This collective exploration of our response to COVID-19, the phenomenon of enforced absence, and our need for basic sustenance was organised by Afri, Feasta, Irish Seed Savers and Maynooth University on September 11.
Nadia Hansen interviews Dundalk-based social worker Dr Washington Marovatsanga on cultural competence, enforced absence, the relationship between power and knowledge production, the problematic ‘palliative care’ orientation of social work, and a Global South philosophy of collectivism.
"It is a privilege to work from home and therefore lessen one’s risk of being exposed to the virus. Racialized people living in low income households...are not afforded this luxury," writes Nadia Hansen.
"This is a rare chance for systemic change," writes Mike Sandler. "Will we be able to achieve systemic solutions instead of half measures or symbolic but meaningless “show” achievements that do not help people in tangible ways?"
"As societies transition into reopening different sectors, there are massive considerations to take into account. I want to emphasize the importance of using an intersectional lens whilst devising solutions," writes Feasta intern Nadia Hansen.
“A suspicion of elite agendas seems to me to be wholly reasonable," writes Brian Davey. "Rather than knock conspiracy theorists, the purpose of this essay is see where they are likely to go wrong and why they may go wrong.”