— by Julia Molinari
First quarter of 2021. Year #2 of COVID19. Working at home. Small market town, The Midlands, UK.
Like many, I have not set foot on campus for over a year, but I have been emergency remote teaching, home schooling, and researching despite mixed messages about whether business as usual is possible, let alone desirable. Indeed, whether ‘business as usual’ is ever an appropriate moniker to describe academia remains moot. The connotations of ‘business’ with profit, commodity and performativity are all too close for comfort.
Julia Molinari has chosen the chronicle as the genre through which to reflect in times of COVID 19