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May 27th 2020 0

Invisible Enemies: Witchcraft and the Virus

When politicians started calling the coronavirus an “invisible enemy”, it was obvious that the rhetoric accompanying the pandemic was moving from science to magic. Both Donald Trump and Boris Johnson have used the phrase: coined by the former …

May 27th 2020

Two Faces of Trust: Why Trust Matters for COVID-19

Trust is at the heart of societal and governmental responses to COVID-19, and will inevitably shape and be shaped by those responses. On the one hand, trust is essential for democratic governments needing the consent and support of citizens to cooperate w…

May 27th 2020

Breaking Bread in the Time of Corona

I too have measured out my life with coffee spoons in the endless days of the lockdown. Instant coffee, to be precise, as I follow the global Dalgona coffee phenomenon that appears daily in my ‘news’ feed. Frothy and photogenic, this take on a…

May 27th 2020

Deadly Intimacies: Covid and the Anthropocene

‘I do not intend to conflate ecological with epidemiological calamities, though of course they can be intimately linked’, wrote Anahid Nersessian in 2013. Can we, though, compare Covid-19 to the Anthropocene, the proposal that we have entered …

May 27th 2020

Golden Rules in a Time of Pandemic

A striking feature of life during a pandemic is our interest in rules. Rapidly changing legal rules regulate our everyday decisions about where we can go, what we can do, and whom we can visit. In addition to the legal rules there are the various, and som…

May 27th 2020

Saints, Relics and Belief in a Time of Pandemic

For a historian of religion, an interesting aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been witnessing the resurgence of popular interest in religious beliefs and practices across Europe that might have seemed archaic, alien and even downright odd before the cha…

May 27th 2020

Media, language and corona

Plagues, pestilence, inundations and devastations, usually visited upon a complacent people, are as old as our oldest myths (perhaps we should have paid them more attention). But in Covid-19 and the global misery and havoc it is causing there is also some…

May 26th 2020

Thomas Aquinas on the Book of Job: Some Lessons for a Pandemic

Finding myself shut indoors until further notice and scouring my home library for a book that could provide solace in these trying circumstances, my eyes fell upon a work by Thomas Aquinas: Literal Exposition on Job. As you will recall, Job is the biblica…

May 26th 2020

What if the Romans had Contracted Coronavirus?

The dramatic impact of the Coronavirus has highlighted how thankfully rare pandemics are in the modern world. The Roman empire, by contrast, suffered from regular bouts of contagion, among the most deadly of which were the Antonine and Justinianic plagues…

May 26th 2020

Planning in the 20th Century and Beyond

Planning in the 20th Century and Beyond both looks back and looks forward at the role of planning in the economic development of countries. We examine the history and experiences of planning in India, but in a global context. In the light of this history,…

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May 27th 2020 0

The pitfalls of video-calls (and how to avoid them like a pro)

Let’s face it – stepping (sitting) in front of a camera has become a staple component of working from home during the global pandemic.…

May 27th 2020 0

Another Day, Another Gas Leak: Business and Human Rights in India

The recent gas leak from the LG polymer gas plant has wreaked havoc in the town of Visakhapatnam in India. A toxic gas – styrene – leaked at around 3 am on May 7 from LG Polymer, a South-Korean-owned local plastic-manufacturing plant.…

May 26th 2020 0

The regional politics of austerity after the Great Recession: What lessons can we learn from Italy and Spain?

The world is currently facing the most serious health crisis in more than a century. While virtually all countries have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is some variation in the spread of the virus and the extent to which it has disrupted soc…

May 22nd 2020 0

Batchelor Prize 2020

Congratulations to Alexander J. Smits on being awarded the 2020 Batchelor Prize ‘for seminal contributions to our understanding of the structure of wall turbulence at very large Reynolds and Mach numbers, especially through the design of innovative …

May 21st 2020 1

Theological Roundtable: The Responsibility of Theologians and Scholars of Religion to Confront Genocide

A quarter of a century has passed since the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the 1995 genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The anniversaries of these tragedies beckon us to reflect on the responsibility of theologians, scholars of religion, and religious educator…

May 21st 2020 0

Moldova’s Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

HEPL blog series: Country Responses to the Covid19 Pandemic   Moldova’s Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic Tatiana Paduraru   Background of the state of the pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic started in Moldova on 7 March when the first pat…

May 21st 2020 0

Quebec’s Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

HEPL blog series: Country Responses to the Covid19 Pandemic   Quebec’s response to the coronavirus pandemic   Greg Marchildon [1] [2] Amélie Quesnel-Vallée [2] [3] Madeline King [2] Antonina Maltsev [2] [1] Institute of Healt…

May 20th 2020 0

Bringing the toll of disasters and trauma on mental health to the forefront of psychiatric discussion and practice

The British Journal of Psychiatry (BJPsych) has collaborated with the World Psychiatric Association to examine the mental health aspects of disasters and trauma, aiming to strengthen the contribution of psychiatrists to reduce distress, illness and s…

May 19th 2020 0

The U.S. Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

HEPL blog series: Country Responses to the Covid19 Pandemic   The U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic Mathew Alexander1, Lynn Unruh2, Andriy Koval21School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University 2Department of Health Management and Inform…

May 19th 2020 0

Albania’s Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

HEPL blog series: Country Responses to the Covid19 Pandemic   Albania’s response to the coronavirus pandemic Andi Hoxhaj, University of Warwick   The coronavirus pandemic officially started in Albania on 8th of March when the Ministry of H…

May 19th 2020 0

Poland’s Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

HEPL blog series: Country Responses to the Covid19 Pandemic   Poland’s response to the Coronavirus Pandemic Michał Zabdyr-Jamróz, Iwona Kowalska-Bobko   As of 8th May Poland has reported a total of 15,200 confirmed COVID-19 cas…

May 18th 2020 0

Meet the Editors: Q&A with Professor Andrew Hemphill, Editor for Parasitology

Welcome to our  “Meet the Editors” series, where we interview the editorial team about their work and their relationship to the journal.…

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