The Dementia Letter Project: Writing good futures with dementia

This post is from Annelieke Driessen, an Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Title illustration by Bettina Klein. A fieldwork memory On a Thursday afternoon in one of the three care homes in the Netherlands where I spent time doing my doctoral research, Mrs Steen and I …

Living on the beautiful edge: Escape routes from the city

This post is written in collaboration with outdoor, travel, and landscape photographer Sam Knight who joined me for some of my walks and has provided all the photos for this blog. See his full website: http://www.samsknight.com. Like many others, when lockdown was first proposed, I was scared. I am one of those people who rent …

Disillusions of an early career researcher in mass-produced academia

This piece was anonymised and certain details were omitted to avoid negative repercussions on the careers of the authors. The summer after I defended my PhD and obtained a unanimous high distinction, I felt I was on top of the world. I was feeling a mix of excitement, wonder and a sense of being part …

The dream is over – Chronicles from the Italian Lockdown

We will go back to a new normality. One that allows us to move beyond capitalism. Dismantle colonial structures of oppression. And live in inclusive societies. During the first months of the global pandemic, the lockdown provoked utopias, dreams for radical change. Neoliberalism is over, announced a respected senior scholar at one of the many …

Go home: Coronavirus, national protection, and the lost path towards home

This is a guest contribution from Yunpeng (Dery) Du, A PhD Candidate in Applied Linguistics, based at UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom. Two weeks ago, an elder shouted hysterically at me when I was in Walthamstow Reservoirs, a small wetland sitting close to my accommodation in north London. “Go home!”, the shout created ripples …

Challenging Marriage as a Sociopolitical Script

This is a guest contribution from Siobhán Healy-Cullen, A PhD Candidate in Psychology with a critical social psychology perspective, based at Massey University, New Zealand. I self-identify as a cisgender heterosexual female, and I am in a monogamous long term relationship. On account of this, my sexuality and sexual identity is deemed to be ‘healthy’ …

Freedom, Oppression, Sacrifice: Chronicles from the Italian Lock Down (Part two)

I want to buy a car. I want my freedom back. Freeeee! The government has announced a softening of the lockdown. People can move now within their region. The radio clarifies that social distancing still needs to be maintained, it has become part of our ‘new normality’. Wear masks, keep distance, don’t hug, stand in …