• Mumtaz Afreen

New Technologies, New Orientations



This week we are back from our hiatus! 2020 has been a tumultuous year for many people. We (Shelley & Mumtaz) have experienced the tumult of the COVID-19 pandemic and global political unrest, albeit in different ways and registers. After our spring semesters were disrupted abruptly by the outbreak of the pandemic, we gave ourselves permission to take a break from publishing on e-carity and readjust to new health, economic, and social realities. In June, as we were trying to reestablish consistent contact, the Black Lives Matter movement began remobilizing public protests worldwide in response to the state sanctioned murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor,Tony McDade and others. As this social justice movement gained momentum, the degree of state sanctioned violence also escalated. The urgency of the political moment and the enormity of mounting crises seemed to demand more than what our reflections could address. We had no words–or at least none that seemed adequate– to speak to the moment in which we were living.


And yet, the topics we initially set out to address–escalating precarity, increased care needs, and neocolonial technologies enmeshed in both tensions–continue to be relevant. With adequate time to reflect and reconvene, we have decided to continue but also reorient our work here.


As we continue to explore the linkages between technology, precarity, and care, we want to consider two important matters: the need to investigate surges of state sanctioned violence which produce precarity and the need to respond to those surges referencing both activist, as well as scholarly resources. Coronavirus has– in 6 months– produced new ways of thinking about, talking about, accessing, and engaging with technology. It has also revealed the ways in which classism, racism, misogyny and other forms of oppression make some bodies more vulnerable than others, even within settings centering care. Emergent technologies, such as Zoom, COVID trackers, and fast-track vaccines, make it urgent to reflect on and respond to shifts in necropolitical and biopolitical regimes. These technologies that are being introduced within the global capitalist matrix are now rapidly transforming the ways we understand care and experience precarity.


Conceived by us as an interdisciplinary, intergenerational, intersectional collaboration from the start, e-carity is now open for submissions from contributors all over the globe. We hope to feature guest contributors each month. If you are interested in contributing art or analysis to our blog, please see the guidelines listed here. We will also be developing a submission system for those who would like us to link to their care networks or resources through a master link or document. More on this soon.


We are excited to move in this new direction with you! Thanks, in advance, for helping us to develop a more collective and responsive presence here on e-carity. Again, don’t hesitate to contact us via our contact form or via e-mail as provided on our contributor guidelines page. We are looking forward to hearing from you.


Best,

Shelley Park and Mumtaz Afreen


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