Articles with tag: COVID-19

09/03/2020 _Perspective

Of Animal Love and Abuse

Exploring Ambivalent Human-Animal Relationships in Tiger King (2020) during the COVID-19 Pandemic

On April 11, 2020, Girls star Lena Dunham tweeted the following: “Text from my mother: By the way we stopped watching tiger [sic] came because there are no nice people except the Tigers. #TigerKing”. [1] Amidst the vast array of tweets, posts, memes, or other social media content referring to what now counts as one of the most popular Netflix productions to date, Dunham’s post sparked my interest in the show. […]

Caring like a State

Politicizing Love, Touch, and Precarious Lives in the Time of COVID-19

The year 2020 will be remembered as the year of the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The pandemic spread around the globe, and as of February 5, 2021,[footnote]“WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Dashboard,” World Health Organization, 2020, accessed December 1, 2020, .[/footnote] 104,370,550 persons had been infected, with an additional 271,180 lives taken to an early grave — sadly, this tragic record will only increase in the upcoming months. As the death toll steadily rose throughout the year, several voices were heard, crying for the need for more compassion, more love, more kindness […]

Editorial: Love

Politics, Practices, Perspectives

Love as a concept has been simultaneously central and marginalized within the humanities and the arts. It has been theorized in various and often contradictory ways, positioned as both oppressive and liberating; on the one hand, serving political and economic agendas and, on the other hand, fostering solidarity within political action. This issue of On_Culture seeks to open up the complexity presented by love and its relevance to cultural discourses within academic debates, social practices, and the political present. […]