6 feet apart: spaces and cultures of quarantine

Rob Shields*, Michael Schillmeier, Justine Lloyd, Joost Van Loon

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Introduction to Spaces and Cultures of Quarantine. This special issue assembles a set of short interventions selected by internal blind review from submissions in response to a call for papers. The contributors document the first phase of the pandemic from February to May 2020, reflect on and respond to the first few months of the global spread of COVID-19, its arrival in communities and its personal impacts and effects on the public realm, from travel to retail to work and civil society. They encompass many continents, from Latin America to Asia. Staying six feet apart provides a rubric for the spatial experience and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on urban life, our understanding of public interaction, crowd practice, and everyday life at home under self-isolation and lockdown. Time changed to a before and after of COVID-19. The temporality of pandemics is noted in its present and historical popular forms such as nursery rhymes (Ring around the Rosie). Place ballets of avoidance, passing by, long days under lockdown and hurried forays into public places and shops create a new social performativity and cultural topology of care at a distance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-220
Number of pages5
JournalSpace and Culture
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

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  • COVID-19
  • globalization
  • pandemic
  • space-time
  • spatialization


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