COVID-19 Disruption, Denudation, and Dawning

The global health crisis has disrupted every aspect of everyday/everynight realities, all across the globe. The disruption brought on by COVID-19 and government responses at all levels – local, national and international – was swift and deep. Along with disruption came a denudation, an exposure or stripping away of all sorts of social and economic truths that are ordinarily concealed. In geology, denudation refers to the slow erosive processes that cause landforms and landscapes to be laid bare, to be made naked. The denudation of COVID-19 was sudden, throwing into sharp relief the truth of ourselves – our communities, institutions, nation, and world. We learned, in new ways, that we are all connected – that my actions have consequences not only for myself, but for every person with whom I have contact; that we are “in this together”. But we also learned that while we are all in the same storm, we are not in the same boat (tweet by Damian Barr April 21, 2020). “Viral inequality” is not a new landscape; rather, established distractions and dressings were swiftly pulled back. And so, we are presented with an opportunity, or a dawning of a new day, of awakened imaginations for a more just and sustainable "normal". What will we do with the moment we are in?

Through this series entitled COVID-19 Disruption, Denudation, and Dawning, the GLRC hopes to inspire conversations and imaginations addressing the following questions:

  • How are deep-rooted dynamics of exclusion and structural violence reinvigorated, made new?
  • How do emergency responses by international organizations (e.g. ILO), national governments, and civil society differently impact certain individuals and groups, and what do we need to learn from their experiences?
  • What opportunities and strategies for transformation, for influencing a more just and compassionate “normal”, are emerging?

We invite you to contribute your blogs, reports, opinion pieces, and so on to glrc@yorku.ca.


The Equity Myth Through a COVID-19 Lens

On June 8, 2020, the GLRC held a recorded panel discussion with co-authors of The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities, Frances Henry, Enakshi Dua, and Carl E. James. Opening remarks were provided by Sheila Cote-Meek, York University Vice-President, Equity, People and Culture. Shirin Shahrokni acted as Discussant. The panel was chaired by GLRC Director Luann Good Gingrich. Listen to the discussion here.

COVID-19, the Canadian Labour Market, and Immigrants

GLRC Director Luann Good Gingrich and Andrew Mitchell have prepared a research brief entitled 'The Story So Far: COVID-19, the Canadian Labour Market, and Immigrants' exploring the differential impacts in the Canadian labour market among Canadian-born citizens, long-term immigrants, and more recent immigrants. Read the full brief here.

Anti-Black Racism and the Slow, Structured Violence of Social Exclusion

GLRC Director, Luann Good Gingrich, has written a statement on anti-Black racism and social exclusion, which you can read here.