Northern Notes

Dr Sarah Marusek questions the universal norms on which ‘evidence-based science’ rests in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.  As the COVID-19 crisis further colonises our socio-political landscapes, I keep hearing public voices call upon politicians to better craft policy according to evidence-based science. It seems that we not only...

In this third Interlude, Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli examines the production of ‘facts’ in the Tory COVID-19 lockdown policies through a spoof science fiction story. Screenplay: The BorisBundleFly[i] Submission date: 4 May 3001 During the first major 21st-century SARS pandemic, the brilliant scientist John Shipman begins to experiment with time travel....

In this post Dr Abel Ugba analyses the responses of religious groups to COVID-19 restrictions. He concludes that religion remains connected to various aspects of our postmodern society and it is still a potent force for rallying social solidarity and instigating conflicts and conformity.  Religion, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic,...

 Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli explores the moral and political ramifications involved in the rushed relaxation of border control and the reinstitution of tourism mobilities without any effective protection from COVID-19. Virulent rights and duties That human freedom and autonomy should be respected is a given in those parts of the world...

After presenting the most significant challenges faced by the Sri Lankan tourist industry since decolonisation, Dr Kamalika Jayathilaka reflects on what it means to put the sector under complete lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Almost a decade back, I journeyed the many nooks and crannies of my island...

Dr Maria Rovisco debates the forms of communal solidarity and informal policing that have emerged during the COVID-19-induced lockdown. The Covid-19 pandemic is a public health crisis that has challenged our way of life and has laid bare the deep social inequalities[i] of contemporary societies. But the crisis has also...

In this post, Josiah Kidwell reflects on the ways COVID-19 has made the use of new technologies more central to religion,  prompting a series of questions concerning religious practice, rituals and core norms. On Good Friday, Catholics around the world followed a live broadcast of Pope Francis celebrating the Stations...

In this essay, Pedro Scuro debates the deep mistrust society displays towards intellectuals and the urgent need to revive people’s trust in science, public authorities and the media as mediators of a brave new world. OUR SOCIETY MISTRUSTS intellectuals, although at times it closes the eyes and from the less...

In this short Interlude, Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli follows adult Melissa’s flourishing into a medical doctor and screenwriter exploring the intricacies of bureaucracy. Screenplay: The Bone Collector, XII Submission date: 4 May 3000 A new mutation of corona virus (COVID-40) arrives that slowly turns the world into a graveyard. A super-sick...

In this post, Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli wonders what happened to our ability to notice the things that make us happy during the COVID-19 lockdown The COVID-19 carousel Two days ago, I opened the bedroom window and the soft breeze blew in a ladybird. I spent a few minutes chasing it...