COVID-19 activism and advocacy or the ‘quiet’ acts of friendship/ neighbourliness
- New perspectives on geographies of health and wellbeing during the pandemic; to include health risk, physical-mental health, attitudes to hospitals; spatial experience of ‘shielding’/ isolation / physical distancing to limit COVID-19 risk
- Environmental gains and relationship to green spaces during the pandemic, including regulation of and access to public spaces
- The geographies of home, work, childhood and identity under COVID-19, including limitations on social contact and access to family, friends, dating, gyms, playgrounds, clubs, places of worship, bars etc.
- The geographies of the end of life, dying, funerals, cemeteries and crematoria during COVID-19, including the impact of pandemic regulations.
- Cultural sectors during the pandemic, including digital culture, the arts and performance, the role of satire, the media and social media influence.
- The ways in which more-than-human aspects are implicated in the pandemic such as to do with viruses, animals, the divine and other multi-species considerations
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It is expected the special issue will include up to eight papers of 7000-9000 words long; submissions will go through normal submission with a view to online first publication by early 2022.
An abstract (300 words) and the author/s short bios (100 words each) should be submitted to Elaine Ho ([email protected]) and Avril Maddrell ([email protected]) by 30 October 2020. Full research papers should be ready for submission by 30 April 2021.