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
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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