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Anthropology Sociocultural Colloquium

Monday, March 8, 2021
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Storrs Campus

"Guilt, Gratitude, and Lives Adrift: A Preliminary Reading of the Pandemic Journals” 

Kate Mason, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Brown University Sarah Willen, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Connecticut

In late May 2020, as the force and magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic became increasingly evident, we convened an interdisciplinary team of faculty and students and raced to create the Pandemic Journaling Project (, a combined journaling platform and research study that lets anyone around the world produce a weekly record of this turbulent time using text, audio, and photos – for themselves and for posterity, in English or Spanish. By January 2021, over 700 people in 29 countries had contributed more than 6,000 journal entries, along with a trove of complementary survey data on self-reported health status, COVID-19 exposure, and trust in institutions. In this presentation, we will share preliminary findings from this “third space of ethnography” (Fischer 2018) and consider what it can—and cannot—teach us about the lived experience of these pandemic times.

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Andrea Booth

Anthropology Department (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UConn Master Calendar

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