Lisa Sideris recently published an essay related to Covid-19 lockdowns. Her essay “Listening to the Pandemic: Decentering Humans through Silence and Sound” appears in a volume edited by Alexander Hampton, Pandemic, Ecology, and Theology: Perspectives on Covid-19 (Routledge, 2020).
As the sequential stages of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic have unfolded, so have its complexities. What initially presented as a health emergency, has revealed itself to be a phenomenon of many facets. It has demonstrated human creativity, the oft neglected presence of nature, and the resilience of communities. Equally, it has exposed deep social inequities, conceptual inadequacies, and structural deficiencies about the way we organize our civilization and our knowledge.
The contributors, though differing in their diagnoses and recommendations, share the belief that this moment, with its transformative possibility, not be forfeit. Equally, they share the conviction that the chief ground of any such reorientation ineluctably involves our collective engagement with both ecology and theology.