Archive: Arena Online

‘We’ve Been Sick for a While…’: English Language Education Industry’s Problems Run Deeper than COVID-19

Many have made the case that the COVID-19 pandemic poses an existential threat to English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) and therefore to these jobs, students and institutions. Although this is nominally true, the crisis has revealed the unsustainable and unethical business practices on which ELICOS colleges have always depended.

COVID-19-inspired Western Altruism Ignores the World’s Unpeople

There is a forgetfulness present in the current crisis as we focus on the terrible tragedies unfolding in Western countries, especially the United States. These places are not the usual sites of such carnage—not on this epic scale.

‘Self-isolation’: Beyond the Urban Bubble

While the coronavirus reinforces a fear of the urban it also reminds us of the urban-centric mindset that has consistently privileged urban life over lives elsewhere.

Addressing Interiority

In the time of coronavirus, what happens to psychic life, to individual and collective subjectivity?

Global Capitalist Crisis Deadlier than Coronavirus (Part III)

The crisis triggered by the pandemic will leave in its wake more inequality, more political tension, more militarism and more authoritarianism; social upheaval, civil strife and mass popular struggles will likely escalate.

Imagined Communities Can’t Conquer Invisible Enemies

The coronavirus pandemic is a perfect storm in which the failure of the state is only dwarfed by the failure of the nation to provide any kind of unified, collective response.

Some (Un)intended Consequences

Without genuine oversight, openness and critique, this pandemic might change our social world in ways that are undesirable at best, and frightening at worst.

Global Capitalist Crisis Deadlier than Coronavirus (Part II)

When the health emergency comes to an end we may be left with a global economy even more dependent on militarised accumulation than before the virus hit, and with the threat that the ruling groups will turn to war.

COVID-19 and the Inconvenient Truth about Prisons

The inconvenient truth about prisons—that they fail us, harm us—has become a painful reality. COVID-19 gives us an opportunity to change.

Gathering In: When home calls, what are the lessons for social thinking?

The Covid-19 crisis has forced a critical question upon us that perhaps, collectively, we have taken for granted: how does our bodily presence, now estranged from almost every other body, shape our social relationships?

Global Capitalist Crisis: Deadlier than Coronavirus (Part I)

Financial speculation, pillaging the state, and debt-driven growth were ‘fixes’ that could not address the underlying structural conditions that triggered the 2008 financial collapse.

Changed Utterly

Robert Dinapoli reflects on the rapid spread of the coronavirus through a series of vignettes tracing his disrupted journey from upstate New York back to Melbourne.