Kasdogan, Duygu, Kim Fortun and Prerna Srigyan. 2020. "Collaborative Analysis: Theorizing Place and COVID-19," Transnational STS COVID-19 Project. Disaster STS Network. May 29.
The above images were shared by Kadikoy Municipality (Istanbul, Turkey) via their instragram account with a note that reads "We just wake up in the morning, Kadikoyluler [inhabitants of Kadikoy] rendered the streets into a playground for children to play freely." [https://www.dw.com/en/turkey-gradually-eases-covid-19-lockdown-restricti...
One of the strongest responses that literature gives to placelessness is that the author’s homeland is writing, her soil is language, and her country is literature... Refugees waiting on borders and viruses without borders: They will largely shape our next idea of “place” (Gurbilek)*
In this week’s collaboration call, we will explore insights from critical works on “place” to understand and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as a transnational disaster. Through this, we will examine recurrent representations of place in this time of COVID-19 pandemic, and discuss the need to intervene into these representations. Feel free to dive into the readings as you like, and annotate the questions listed below.
At the moment we tell a story about a place, we do not only talk about this place, but also re-create/make/produce it. In the last couple of months, within the context of COVID-19, we are told stories, for example, about how this disaster is governed across the world. We follow numbers in different places, in the United States, in South Korea, in Japan, in Costa Rica, in Turkey, and so on. How can we think of these places? (Geography? Nation? Country? Soils? Home? Territory?). What about other places like workplaces? … It is obvious that “place” does not just refer to a specific location. As a keyword, it is hard to define, and gets its meanings through collateral concepts such space… While unlearning and learning together why/how it matters to work on “place” as an analytic for research on COVID-19, we will be also thinking about placelessness, borders, refugees, more-than-humans, and so on.
*Nurdan Gürbilek. 2020. İkinci Hayat. Istanbul: Metis (translation of the excerpt from Turkish by Duygu Kasdogan)
The questions to be addressed in this discussion include these:
Question Set: CRITICAL FRAMES FOR COVID-19 RESEARCH
Question Set: TRANSNATIONAL FRAMING OF T-D-STS COVID-19 PROJECT (you are welcome to add questions to this set.)
All of the items in this digital collection can be annotated using the question sets above above. Attach annotations to the item being annotated. See annotation instructions.
!!! Please answer the questions by annotating the discussion essay here.
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