About Curare Corona Diaries
A Collection of Diaries in the Strict Sense of the Term
On March 18, 2020, the editorial team of Curare. Journal of Medical Anthropology launched a call for (auto-) ethnographic Corona Diaries in the strict sense of the term which record what is happening in one’s own environment. More than 100 authors from at least 25 different countries participated in the project. The diaries will be […]

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned about crisis, it’s that it usually comes hand in hand with absurdity.”
Germany, Freiburg, 19.03.2020-27.6.2020
At the time of beginning the diary: 21-year-old female student of cultural anthropology, living in student housing in Freiburg, Germany. Normally sharing accommodations with 3 flatmates, currently alone in the flat. Planning on remaining in isolation apart from grocery shopping until at least April.   19.03.2020 I spent a lot of time running errands outside […]

„Ist die Corona-Zeit eine Episode oder eine echte gesellschaftliche Transition zu einer veränderten Realität?“
Berlin, 19. März – 30. Juni 2020
Ich bin eine 48-jährige Frau und lebe mit meiner Familie – meinem Mann und unserem 15-jährigen Sohn – in Wilmersdorf im Zentrum von Berlin. Da ich eine seltene maligne, systemische Tumorerkrankung habe und chronisch krank bin, bin ich schon vor den Museen- und Schulschließungen und den späteren Kontaktbeschränkungen, die von der deutschen Bundesregierung wegen der […]

“The privilege of a yard is something that I will no longer take for granted.”
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 19 March – 2 June 2020
  Local Context/ Stats Update: I am in Victoria, BC Canada. As we live on a (large) Island, for a long time it felt like we might remain untouched. Last week this changed; the first case of COVID-19 was identified in the region on 11 March. As of yesterday there are now 12 confirmed cases. […]

“Feeling guilty/embarrassed that I like the lockdown so much.”
France, 2 March – 15 June 2020
I am a medical and dance anthropologist. I am Dutch but lived and worked in the UK since 2006, got my PhD there in 2013, two postdocs since 2014 of which the last one changed into a permanent contract. My partner is French, and I moved to France in 2018, with permission of my boss […]

“I miss the freedom to think anything can be possible.”
Valldoreix, Barcelona province, Spain, 18 March – 1 May 2020
I graduated from the Master’s program Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. Just a few weeks ago, at the beginning of this month I decided to move back to my hometown, Barcelona. I had graduated and I had a few social projects I wanted to undertake back home. Most of them were […]

“Living in a chalet in the Alps makes hunkering down liveable.”
Great Britain, USA, La Tzoumaz, Switzerland, 20 March – 25 June 2020
I was born on July 5, 1963 and raised in Omaha Nebraska. I attended the University of Colorado in Boulder. In 1981, the summer before beginning my university studies, I was an exchange student in the French speaking part of the Swiss Alps in Sion. I met my husband during that summer. We married in […]

“Wenn man an einem neuen Ort kaum vernetzt ist und dann so etwas geschieht, fühlt man sich doppelt abgekapselt.”
Niederlande, Amsterdam, 16. März - 16. Juni 2020
Anthropologist, postdoctoral researcher, University of Amsterdam. In January 2020, my family and I moved from Switzerland to the Netherlands with a postdoctoral mobility fellowship (for two years) to start a new research project entitled ‘Doing Fatherhood in the 21st Century: Connecting the Global North and the Global South’. The project’s aims are to find out […]

“It feels as if you (can) leave a sinking ship in time, whilst others have to remain on it.”
Tulum, Mexico, 17 – 23 March 2020
I left Frankfurt, Germany, on February 27th for a field research trip on Sargasso algae along the Mexican Caribbean coast. I returned to Germany on March 25th, with one of the last flights that left Cancun airport. While the situation in Germany had already been very bad since the beginning of March or so, the […]

“On top of the Covid-19 scare … we now have the Super Cyclonic Storm Amphan coming our way.”
India, Kolkata, 14 March - 10 July 2020
Debika Banerji is a researcher and a lecturer in geography. She did her M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University and has recently completed her Doctoral degree from Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan focusing on riverscapes. She is interested in cultural landscapes and can be seen prowling around Kolkata in order to capture its essence. She has published a number […]

„When I am awake, I spend a lot of time staring at my roommate’s cat.“
USA, New York City, 28 March 2020 – 25 May 2020
I am a graduate student at the New School for Social Research studying anthropology. My parents and I decided to stay at home in Shanghai until the second week of Spring semester so that we could celebrate Chinese New Year together. When I boarded the plane to New York at the end of January, there […]