Lockdown and the Intimate 3: Exposure

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: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 55
Organizers: Suncana Laketa, Sara Fregonese, Banu Gokariksel
Chairs: Banu Gokariksel


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 Maria Hagan*, University of Cambridge, “This is going to be like being in a reality TV show isn’t it?” Life among displaced women negotiating the Calais border during the Covid-19 lockdown 15 11:10 AM
Presenter Rebecca Maria Torres*, The University of Texas at Austin, Valentina Glockner-Fagetti, El Colegio de Sonora, Amy Thompson, The University of Texas at Austin, Nohora Constanza Niño Vega, El Colegio de Sonora, Gabriela García Figueroa, El Colegio de Sonora, Caroline Faria, The University of Texas at Austin, Lockdown and the List: Mexican Migrants, Asylum Denial and the Feminist Geopolitics of La Espera (Waiting/Hoping) 15 11:25 AM
Presenter Geetika Anand*, University of Cape Town, Sophie Oldfield*, University of Cape Town, Life Laid Bare: Everyday Lived Experiences of South Africa’s COVID-19 Lockdown 15 11:40 AM
Presenter Suncana Laketa*, University of Neuchatel, Sara Fregonese*, University of Birmingham, Lockdown: the intimate entanglements of war, terror and virus 15 11:55 AM
Discussant Banu Gokariksel Department of Geography 5 12:10 PM

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