Massive :: Micro :: Sensemaking :: COVID

Project Description

How is the experience of COVID-19 transforming everyday life? How are we making sense of this moment on both a global and granular scale? This project was launched in April 2020 in recognition of the growing problems emerging from social distancing, working and learning from home, being in lockdowns. We developed a unique collaborative digital ethnography research project to respond to the need for critical study of the lived experience and social impacts of the pandemic. This is a time-sensitive, 6-month project to collaboratively  generate rich autoethnographic accounts of the impact of life under pandemic conditions even as these change.

Responding to a general call, more than 150 artists, activists, and social researchers have been collaboratively studying the social impact of COVID-19 moment through an autoethnographic approach.  Experimental collaboration include a 21 day series of prompts to consider three research questions: How are we making sense of the Self, our relationships, and the world around us? How is COVID-19 helping us think about the relationships between humans, machines, and the planet? Through this pandemic, how might we understand the relation between massive and microscopic sensibilities and ways of knowing?

Read more in the blogposts below. Follow the progress of this experimental initiative on Twitter or Instagram hashtag: #massive_micro. 

Primary Facilitators

Anne Harris

Annette Markham

Project Posts

Massive and Microscopic Sensemaking Call

Massive and Microscopic Sensemaking Call

Call for Expressions of Interest As the world grapples with the fallout from the pandemic of 2020, people everywhere struggle to deal with everyday challenges. [there are struggles but also the renewal of old hobbies, finding...