Corona in Bangladesh

DOOR ELLEN BAL Nasrin heeft zich in haar huis teruggetrokken. Ze woont in de woning van haar ouders in Dhaka. De andere verdiepingen zijn verhuurd en zorgen voor wat inkomsten. Haar dagen besteedt ze aan het schrijven van artikelen. Af en toe brengt ze een kort bezoek aan de bazaar voor wat boodschappen. Zo snel als ze kan vlucht ze daarna haar veilige huis weer in. De opzet van de markten in Dhaka maakt social distancing onmogelijk. Onlangs maakte de regering bekend dat de lockdown is verlengd tot ten minste 15 mei. Nasrin kan het nog wel een paar weken …

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De dag die je weet dat gaat komen: ritueel in tijden van corona

DOOR IRENE STENGS Woensdag 15 april was het zover: de Koninklijke Bond van Oranje Verenigingen maakte het alternatieve programma voor Koningsdag bekend. Koningsdag 2020 zal de geschiedenis ingaan als Woningsdag. In plaats van het oorspronkelijk geplande bezoek van de koninklijke familie aan Maastricht, de vrijmarkten, de festivals en de koningsspelen, roept de bond iedereen op om vanuit zijn woning aan de viering deel te nemen. Vanuit het adagium “thuis én samen” beoogt de KBOV van Woningsdag een dag van nationale saamhorigheid te maken. Deze saamhorigheid zal vorm en inhoud krijgen door middel van een aantal collectieve rituelen: Het uitsteken van …

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Fieldwork and COVID-19: After a ‘Corona home run’ from Indonesia

BY SHANNON VAN LEEUWEN, EVELIEN VAN OVERVELD & FRIDUS STEIJLEN March 16, early in the morning I received a Whatsapp message from my student Shannon: ‘We received a letter from Campus saying that all students overseas should return home. What do you think?’ Wow, I thought, this is getting serious. There were already some Corona casualties in the Netherlands, mainly in the province of Brabant. Outside the Netherland mainly Italy and Spain were hit by the virus. Since 9 March we had stopped shaking hands, and between 12 and 15 March the so-called intelligent lockdown started. Initially until April 6, …

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New corona and anthropology

In the meantime, have a look at what some of our colleagues have been working on. Kim Knibbe (RUG) describes how a Nigerian Pentecostal megachurch is handling the virus. Leiden anthropologists have been actively blogging about the new coronavirus too. On this page, you will find an overview of their stories. Of a wholly different nature is the collection of memes and jokes Noel Salazar (KU Leuven) has been collecting on his Facebook page since the ‘ lockdown’. SpW hopes he will in due time present a viral anthropology analysis! Do you have a story to share about the virus? …

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Corona choices

BY FREEK COLOMBIJN Rumours, new societal practices, new state policies and self-imposed restrictions by organizations spread as fast as the Corona virus itself. It is almost certain that by the time this blog is published, or even by the time I stop writing, the situation has changed. What is clear: it is the rapid pace of the infection that is the biggest challenge for society, more than the lethality of the virus itself. Health systems run the risk of not being able to give large numbers of patients the necessary intensive care, hospitals are short of respirators, and health care …

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On the Brink of a Pandemic; “World, jiāyóu”

BY JOP KOOPMAN The city of Wuhan, ground zero of the coronavirus, is 6 six days under lockdown when residents take to WeChat and start to suggest that they should chant uplifting phrases from their apartment windows to one and another. The participants decide that at 20:00 p.m. on the 28th of January the chanting commences. As planned, the participants take to the windows and start to chant: Wuhan, jiāyóu!” from apartment to apartment, to building to building, filling the air with words of solidarity. A sense of harmony that’s unique and powerful in times of crisis.  A video shot …

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