Lockdown and the Intimate 1: Confinement

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme: Geographers and COVID-19: Setting Our Direction for the Future
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Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 55
Organizers: Suncana Laketa, Sara Fregonese, Banu Gokariksel
Chairs: Suncana Laketa


The lockdown imposed upon cities, regions, and states as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented spatial intervention, both in terms of its scale and scope. Be it as a result of terrorism, natural disaster, or pandemic, lockdown is more than an intervention in physical space and infrastructure. It is also a security intervention that relies on and mobilizes the site of the intimate along different and often unequal geographies – from managing behaviour through social distancing to constructing embodied geographies of threat and vulnerability. This session draws attention to how the intimacies of lockdown are “felt, patterned, and practiced in everyday life” (Pain 2009: 467) through bodies, experiences, and subjectivities. How does the spatial politics of lockdown/confinement mobilize the site of the intimate? Moreover, how does the site of the intimate help forge possibilities and places of counter-narratives of solidarity, of shared vulnerabilities and care in contrast to renewed militarization, rising authoritarianism and the expanding spatialities of the carceral in everyday life? The intimate entanglements of lockdown are explored through a range of themes, including but not limited to:

• Dissecting scales and spatial politics of lockdown: managing space – from personal and domestic space to governing international borders
• Racialized vulnerability and threat
• Embodied confinement: class, age, gender and ethnicity in the experience of threat and vulnerability
• Affective, emotional, and sensorial landscapes of lockdown
• Well-being and care during lockdown
• Everyday life under lockdown
• Historical geographies of lockdown
• Intimate geographies of the “new normal” in the post-Covid city


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Seraphine Appel*, Pompeu Fabra University, When the day comes towards you: Pacing the intimate geographies of time between four walls 15 8:00 AM
Presenter James Baker*, University Of Nebraska - Lincoln, Locked Down, Sucked In, or Throwntogether? A Visual Autoethnography of a Home- Space in 2020 15 8:15 AM
Presenter Solange Muñoz*, University of Tennessee, Under Quarantine in a City Project: Stories of Food, Family, Fear and Community 15 8:30 AM
Presenter Lorraine Dowler*, Penn State University, Ann Bartos*, University of Auckland, Handle with Care: relationality and intimacy of care 15 8:45 AM
Discussant Linda Lapina Roskilde University 15 9:00 AM

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