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Using Mass Observation’s COVID-19 collections: Videos of the seminar series

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.

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 n.clarke@soton.ac.uk. 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

Online seminar series: Using Mass Observation’s Covid-19 Collections

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 2021): Governing the Covid-19 pandemic

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

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

Researching Popular Responses to Covid-19

Welcome to the website for the Learning to Live with Risk and Responsibility: Understanding Popular Responses to COVID-19 project, led by Nick Clarke in collaboration with Clive Barnett. The project is funded by the the British Academy Special Research Grants: Covid-19 scheme, and will run from 2020 to 2022. The project investigates how people in … Continue reading


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