Knowing COVID-19

The pandemic and beyond

Edited by Des Fitzgerald and Fred Cooper

Knowing COVID-19
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  • ISBN: 9781526178640
  • Publish Date: May 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-7864-0
    • Pages: 232
    • Price: £40.00
    • Published Date: May 2024


    Knowing COVID-19 demonstrates how researchers in the humanities shone a light on some of the many hidden problems of COVID-19, in the very depths of the pandemic crisis. Drawing on eight COVID-19 research projects, the volume shows how humanities researchers, alongside colleagues in the clinical and life sciences, addressed some of the major critical unknowns about this new infectious disease - from the effects of racism to the risks of deploying shame; from how to design an effective instructional leaflet to how to communicate effectively to bus passengers. Across eight novel case studies, the book showcases how humanities research during a pandemic is not only about interpreting the crisis when it has safely passed, but how it can play a vital, collaborative and instrumental role as events are still unfolding.


    Introduction - Knowing COVID-19: The pandemic and beyond - Fred Cooper and Des Fitzgerald

    1 Pandemic imaginaries of interspecies relatedness: More-than-human microbial methods on the bus - Charlotte Veal, Paul Hurley, Emma Roe and Sandra Wilks
    2 Deafblindness, touch and COVID-19 - Azadeh Emadi
    3 Testing, testing - what about the instructions? - Sue Walker, Josefina Bravo and Al Edwards
    4 Home and neighbourhood: pandemic geographies of dwelling and belonging - Alison Blunt, Kathy Burrell, Georgina Endfield, Miri Lawrence, Eithne Nightingale, Alastair Owens, Jacqueline Waldock and Annabelle Wilkins
    5 Crisis and engagement: the emotional toll of museum work during the COVID-19 pandemic - Elizabeth Crooke and David Farrell-Banks
    6 Storying older women's immobilities and gender-based violence in the COVID-19 pandemic - Lesley Murray, Amanda Holt and Jessica Moriarty
    7 Empowering obstinate memory - the experiences of Black, Asian and Migrant Nurses before, during and after the pandemic - Anandi Ramamurthy and Ken Fero
    8 The shameful dead: vaccine hesitancy, shame and necropolitics during COVID-19 - Fred Cooper, Luna Dolezal and Arthur Rose


    Fred Cooper is Research Fellow at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health at the University of Exeter.

    Des Fitzgerald is Professor of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences at University College Cork.

    Knowing COVID-19

    Edited by Des Fitzgerald, Fred Cooper

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