Clive and I wrote this on 22 December. We agreed to post it in January, when people would be back on Twitter, so that is what I’m doing. The post summarises a full-length paper we submitted for review in mid-December. The COVID-19 pandemic has been presented as a biopolitical event that extends and transforms neoliberal … Continue reading →
This blog, and the project behind it, is (was) a collaboration between Clive Barnett and myself. Clive died on 24 December 2021. I’ll work out what this means for the project in the coming weeks and months. For now, here are some words on Clive: This is not a formal obituary. There will be other … Continue reading →
During 2021, supported by the British Academy, we collaborated with Jessica Scantlebury and Kirsty Pattrick at the Mass Observation Archive (MOA) to organise a seminar series on everyday life in the COVID-19 pandemic. Over six months, 16 papers were presented by 20 speakers from universities, archives, and think tanks in the UK, elsewhere in Europe, … Continue reading →
The seminar series runs from May to November 2021. For more more information on the seminar series, please see https://covidresponsibility.org/2021/04/26/using-mass-observations-covid-19-collections-seminar-schedule/. The video of the first seminar is now available. The playlist for videos of all the seminars can be found on Mass Observation’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHab2Tt38DJF9GS_z3lwzV1YJIBqjCLI6.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 … Continue reading →
What? Since March 2020, Mass Observation (MO) has collected diaries and other writing from thousands of people across Britain on everyday life during the Covid-19 pandemic. This online seminar series will bring together archivists and researchers to discuss how best to use MO’s Covid-19 collections and the methodological challenges they present. The archivists will provide … Continue reading →
Call for papers, RGS-IBG Annual Conference, online paper session(s). Governing the Covid-19 pandemic. Convenors: Nick Clarke (University of Southampton) and Clive Barnett (University of Exeter). Much public debate during the Covid-19 pandemic has focused on the problem of compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions. Key questions in this debate have included: what are the rules, are they … Continue reading →
We’ve written a post on ‘Risk and responsibility in popular responses to COVID-19’ for the Royal Geographical Society’s Geography Directions blog. You can find it here. Thank you to Phil Emmerson for the invite.
Five lessons for using Mass Observation’s Covid-19 collections (plus five ways of solving the problem of representativeness)
One part of our project focuses on Covid-19 and the questions of responsibility outlined in our previous blog, but another part focuses on Mass Observation’s Covid-19 collections and questions of method. In the following blog, we outline some initial thoughts on using MO’s Covid-19 collections. At some point in 2021, we hope to organise a … Continue reading →
One starting point for this project was a blogpost written by Clive on Covid-19 and responsibility, posted on http://www.poptheory.org on 23 March 2020 – it was written over the preceding few days, that weird period immediately before the UK went into its first lockdown. There’s a temptation to edit these thoughts and ruminations with the … Continue reading →
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