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 […]

“There are many horrible diseases and conditions out there that do not get as much attention as Corona does now, not even close.”
Netherlands, Arnhem, 27 February – 4 April 2020
I am a Dutch social anthropologist, communication scientist and discursive psychologist living in Arnhem, the Netherlands. I specialize in projects with and for disabled people and in science communication. I have a special interest in reflexive ethnography and the uses of experience-based knowledge alongside scientific and practical knowledge. When relevant I use my own lived […]

COVID-19: notes from a town in Southeastern Brazil.
Brazil, Santa Fé do Sul, 26 March – 8 May 2020
Hi, my name is Lucas Justino. I used to live in São Paulo, Brazil, where I’m enrolled in a master’s degree program in social anthropology. Since in-person courses have been canceled due to coronavirus pandemic, I decided to spend quarantine in Santa Fé do Sul, a calmer town where I grow up in the countryside. […]

“We’re still waiting.”
Australia, Melbourne, 24 March – 25 June 2020
My name is Alexandra James – I’m Australian sociologist, working as an Early Career Researcher at a Melbourne based university. Like many of my fellow Gen-Y’s in Melbourne, I live in a share house – only a few days ago, my housemate hastily returned to her home country in fear of border closures. Should we […]

“Life is an Uncertain Mess.”
India, Kolkata, 21 March – 3 July 2020
Ekabali Ghosh is an M.Phil. scholar at the Department of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She is 26, belongs to India’s teeming urban middle class, and in the grand tradition of South Asian millennials, is yet to move out of her hometown. She lives with her self-reliant yet paranoid mother who washes currency notes in water […]

“Letter to my children. On intergenerational solidarity in times of existential crises.”
01 January – 21 May 2020
My nickname for this blog-entry is Mother P. I practice Science and Technology Studies and Technology Ethics at a German university. I live with my husband, my mother-in-law and my two sons (now 3 and 5 years old) in a village outside a large German city. We inhabit an old house together with seven other […]

“We will settle in this state of emergency, I feel I already am. And I am so happy I can do it, because it means I am home.”
Serbia, a village in Vojvodina, 12 March – 28 June
I am a semi-anthropologist with interdisciplinary education from humanities and social sciences. I have an MA in sociology and social anthropology from CEU in Budapest and a PhD from Balkan Studies from the University of Ljubljana. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oslo, working on issues related to multilingualism in East […]

“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 […]

“When they are also getting sick, they realise, it can happen to them.” – An unexpected homecoming
From Sierra Leone to the Czech Republic, 18.03.2020-1.7.2020
I am an anthropologist, originally from the Czech Republic. I started writing my COVID-19 diary in Sierra Leone, West Africa. I had been living in Freetown with my family since September 2019.  My husband works for a development organization while I am a freelancer, also looking after our two children.  This diary shows the context […]

„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 […]