While somewhat of a truism at this point, it is impossible to deny that 2020 has been unlike any other. Seemingly overnight, our worlds shrunk – then reopened – then shrunk again to the size of our screens, as classes, internships, (student) elections, and relationships moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During these « unprecedented times », the operations for our student publication have been no exception.
We chose the “SURREAL / SURRÉALISTE” theme for two reasons. The first was because it seemed to encapsulate the speed and absurdity with which the world changed around us. As we said in the call for submissions, it felt fitting that the Surrealist art movement was born from the ashes of WWI and the Spanish Flu. We wondered how history would look back at this year of total uncertainty, and hoped to help preserve the feelings and experiences of our peers as they happened in real time. The second reason was that, in all honesty, we didn’t simply want to publish a “PANDEMIC” themed print issue. At the time, we thought it would be too low a hanging fruit, and assumed that our readers and contributors would want to take a break from the mediascape surrounding the virus. We thought that this issue might instead give our community an opportunity to turn inwards, and maybe even write about something else.
Despite our best intentions, most, if not all of our submissions were ultimately related to the virus in some way. They are portraits of reflection, of melancholy and humor, of the political and of the personal. Perhaps this in itself points to the surreal omnipresence of dealing with something that we cannot see – but that has shaken our world to its core.
As always, we give our thanks to all that have contributed to the production of this print edition (our third ever!), and to all staff writers and contributors who publish online with us throughout the semester. We hope that 2021 will bring better things, and that this compilation may be a moment of relief.
The Graduate Press, Fall 2020
NOTE: This file was most recently updated on 22 December, 20:38 CET.