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 […]

“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 […]

„Corona ist draußen, vor der Tür“
Germany, Freiburg im Breisgau, 19. March – 13. April 2020
Ich bin Isa, 42 Jahre alt, ledig, kinderlos und lebe seit Januar 2016 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg. Ich bin Kulturwissenschaftlerin, was mich bei diesem Format insbesondere vor gewisse Herausforderungen stellt. Denn als ich das Projekt „Corona Diaries“ begann, wollte ich aus Erkenntnisinteresse für die Initiatoren ein authentisches Tagebuch schreiben – eine persönliche, sehr private […]

“Langweilig wird mir wohl noch nicht sofort.”
Switzerland, Basel / Luzern, 20 March – 01 July 2020
Ich bin Alice, 30 Jahre alt und studiere in Basel (CH). Ich gehöre zur Risikogruppe, da ich nierentransplantiert und deshalb immunsupprimiert bin. Zudem habe ich eine hochgradige Sehbehinderung. Normalerweise lebe ich in Basel. Vor rund einer Woche, als die Empfehlungen zu Hause zu bleiben häufiger wurden, habe ich entschieden die nächste Zeit bei meinen Eltern […]

„Zurück zum Wesentlichen, das ist der Ruf der Stunde – Doch wie lange werden wir uns daran erinnern?“
Spain, Sitges, 11. March – 23. June 2020
Ich bin unabhängige Ethnologin mit Schwerpunkt Lateinamerika und Amazonien. Obwohl ich nie davon leben konnte, wollte ich die Ethnologie nicht aus den Augen verlieren und als freie Wissenschaftsautorin und Redakteurin verbreite ich, einem Trojanischen Pferd gleich, ethnlogische Themen. Seit 2006 pendele ich zwischen Sitges und München. In Sitges lebe ich zusammen mit meiner Partnerin Mercedes […]