The Oxford Dictionary defines “aftermath” as 1. The consequences or aftereffects of a significant unpleasant event and 2. Farming: New grass growing after mowing or harvest.
Through this issue, our intention is to encompass the wide range of what “aftermath” means both in terms of what can follow a tragedy, a loss, a political watershed, or a natural or man-made disaster, as well as what good fruits and new birth can follow destruction or pivotal change. The past year in particular has been marked by events that will have far-reaching repercussions on the political or cultural life of societies, but we also look back while looking forward.