Tag: coronavirus

A High-Tech Pandemic?

Amplified by the powers of high technologies, capitalist expansion has moved to a new level, recalibrating the borders between humans and the natural world and producing effects across species.

Unacknowledged Legislators

All the received wisdoms and shibboleths of contemporary politics and economics, which have (among much else) lifted Donald Trump to his present bad eminence and left parliaments in many lands beset by extreme right-wing parties and ideologues, need reviewing in a fresh light.

The Old Social Virus: Racism and Social Distancing of Ethnic Minorities

Eventually, we trust, the virulence of the pandemic will recede, and the social-distancing measures associated with it will ease too. But what will happen to those disadvantaged groups whose public life is threatened not by an easily transferable, invisible freak virus but rather the older tenacious social contagion called racism?

Constructing Melbourne’s COVID Pariahs

The latest spike of cases in the west and north of Melbourne allows the rest of Melbourne to construct COVID as a disease of migrants and the irresponsible casual workforce…

American Dream

Not just precarity but destitution threatens under conditions of COVID, and especially in the United States it threatens people of colour.

The Virus as a Stage of History

If we are in a 'viral age', then as humanity we are in a jam, with a permanent gap between the problem and a techno-solution…

Webtoon From the Field: Coronavirus as Lived by Artists

Arena Online

UB

23 Jun 2020

Dear Artist, How has the coronavirus affected you?

Negotiating Survival Through Crisis: Art, Galleries and Museums

This is the opportunity to create intimate encounters, where the relationship between people and art becomes a testament to living.

Nurturing a Better, Fairer Food System

COVID-19 is shining a bright light on the nature and importance of community. It is also exposing our vulnerabilities through the ultimate human need, the need for food.

Refugees and Australia’s double standards on COVID-19

Why has the Australian government failed to apply the principles and standards of health protection that are upheld in the wider community to places of detention?

Postcard from the Field: COVID-19 in the Northern Territory

Since the increase in benefit payments, and since Centrelink has stopped breaching people for not meeting mutual-obligation requirements, we have experienced something like a 70-per-cent reduction in calls on our emergency relief funds at the Central Australian Youth Link-Up Service.

Last Chance for Universities?

How bad will it be? Up until the COVID-19 pandemic, international-student revenue for Australian universities had been around 25 per cent across the sector, with many of Australia’s ‘sandstone’ universities relying on international students for at least a third of their income. The loss of much of this revenue for the near to mid-future represents the biggest crisis the sector has faced. …universities will act vigorously to manage their finances.