Digital Archives and Collaborative Research

Since the Covid pandemic has hit the western world, many Universities have engaged their resources in creating and housing digital archives of records about the pandemic. From newspaper reports to statistical survey data to  popular culture artifacts, attempts have been made to record as many objects related to the origin, spread and current status of the pandemic as is possible.

This track will focus on the digital challenges and advantages of creating online archives and how to undertake the work as a collaborative pedagogical exercise. Together, we will come together to record our own stories of living through the pandemic—as teachers, students, educators, parents, etc.—in order to work toward a final collaborative oral history project to represent our experiences.

Our examples for this work will come particularly from the Global South, demonstrating how common people like us have documented their stories when living through events such as the Flu pandemic of 1919, the 1947 partition of the Indian subcontinent or even the Mexican Bracero Program. From these examples, we’ll learn how to record and archive our own stories of working, living and surviving the pandemic.


Sagnika Chanda
Sagnika Chanda is a Doctoral Candidate in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh.
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