For incarcerated and formerly incarcerated scholars to report on their auto-ethnographic experience of the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown.

A new special issue of Synapsis, guest-edited by Neni Panourgiá, Justice-in-Education and Covid-19 collects auto-ethnographies of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated writers—the Justice-in-Education scholars—as they respond to the initial Covid-19 lockdown in NYC. This is a landmark issue that presents marginalized voices reporting on their experience of the Covid-19 crisis through the theoretical lens of the health humanities.
The collection was inspired by a notion that had gained traction in the media, comparing “lockdown” to prison and solitary confinement. Someone posted on social media a note saying “the lockdown is my Attica,” referring to the maximum-security prison in upstate New York. The writers took particular exception to this notion and wanted to address it. 
The special issue includes 10 auto-ethnographic contributions, framed with a critical introduction and conclusion and interspersed with a botanical photo essay by the guest editor, Neni Panourgiá. Professor Neni Panourgiá is an anthropologist, Academic Advisor for the Justice-in-Education Initiative, and Faculty at the Prison Education Program at Columbia University.

Table of Contents

Introduction // Neni Panourgiá

Crushing Bones // Ivan Calaff

Letter to America // Eileen Maher

Polo Grounds. A Photographic Essay // Levar Henry

Autoethnography in her own song & lyrics // Egypt Dior

Visibility // Luke Lyons

Toothbrush // Tone Shewprashad

Intersectionalities—rage, fear, fearlessness // Helen "Skip" Skipper

Sociabilities, socialities, violences // Nascimento Blair

Pillows // Tanya Pierce

A piece of advice on how not to go crazy during a lockdown // Shawn Williams

Medical Humanities, COVID-19, and States of Confinement // Neni Panourgiá

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