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COVID-19

The latest post in our series on 'Solitude in the Time of COVID-19' comes from our postdoctoral researcher Charlie Williams, who reflects on his own experiences of solitude and sociality during lockdown.

COVID-19 and Captivity

COVID-19

Gabriel Lawson writes about prisoners-of-war dealing with isolation and its absence in the next post for our series on 'Solitude in the Time of COVID-19'.

Fence Me In

COVID-19

The novelist and professor of creative writing Patrick Flanery muses on isolation, pandemics and William Maxwell for the latest post in our series on 'Solitude in the Time of COVID-19'.

Feline Reflections on Lockdown

COVID-19

The newest post in our series on 'Solitude in the Time of COVID-19' comes from our official project cat Benji Franklin, who offers some meditations on solitude and lockdown from a feline perspective.

Further Thoughts on Cosmic Emptiness

COVID-19

Nick Jones offers some escapism with a video essay on science fiction solitude for our blog series on 'Solitude in the Time of COVID-19'.

Domestic Solitude in Early Modern Britain

COVID-19

We look to the past for the latest post in our series on 'Solitude in the Time of COVID-19', with Naomi Pullin offering some insights into how people remained sociable when physical distant from one another.

Self Isolation as Imprisonment?

COVID-19

In the 1980s, Shokoufeh Sakhi spent eight years in an Iranian prison, two of them in solitary confinement. Here, she reflects on current experiences of isolation and connection, as part of our series on 'Solitude in the Time of COVID-19'.

COVID-19 - Killing Off Older People?

COVID-19

Our series on 'Solitude in the Time of COVID-19' continues with a post from historian Pat Thane, who details the harmful effects of discrimination faced by older people during this pandemic.

A Torment Not Threatened in Hell Itself

COVID-19

Barbara Taylor, our Principal Investigator, contributes the next post to our series on 'Solitude in the Time of COVID-19', musing on the dangers of solitude throughout history.

Too Far, and Yet Too Close?

COVID-19

The next guest post in our series on 'Solitude in the Time of COVID-19' comes from Marie Kolkenbrock, who writes about finding the balance between proximity and distance during a pandemic