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European Sociologist

Issue 46: Pandemic (Im)Possibilities vol. 2

Editorial

This issue of The European Sociologist is going online at a moment in time which marks the anniversary of the Covid-19 pandemic. About a year ago, little did we know how lasting this crisis would be, how much it would affect all our lives and how much it would spread to other areas, such as the economy and the working world, culture and education, law and politics. The state of emergency is no longer a state of exception – it is now the ‘new normality’.

The authors included in this issue also could not have expected that many of the issues raised in their contributions would still persist a year later. We had launched the Call for Articles “Pandemic (Im)Possibilities” in March 2020, bringing in over 200 submissions, and we published over 40 of them in the first volume of “Pandemic (Im)Possibilities” – The European Sociologist issue 45 – in June 2020. In this second volume you can read and enjoy over 40 contributions clustered around the themes: Covid Politics; Covid Inequalities; Beliefs and Knowledges; Covid Life-courses; Life, Health, Death; Reflections; Mediating Covid; Covid Working; and Covid and the Arts.  

We would like to thank all those who submitted for their interest in the Call and their readiness to engage with it, by contributing pieces in a time where the pressure on scientists to publish as much as possible is often taking the fun out of writing. When The European Sociologist website was launched in 2018, one of the underlying principles was to allow for and generate ideas and thoughts which would be interesting and thoughtful, but which did not have to be fully worked out in the way of research proposals or articles in scientific journals. The pandemic has shown that we need to train ourselves more in improvising and in accepting that studies and results can only ever be works in progress and preliminary in nature.

This issue would not have been possible without the diligent work of Myriam Meliani, who managed a large part of the communication with the authors and made sure that all pieces are presented in a polished form. We would like to take the opportunity to thank her for her commitment to The European Sociologist issue 46, and also to thank the members of the ESA Communications committee who acted as an editorial board and who peer-reviewed all contributions submitted to the original Call.

This is the last issue worked out under our responsibility, and we depart wishing the best to The European Sociologist and its future editorial team. We both very much hope that The European Sociologist will continue to thrive as a platform for ESA members and sociologists worldwide.

Take care and keep going!

February 2021

Dr. Dagmar Danko, Editor 2018-2021
Prof. David Inglis, Co-editor and Chair of the ESA Communications committee 2019-2021

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From ESA – Strategies & Activities

President’s Message: Sociology moving ahead Marta Soler-Gallart
RN Reports – RN05 Sociology of Consumption Dr Stefan Wahlen
NA Reports – Sociology in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Political Consequences and Its Impact on Academic Research Dr Vedad Muharemović
ESA PhD Summer School 2020 - Plans and Reality Milica Antić Gaber
ESA PhD Summer School 2020 – Separate but together! Hamide Elif Üzümcü
Thesis Spotlight – Personalisation between Social Regulation and Subjectivation: Shifts in the Structuring of Contemporary Societies and Institutions Nika Šušterič

Doing Sociology – Funding, Teaching & Opportunities

Vulnerability. Enclosed Living: The Full Spaces of Emptiness Marina Ciampi
Coronavirus and Family Life: Challenges for Qualitative Longitudinal Research Ulrike Zartler
Beware! (of) Pandemic Imagination Karoline Krenn
Dear ESA Blanka Nyklová
Marginal thoughts” in a pandemic context. Distance dialogue between two sociologists and two teenagers (Carlotta and Michele, both 14 years old) Angela Maria Zocchi
Covid-19 in Italy: should sociology matter? Giampietro Gobo

