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Center on Digital Culture and Society

Pandemic Archiving, Remembering, and Storytelling

The goal of this CDCS project on Pandemic Archiving, Remembering, and Storytelling (PARS) is to contribute to the building of a public culture of pandemic archiving, remembering, and storytelling.

Photo Credit (top image): Gabriella Clare Marino / Unsplash

After the COVID-19 pandemic hit, citizens and communities around the world took it upon themselves to document its history by recording their experiences in diaries, photographs, documentary films, livestreamed videos, social media updates, and more. Activists and libraries launched digital and web archiving projects to collect and preserve these historical records.  

CDCS's project for this 2022-23 academic year consists of a series of public lectures, workshops, conferences, as well as multimodal publications. See below for a sampling of the people, projects, and events centered on this theme.

Homemade sign reading "Thank you sanitation workers" on a west philadelphia porch

Signs of the Times

With her essay and accompanying photo collection, Doctoral Candidate Kelly Diaz captured a slice of West Philadelphia public life during the early days of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Events

Our Fall 2022 events explore the theme of the way people are making meaning in the times of COVID.

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Mini-Symposium: Pandemic Archiving, Remembering, and Storytelling

November 7, 4:00 - 7:30pm
Promoting public understanding of the role of digital archiving in the collective remembering and narration of the COVID-19 pandemic

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Colloquium: Abigail De Kosnik, UC Berkeley

December 5, 12:15-1:15pm
"Distributed Performance"

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Colloquium: Deborah Lupton, University of New South Wales Sydney

December 5, 5:00 - 6:15pm
"COVID-19 Narratives: Portrayals of Risk, Embodiment and Otherness in Digital Media."

Three people walking in a crosswalk and wearing face masks. Li Lin on Unsplash.

"The Wuhan Lockdown"

Published by Columbia University Press, this book by Professor Guobin Yang uses more than 60,000 online diaries to tell the dramatic story of the 2020 Wuhan lockdown in the voices of the city’s own people.

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