Pride looks different this year, at Leiden University and worldwide. While the coronavirus has forced most events to be cancelled or moved online, the Black Lives Matter demonstrations have renewed conversations about the intersections between movements for LGBTQ liberation and racial justice.
In many Asian countries, wearing masks is meant to protect the wearer. However, different understandings of the meanings of masks trigger questions on what exactly they are protecting. How does this perception of something that we all are living through affect the way masked subjects are viewed?
The COVID-19 crisis illuminates gendered and racialised aspects of precarity that were steeping in academia. The increased burden of unpaid care work has skewed research output. Casualised staff, many of them international, are expected to withstand the worst of the crisis. What action can we take?
It is becoming increasingly clear that the corona virus has never been ‘the great equalizer’. Instead, the pandemic reinforces existing differences and increases the inequitable situation of a number of communities. Amongst them are students and staff with disabilities within our academic community.
It is becoming increasingly apparent that the pandemic is not a social equaliser. Looking at the current situation with an intersectional lens will make clear that minorities and especially black communities face layered difficulties and issues that are not immediately visible.
Coronavirus drastically changed the spiritual and cultural practices of communities. For the first time, we are left separated from the integral elements that encompass our communal spirituality — family, friends and loved ones. It presents an additional difficulty as we navigate the new ‘normal’.