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- Inspiring longread on the influence of Covid-19 on education and the arts 

Authors: Marlies De Munck and Pascal Gielen 
Drawings and design: Lotte Schröder 

2020, Valiz with ARIA – Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts, Antwerp University | paperback | 64 pp. | 16,7 x 11,5 cm (h x w) | English | ISBN (ENG) 978-94-92095-86-2 | € 5,00

About the authors: 

Marlies De Munck is philosopher of culture. She teaches at the Philosophy department of the Antwerp University and at the KASK & Conservatory in Ghent. As a member of the Culture Commons Quest Office (CCQO) of the Antwerp Research Institute of the Arts (ARIA) she conducts research into the health of culture. 

Pascal Gielen is sociologist of culture. He is based at the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA) of Antwerp University. There he leads the research group Culture Commons Quest Office (CCQO). 



The Covid-19 crisis teaches us how priceless human nearness is. Art and education can't do without it either. Like works of art, people lose their aura when kept at digital arm's length. Art is lifeless when it can't resonate with bodies. In Nearness, Marlies De Munck and Pascal Gielen diagnose a new reality. Only culture marks the difference between surviving and living. 

Nearness is also available in Dutch as a separate publication with the title Nabijheid. In order to view and order the Dutch version of this publication, please go to the Dutch page of this publication