Discussion – Key Debates, Viewpoints & Interviews

Covid politics – We Have to do Something About It! Agency and Pandemic Mikołaj Pawlak
Covid politics – The Unexpected Victory of the Nation State Agnieszka Bielewska
Covid politics – Pandemic, War Metaphors, and the Process of Civilisation Daniel Arenas
Covid politics – Crisis in the Time of Disaster (Coronavirus) Dr Veselin Mitrović
Covid politics – Morality and Solidarities in a State of Exception Teppo Eskelinen
Covid politics – Your Own Personal State of Emergency José Duarte Ribeiro
Covid politics – Beware of the Ministry of Purity Javier García-Martínez
Covid politics – Reflections on the COVID-19 Rupture: Towards Transformation Angela Martinez Dy
Covid politics – Calling Leaders’ Bluff: The Covid-19 Outbreak and Power Relations in European Societies Matteo Antonini
Covid politics – The Pandemic in Europe's Community of Destiny Stefania Adriana Bevilacqua
Covid politics – Being Tough (Enough?) – Navigating the Limits of Democratic Power in the Coronavirus Crisis Isabel Kusche
Covid Inequalities – Scenarios of Return (im)Mobility and Pandemic Izabela Grabowska
Covid Inequalities – The Butterfly and the Cocoon: The Chinese Community of Prato (Italy) during COVID-19 Laura Leonardi
Beliefs and knowledges – Between a Purifying and Polluting Spoon Milica Resanović
Beliefs and knowledges – The Sound of Silence: The Aestheticization of the Coronavirus in Service of the Production of Knowledge Dr Shirly Bar-Lev
Beliefs and knowledges – Coronavirus, Theodicy and Capitalism Bartholomew A. Konechni
Beliefs and knowledges – Toilet paper and pangolins: Magical thinking during the Covid-19 pandemics David Redmalm
Beliefs and knowledges – Socio-Ecological Mentalities and the Trilemmas of Covid and Climate Dennis Eversberg
Beliefs and knowledges – The Largest Possible Experiment: The Corona Pandemic as Nonknowledge Transfer Matthias Gross
Covid life-courses – Reflecting on Meta-Temporalities in the Study of Youth Futures Within the Covid 19 Pandemic Giuliana Mandich
Covid life-courses – Parents’ Home Office Challenges During the Corona Pandemic Lena Hipp
Covid life-courses – Robots Versus Human Care Workers in Elderly Care: Un-/empathic and Un-/Infected Marcus Persson
Covid life-courses – "My Life in Times of Coronaviruses": Changes in the Everyday Life of Children of Madrid Lourdes Gaitán
Covid life-courses – Alone Together: Biographical Crises in Times of Pandemic Ana Caetano
Life, health, death – Living in a Lockdown: An Opportunity to Enhance Physical Activities? Dr Mihaly Szerovay
Life, health, death – The "Bare Death": Biopolitics and Religiopolitics of Jewish Covid-19 Victims Noa Vana
Life, health, death – Pandemics, Social Sciences and Inequality of Time Cláudio Pinheiro
Life, health, death – The Display of Displaced Care: Funerals in Corona Times Erika Anne Hayfield
Reflections – (Inter)acting in a Different Timeframe Aurianne Stroude
Reflections – Relational Corona Dr. Markus Lange
Reflections – Everything has Changed and Nothing has Changed Hannah Bradby
Reflections – Pandemic Possibilities in Sweden – From a Room with a View Gabriella Wulff
Mediating Covid – Following the #. Italians and ‘Biographical Continuity’ Under Covid-19 Veronica Moretti
Mediating Covid – The Evolution of Fake News in the Context of Coronavirus: First Explorative Insights into the Emergence and Spread of Fake News in Austria Daniela Wetzelhütter
Mediating Covid – Epidemic, Pandemic, Infodemic: A Project in Three Acts Marc Hannappel
Covid Working – Becoming Irrelevant for the System: A Discussion of Terms Elke Hemminger
Covid Working – The Corona Crisis and the Systemic Relevance of Jobs in Germany: Towards a New Appreciation and Solidarity? Paul-Fiete Kramer
Covid Arts – Arts in Finland Sari Karttunen
Covid Arts – The Impact of the Pandemic on Artists: Case Study in Malta Dr Valerie Visanich
Covid Arts – Resisting Pandemics: Balconies, Musicians and Contemporary Lockdowns in Contemporary Spain Kerman Calvo
Covid Arts – The Show Must Go On(line) - Music in Quarantine Alenka Barber-Kersovan
Covid Arts – The State and the Arts in Sweden During the Initial Phase of the Covid-19 Crisis – Less Visible Losses in the Shadow of Lost Lives and Livelihoods Christopher Mathieu
Covid Arts – The Arts in the Time of Pandemic Dr. Olga Kolokytha
Mediating Covid - Covid-19 as a Global Risk and Global Chance Svetlana Hristova