We had begun developing Ramparts in the fall of 2019, before the COVID-19 global pandemic began, much less entered our collective consciousness and fundamentally changed the way we live, work, and relate to one another.
Our original intentions for this platform, to offer a space for reflection and for more informal and varied writing than what we publish in our annual journal of translations, remain the same; but as the virtual world has increasingly become a primary site of communion, collaboration, and organizing, we wish to keep pace and our mission relevant.
Given the glut of takes on the pandemic–good, bad, and otherwise–that are currently in circulation, we’ve decided to only weigh in on it directly when we feel we have something unique or particularly important to contribute. Otherwise, our plan is to stick to, as it were, regularly scheduled programming.
With wishes of good health and safety, welcome to the forum.