ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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(Non)Humanising the Home in the Anthropocene

Notes from a ‘Lockdown’

The concept of home is revisited in the context of the pandemic to ask whether we can think about other species and their habitats in the Anthropocene. By weaving instances from literature, where the idea of home has served as a critical philosophical and cathartic plot point, with phenomenological readings of home, this article asks how the pandemic may help us reimagine home in its many resonances of shelter, sanctuary, house, bunker, and community. How does the pandemic modify and have an impact on the various inflections of home?


A subtle but certain after-effect of the ongoing pandemic is its insidious effect on time. Many countries implemented “lockdowns” to safeguard the public against the worst of the pandemic and India also saw its first national lockdown from 24 March 2020 for 21 days. Now, almost a year later, it does not feel like the crisis is thwarted or the danger averted. Living through the lockdown has for many people translated into an extended, “new normal” experience of home as people have been working from home.

Whither Homes?

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Updated On : 22nd Mar, 2021
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