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Solidarity and Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Solidarity and Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic is a public platform supported and produced by The Sociological Review.

The ambition behind the initiative is to produce a collective research archive and dedicated public platform. It seeks to document and report on the lived experiences and caring strategies of diverse people and groups across the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project is interested in methods of coping with challenges of care specifically related to or exacerbated by the pandemic, as well as how otherwise routine questions of care are affected or thrown into relief by the pandemic.

You can contribute to Solidarity and Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic in a variety of ways:

  • Pieces of writing that are potential standard blog articles (essays between 800-1500 words).
  • Photography, graphics, memes, visual art.
  • Sound or video recording related to projects of collective care in the pandemic (we cannot accept audio or video files but invite links to material already hosted online, privately or publicly; click submit below for details). Please refer to our Audio and/or Visual Guidance for Contributors.
  • Reports in any genre (essay, letter, poem, free-form prose, list, dialogue, journal entry, email text, etc.) regarding:
    • community responses, projects of collective care, and mutual aid initiatives that others should know about and learn from. [We would also appreciate simply receiving relevant links, even if not possible to provide personal reflections related to experience participating in the initiatives.]
    • (re)negotiating domestic space and labour, forms of household cooperation and conflict related to quarantine, different relationships to “risk”, and other challenges related to the “private” sphere during the pandemic.
    • end of life and bereavement experiences, including those of care professionals, relating to how dying and loss have changed during the pandemic; innovations in care, death rituals and funerals; and goodbyes.
  • Finally, please simply write us a letter, perhaps using the following questions as an inspiration. This letter can be long or short, and we won’t judge you (as often happens on the Internet). If it is to be published in our letters section, it will remain entirely anonymous (unless you ask otherwise).
    • How are you personally responding to the crisis? What have you found most difficult? Are there aspects of this moment you think may be positive?
    • How do you get your knowledge about the crisis? How is it being described on social media or the news?
    • How are authorities responding to the pandemic in your area? How do you feel about it?
    • How are mutual aid networks or other community and workplace initiatives responding to the pandemic in your area? (e.g. helping the isolated, other forms of logistic or emotional support, altering production activities)
    • In your view, is there anything particular about your region that affects experience of, and responses to, the pandemic? What cultural traditions are affected? If quarantine(s) or shelter-in-place instructions have been given, what particular challenges are involved?
    • Have you noticed any differences related to gender, class or racial identity in responses and activities related to the pandemic?
    • Have you noticed if the crisis has made people kinder towards each other? More competitive?

Beyond these user-produced outputs, you can contribute to via social media, drawing our attention to relevant events, activities and initiatives by either tagging us @TheSocReview and / or using the hashtag #solidaritycareTSR. We are interested in everything from large think-pieces on the future of the welfare state to Instagram shots of your creative quarantine recipes! We are also interested in links to any further materials you think might be relevant to post on our website (permission permitting) that you think may be useful for others during this time. For example, here’s a brilliant reading list, including some wonderful podcasts: https://the-syllabus.com/coronavirus-readings/

Are you multilingual? We are especially keen to hear from contributors with reflections on and ideas for collective care beyond the United Kingdom and Europe. Currently we can read letters and media contributions in English, French, Japanese and Spanish (and perhaps more as the project unfolds) and will publish select non-English material on our website (with a short summary in English).