22/11/20
 
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 […]

11/14/20
“The spring is beautiful now, and usually I do not have enough time to experience and enjoy this period of the year…”
Hungary, 06 April – 27 April 2020
I am Kabocanyo, a teacher of biology and literature and cultural manager from Hungary. I work as a museum-educator in Pécs city, which is one of the biggest cities in our country, and it is situated in the southern part of Hungary. Now I am at the „home office”, because the schools and the museums […]

11/12/20
„Zum Glück bin ich in einer 5er WG und nicht alleinwohnend.“
Deutschland, Augsburg 1. März – 25. April 2020
Meine Notizen dokumentieren insbesondere den situationsbedingten Alltag in einer 5er-WG. Derzeit studiere ich im 6. Semester Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte (B.A.) an der Universität Augsburg. Als studentische Hilfskraft bekam ich Mitte März – zu dieser Zeit traten in Bayern erste Ausgangsbeschränkungen in Kraft- den Auftrag von meinem Lehrstuhl zu beobachten, wie mein soziales Umfeld und ich […]

“I seek refuge in those small, positive habits, which are productive for my mind.”
Italy, Monfalcone, 26 March – 1 July
Giustina Selvelli-Butkovič, PhD, Assistant Professor and Researcher in the field of Migration and Intercultural Relations, Faculty of Humanities, University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia.  I spent the lockdown in Monfalcone, Italy, close to the Slovene border, temporarily living in a small attic with my husband after we got back from a long trip in the US […]

“I thought nothing would be worse than those bushfires.”
Australia, Canberra, 19 March – 11 May
My name is Morgan Harrington. I am 34 years old and I live in Canberra, Australia, the nation’s capital and the town I was born in. I live in an apartment with my girlfriend of 18 months and a dog named Blackjack. I work as an anthropologist for an independent consultancy. Our work is generally […]

“Better to be in quarantine on an island paradise than stay bored at home”
Dominican Republic, 1 March – 20 March 2020
I’m an Austria-based cultural anthropologist with a research focus on forced migration, transnational memory cultures and Island Studies. For my postdoc project I travelled to the Dominican Republic to carry out ethnographic research on transgenerational family narratives and memory practices of Jewish exile in Sosúa. When the first COVID cases were reported in China, it […]

“Outside on the street, we witnessed how in the matter of minutes, a queue of people that reached up to our store had formed in front of the coffee shop next door.”
Netherlands, Amsterdam, 20 March – 25 April 2020
My name is Alexandra, I am 26 years old and originally from Austria. I moved to Amsterdam two years ago to do my Master studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. I graduated from the program in February. Next to my studies, I have always worked in a small restaurant/take-out place […]

“Do you know how many people die every day of hunger in India? Of tuberculosis? Of rape? Of communal violence?”
India, Calcutta, 31 January – 07 May 2020
Somrita Urni Ganguly is a professor, and award-winning poet and literary translator. She was a Fulbright Doctoral Research Fellow at Brown University, Rhode Island. She is the editor of Quesadilla and Other Adventures: Food Poems (2019), and has translated Dinesh Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Firesongs (2019), Ashutosh Nadkar’s Shakuni: Master of the Game (2019), and Shankarlal Sengupta’s […]

“Life is now quiet and calm, during these days sometimes too quiet.” A diary dialogue
Austria, Vorarlberg, 25 March – 27 April 2020
  Who are we?   Johanna: I am a 55-year-old qualified social worker and a professor at the Department of Social Work and Health at the University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg FHV in Austria. The county Vorarlberg is in the west of Austria, bordering Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. This is a rural area, surrounded by […]

“Can this be a time of healing, of solidarity, of art, or will I just go crazy?”
Germany, Berlin, 19 March – 2 May
Photo by Nadja Naemi I am a student of anthropology, living and currently situated in Berlin, although my family is from a different city. I have some experience with and very much enjoy writing, for instance I have a personal blog for travel stories. I am also a performer and part of a queer artist […]

“We are ‘in war’ with SARS-CoV-2/COVID 19.”
Prague, Czech Republic, 10 March – 15 June 2020
Corona diaries: dispatches from Prague We are a team of 3 researchers living in Prague (Czech Republic). In January 2020 we started to work on a new project concerned with human-microbial coexistence in the Czech Republic. To find a footing in the current crisis, we created a joint diary “Fieldnotes from the SARS-CoV-2 state of […]