Lockdown and the Intimate 2: Care

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: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM (PST)
Room: Virtual 55
Organizers: Suncana Laketa, Sara Fregonese, Banu Gokariksel
Chairs: Sara Fregonese


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 Wagner Rezende*, Universidade Federal De Goias, Silenced Rituals: Religious Ambiances in the City of Trindade in the Context of COVID-19 15 9:35 AM
Presenter Henriette Bertram*, Universität Kassel, Johanna Niesen*, University Kassel, Outdoor play during the Corona crisis: Children’s and families’ changing every-day geographies during the early weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic 15 9:50 AM
Presenter Caroline Faria*, University of Texas - Austin, Call for papers: the politics of care amidst COVID-19 15 10:05 AM
Discussant Sara Fregonese University of Birmingham 5 10:20 AM

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