Ordinary Things: A Reflection on Race and Capital in the Pandemic


  • Lana Parker University of Windsor




poetic inquiring, pandemic, capitalism, race


In response to the race-based, capitalist logics further exposed during the pandemic, I engage in poetic inquiry by weaving the words of Arundhati Roy in a multimodal Vox Justitia. I begin with brief rationale for the inquiry, noting that the pandemic has sharpened the harms of racism and capitalism, and has exposed the fragility of contemporary democracy. I then describe why poetic inquiring in general, and a Vox Justitia in particular, engaged through the writing of Arundhati Roy, offer a useful way to grapple with this moment. Finally, I proceed through the five movements of my Vox Justitia, employing images, news headlines, and excerpts from Roy’s writing, to contextualize my poetic analysis.

Author Biography

Lana Parker, University of Windsor

Lana Parker writes about and researches relationality in education, meaning-making, neoliberalism, and the possibilities for ethically informed pedagogy.


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How to Cite

Parker, L. (2022). Ordinary Things: A Reflection on Race and Capital in the Pandemic. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, 19(2), 85–104. https://doi.org/10.25071/1916-4467.40684