Queering Care and the Space–Time Disruptions of COVID-19 by Rajeev Kushwah

For Season 2 of Supplement we bring you experiences from the field published in EPW Postscript, read by the authors.

On this episode we have Rajeev Anand Kushwah reading his article titled 'Queering Care and the Space–Time Disruptions of COVID-19' in which he reflects on his experiece of conducting ethnographic research during the COVID-19 pandemic, and dealing with the disruptions in space and time that are encounterd in the process of conducting research mediated by the internet. Rajeev Kushwah is a queer Bahujan writer and researcher pursuing a master’s in women’s studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.



This is the place where i started working on my thesis ​​​​​(a different understanding of "field")
and it was require a disruption from the library space i've been used to work.
This was a moment of disruption as this is not even a table. it's a steel box (called baxa)
that we use to keep winter clothes and 'razai.' In the same room, ​​​​​​my father would work
on the desk computer and my sister would attend her classes on the bed through a study table.


This is one of the rare moments when I felt that the online world can also present a field
that as engaging as being in a physical space. This comment was on a post from one
of the participants. In the post, I had discussed the emotional turmoil of engaging with
research on a deeply personal and sensitive topics, and encountering so many setbacks,
primarily due to the online-offline dichotomy. This comment made all the difference for me
as it made me believe in the impact of what I was doing.


Images courtesy: Rajeev Anand Kushwah

Music: Clair De Lune (Prelude) by Claude Debussy performed by JuliusH


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