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 […]

“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 […]

“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 at the University of Art and Design Linz 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 […]

“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 […]