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Feeling in Suspension: Waiting in COVID-19 Shopping Queues

Jones, Victoria J.E.

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Victoria Jones
PGR Student Doctor of Philosophy


The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent UK lockdown were a catalyst for mass waiting. This paper will focus on a phenomenon, a particular form of waiting observed in shopping queues during lock down in the North East of England. Waiting practices formed through the COVID-19 pandemic have opened new forms of feeling, requiring new forms of articulation. As such the paper experiments with language and form speculatively describing feelings and temporalities through a metaphor, suspension. Initially the paper outlines what waiting is and does in order to provide a touchstone when considering the feelings formed within new practices of waiting. It then outlines and considers what liquid suspension can open as a writing device. Then working with suspension and aligned concepts of surface and viscosity, the paper explores the morphologies of mood and sensation felt and shared within COVID-19 pandemic shopping queues.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 2, 2021
Online Publication Date Feb 3, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Feb 13, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 18, 2023
Journal GeoHumanities
Print ISSN 2373-566X
Electronic ISSN 2373-5678
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 2
Pages 537-554
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