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The Virus and the Home

What does the pandemic reveal about the private nuclear household? by Sophie Lewis for Bunkerbloggers (originally published on Patreon and at openDemocracy, reblogged by permission of the author). At the time of writing, humankind has well and truly entered the time of corona. In the hopes of ‘flattening the curve’ of the pandemic, vast swathes […]

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We Fought the MOOCS and Now They’re Back (and so are we)!

By Alexandra Juhasz, Liz Losh, Laura Wexler and Sharon Irish (for FemTechNet, femtechnet.org) Just a few years ago Massive Open Online Courses were grabbing headlines by promising to deliver Ivy League education to the masses all around the world. They failed.  Hundreds of thousands of eager learners signed up, but only a minuscule fraction of […]

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Covid in the Tropics

Guest Poetry for Bunker Bloggers by R. Zamora Linmark Thou Shalt Not Covid Due to the coronavirus-19, which is no longer a hoax but a pandemic, President Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence, at the advice of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and with the cooperation of Grindr are advising hunks, twinks, jocks, downlows, bicurious, Black fetishists, […]

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The Virus and the Plague: Albert Camus on COVID-19

By Debarati Sanyal, guest contributor for Bunker Bloggers In this time of coronavirus, Albert Camus’s classic The Plague (1947) has shot to the top of  literary charts. Set in Oran, a city in formerly French Algeria, the postwar novel opens on a swarm of rats emerging from their lairs to die in the streets, harbingers of the mass […]

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Safe Spaces

By Damon R. Young for Bunker Bloggers “It is not that what is past casts its light on what is present, or what is present its light on what is past; rather, an image is that wherein what has been comes together in a flash with the now to form a constellation.”  -Walter Benjamin, The […]

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Queer Coronasutra, or, How to have promiscuity in a Pandemic

By Eng-Beng Lim for Bunker Bloggers “We are able to invent safe sex because we have always known that sex is not, in an epidemic or not, limited to penetrative sex. Our promiscuity taught us many things, not only about the pleasures of sex, but also the great multiplicity of those pleasures.” — Douglas Crimp, […]

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What the Storm Blows In…by Jack Halberstam for BunkerBloggers

  That feeling when…every dystopian novel you have ever enjoyed, read and reread is suddenly happening in your own neighborhood! While my mind immediately turned to Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower, Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring, Neville Shute’s On the Beach, Camus’s The Plague, the book I was actually reading when I […]

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Smashing the Facade of a Hong Kong Ideal

By Denise Tse-Shang Tang, guest contributor for Bunker Bloggers “I only have time to die but not enough time to get ill.” As U.S. and Canadian universities catch up with online learning, the trend is reversed for once. Hong Kong academics are offering tips on Zoom, on how to capture students’ attention while webcams flicker […]

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Teaching at Zoom University

By Tav Nyong’o for Bunker Bloggers I don’t think much about the heady days of Web 1.0 anymore. Remember those? The breathless techno-utopianism of the 1990s seems a little ludicrous in retrospect. That bubble was punctured several times over by the rough reality of the intervening decades. But the first week of social distancing-turned-“stay at […]

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Welcome to the Apocalypse

By Lisa Duggan for the Bunker Bloggers As we shelter in place, socially distance and join Zoom University, the Bully Bloggers have decided to Bunker Blog.  Treading water as the flood of multiple catastrophes rises around us, we are speechless, but also have much too much to say. The human disaster produced by the virus […]