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Life Under Lockdown 

From 2020 to 2022, I explored various facets of life under lockdown in Aotearoa/NZ. My primary focus was on the experiential facets of Covid-19 restrictions, culminating in a special co-edited colloquy in Cultural Anthropology and my MAT article, “Reconsidering the Declaration of ‘Crisis,’ while Living through One,” as well as examinations of how citizens are not merely passive recipients of lockdown measures but may take an active role in constituting states of emergency (see my special issue of Anthropology Forum, and my articles, “From Lockdown to Rāhui and Teddy Bears in Windows” and "Rethinking States of Emergency”.


Focusing more globally, I have explored how Czechs managed to engage in mandatory wearing of face masks when there weren’t enough face masks to go around and the meanings of citizens; involvements in "pandemic policing."


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Edited Journal Issues

2022. Imagination, the Ordinary and the Extraordinary: COVID-19 in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Double special issue of Anthropological Forum: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Comparative Sociology. Co-edited with Sanchita Vyas. 

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Articles and Book Chapters

2024. Long, Nicholas J. et al. “On Epidemiological Consciousness and COVID-19: Envisioning Vulnerability, Hazard, and Public Health Policy in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.” One of 15 co-authors. How to Live through a Pandemic. Eds. Simone Abram, Helen Lambert, and Jude Robinson. Abingdon, Oxon ad NY: Routledge. Pp. 20-39.

2023. “Affective Cartographies of Collective Blame: Mediating Citizen–State Relations in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australia during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Co-authored with L.L. Wynn. Anthropology in Action. 30(2) (Summer 2023): 1–13.

2023. Long, Nicholas J. et al. “The Research Imagination during COVID-19: Rethinking Norms of Group Size and Authorship in Anthropological and Anthropology-Adjacent Collaborations.” One of 10 co-authors. Anthropological
Forum: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Comparative Sociology. 32(4): 351- 370.


2022. “‘Protecting Our Most Vulnerable’: Vaccination Targets, Situated Knowledges, and the Needs of People with Disabilities during New Zealand’s COVID-19 Lockdown.” Co-authored with Luca Muir. COVID-19: Volume III: Surviving a
Pandemic. Ed. J. Michael Ryan. New York: Routledge.

2022. “States Reimagined: COVID-19, the Ordinary, and Extraordinary in Aotearoa/New Zealand.” Anthropological Forum: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Comparative Sociology. 32(3): 207-233.

2022. “Re-imagining Time in the Midst of Crisis: From Sci Fi Thrillers and Zombie Flicks to Young People’s Lived Temporalities of COVID-19.” Co-authored with Revena Correll Trnka and Sanchita Vyas. Anthropological Forum: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Comparative Sociology. 32(3): 266-286.

2022. “Reconsidering the Declaration of ‘Crisis,’ while Living through One.” Medicine Anthropology Theory 9(3): 1- 17.

2022. “‘Being There’ during Lockdown: A Phenomenological Perspective on Ethnography of the Pandemic Present and Research Methods for the Future.” Co-authored with L.L. Wynn. A Research Agenda for COVID-19 and Society. Ed. Steve Matthewman. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. PP. 175-194.

2022. Holyroyd, Eleanor et al. “Community Healthcare Workers’ Experiences during and after COVID-19 Lockdown: A Qualitative Study from Aotearoa New Zealand.” Health and Social Care in the Community. 30(5): e2761-e2771.

2022. Long, Nicholas J. et al. “Social Relationships and Activities following Elimination of SARS-CoV-2 in Aotearoa New Zealand: A Qualitative Cross-sectional Study.” Journal of Public Health. Pp. 1-9

2021. “Blowing Bubbles: Covid-19, New Zealand’s Bubble Metaphor, and the Limits of Households as Sites of Responsibility and Care.” Co-authored with Sharyn Davies. In J. Michael Ryan, ed. Covid-19: Global Pandemic, Societal Responses, Ideological Solutions. London: Routledge. Pp. 167-183.

2021. Deckert, Antje et al. “Safer Communities…Together? Plural Policing and COVID-19 Public Health Interventions in Aotearoa New Zealand.” One of 14 co- authors. Policing & Society. 31(5): 621-637.

2021. Martin-Anatias, Nelly et al. “Lockdown Ibuism: Experiences of Indonesian Migrant Mothers during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Aotearoa New Zealand.” One of 14 co-authors. Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific. Issue 45.

2021. Trnka, S. “Be Kind: Negotiating Ethical Proximities in Aotearoa/New Zealand during COVID-19.” Cultural Anthropology. 36(3): 368-380.

2021. Strong, T.P., Trnka, S. and L.L. Wynn. “‘L'enfer, c'est les autres': Proximity as an Ethical Problem During COVID-19.” Cultural Anthropology. 36(3): 342-349.


2021. Trnka et al. “Negotiating Risk and Responsibility: Affect and Ethical Reasoning in New Zealanders’ Lived Experiences of Lockdown.” Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. COVID-19 supplement


2020. “Rethinking States of Emergency.” Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale. Special theme section. “Covid-19 Forum.” 28(2). May 2020. 


2020. “Lessons from Lockdown: On the Importance of Movement.” ASAA/NZ Blog. 29 June

 2020. “Lockdown: The Centrality of Movement in Our Lives.” Cornell University Press Blog. May 29, 2020.

2020. “The Challenges of Recognizing Collective Affect Online.” Anthropology News website. June 5.

2020. w/ S.G. Davies. “Bursting the Bubble Fallacy: Lockdown and the Problematic Concept of ‘Home.’” The Spinoff. 29 April. 

2020. Long, N., et al. “Living in Bubbles during the Coronavirus Pandemic: Insights from New Zealand.” “Living in Bubbles during the Coronavirus Pandemic: Insights from New Zealand.” Rapid Research Report, London School of Economics. May 14. 

 2020. “First in Masks? How Czechs Wore Face Masks When There Weren’t Any Available.” Somatosphere: Science, Medicine and Anthropology. July 21

2020. “From Lockdown to Rāhui and Teddy Bears in Windows – Initial Responses to Covid-19 in Aotearoa/New Zealand.” Anthropology Today. 36(5):11-13.

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