Writing multi-vocal intersectionality in times of crisis

Katja Einola, Anna Elkina, Grace Gao*, Jennifer Hambleton, Anna-Liisa Kaasila-Pakanen, Emmanouela Mandalaki, Ling Eleanor Zhang, Alison Pullen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This article is a multi-vocal account, a form of writing differently, which captures our changing lives and livelihoods under the present global health crisis. Through the process of writing, we create a safe space to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic exposes our gendered, intersectional lives. Our writing gives voice to suppressed thoughts and embodied affects as they surface in relation to entrenched structural inequalities where we witness the marginalization of intersectional difference, in our case women, the feminine, and race in academia and neoliberal society. By rendering visible the structural inequalities that have become amplified during the pandemic, and the ways in which these inequalities have affected our everyday lives, we are able to give witness to intersectional differences. Our multi-vocal embodied text is offered as an emancipatory, affective mobilization of our lives, encompassing feelings of grief, loss, fear, anger, frustration, and vulnerability. This collective piece of writing gives rise to solidarity in a crisis-stricken world where we choose to live with hope.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages24
JournalGender, Work and Organization
Early online date5 Nov 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • academia
  • inequality
  • intersectionality
  • racism
  • writing

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