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In a series of loosely connected reflections, the author attempts to situate the COVID-19 emergency relative to a more general sense of crisis in the early twenty-first century. French thinkers Bernard Stiegler and Michel Deguy are deployed to grasp the ecological character of this moment. The language and figures of confinement and de-confinement are considered with pleasure and curiosity throughout. The real conditions of a region much less affected by the virus than many others and the challenges and paradoxes of locality-in-emergency that are implied by this fortunate state of affairs are brought into relation to the broader world situation. Navigating the social changes underway and to come is briefly evoked, leading to questions of culture, leisure and education in conclusion.
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