Using Mass Observation’s Covid-19 Collections: Seminar Schedule

Here is the schedule for this online seminar series. The seminars will be on Wednesday afternoons, 1400-1600 GMT. If you’d like to receive joining instructions, please e-mail The organisers are Nick Clarke (University of Southampton) and Clive Barnett (University of Exeter), with Kirsty Pattrick and Jessica Scantlebury (Mass Observation Archive). We thank the British Academy for providing funding (Special Research Grant: Covid-19 – ‘Learning to Live with Risk and Responsibility: Understanding Popular Responses to Covid-19’ – see

May 19th – Introduction

Nick Clarke (University of Southampton) and Clive Barnett (University of Exeter) – Some lessons from the literature.

Claire Langhamer (University of Sussex) – Mass-Observing the pandemic.

Kirsty Pattrick (University of Sussex) and Jessica Scantlebury (University of Sussex) – Mass Observation’s Covid-19 collections.

June 16th – Situating the Covid-19 collections in MO

Ben Highmore (University of Sussex) – The observation by everyone of everyone.

Nick Hubble (Brunel University London) – Self-reflexive writing, everyday life and social change in Mass Observation narratives.

July 14th – Using MO’s Covid-19 collections 1

Mathew Thomson (University of Warwick) – Reflections on the histories of Covid, mental health and the NHS via Mass Observation.

Dawn Lyon (University of Kent) and Rebecca Coleman (Goldsmiths) – Making time and feeling time: Temporal orientations to the coronavirus pandemic.

Clive Barnett (University of Exeter) and Nick Clarke (University of Southampton) – Further lessons from the archive.

September 15th – Using MO’s Covid-19 collections 2

Perpetua Kirby (University of Sussex) and Rebecca Webb (University of Sussex) – Covid-19 and educating for uncertainty.

Annebella Pollen (University of Brighton) – Picturing the pandemic in Mass Observation’s Covid collections.

Kirsty Pattrick (University of Sussex) – Women, wellbeing, and the natural environment during the Covid-19 pandemic.

October 13th – Beyond MO: Other journals of the plague year

Claire Cowie (University of Edinburgh, with: Lauren Hall-Lew, Beatrice Alex, Nini Fang, Catherine Lai, Sarah Liu, Nina Markl, and Stephen McNulty, University of Edinburgh) – The Lothian Diary Project.

Victoria Boelman (The Young Foundation) – Covid-19 & Community Life: A creative digital diary approach to understanding community life during a global pandemic.

Patrick Collier (Ball State University) and James Connolly (Ball State University) – Time shifts: Future orientation in pandemic everyday life.

November 10th – Beyond the UK: Other qualitative studies of lockdown

Katja Sara Pepe de Neergaard (IT University of Copenhagen) – Privacy as digital wellbeing: The relationship between privacy practices and digital wellbeing during lockdown.

Mary Greene (Wageningen University, with: Arve Hansen, University of Oslo; Claire Hoolohan, Manchester University; Elisabeth Süßbauer, TU Berlin; and Lorenzo Domaneschi, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca) – Consumption and shifting temporalities of daily life during disruption: Undoing and reassembling household practices during COVID-19.

Leonie Tuitjer (Leibniz University Hanover) and Anna-Lisa Mueller (Osnabruck University) – Social infrastructures in times of Corona: Exploring the ambiguities of sociality, practices and materiality through collaborative autoethnography.

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