Résilience - COVID-19 - Résilience - Coronavirus disease 2019

Resilient archives ? Social dynamics and work transformations at stake in curating covid in France – ArchiCOVID

Submission summary

In Spring 2020, the pandemic and the lockdown it led to gave birth to a large number of collect operations of traces of the event – photographs, stories, testimonies …. organized by cultural institutions and calling for citizen participation. Involving ordinary people in curating this « historical » time was meant to strengthen social cohesion and foster a « collective resilience ». The ArchiCOVID project aims at putting this expectation to the test. Who did actually take part to this social dynamics of curating the ordinary experiences of the pandemic (and who did not) ? What did these citizen-participants expect from being part of such a large archivistic initiative and what kind of impact did these collective practices have on them? On the other side of the spectrum, to what extent did these collect initiatives change the professional routines of those who launched them, mainly curators, archivists or librarians ? To answer these questions, and some others related to them, ArchiCOVID will conduct an in-depth study realizing quantitative surveys and qualitative interviews with participants and professionals as well as a general survey of the general population. In doing so, it will provide professionals for a global evaluation of their initiatives they have longed for. But, far beyond, it will assess to what extent this memory in construction is collective enough to be helpful in building a resilient society for the future.

Project coordination

Sarah Gensburger (INSTITUT DE SCIENCES SOCIALES DU POLITIQUE)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.

Partner

DICEN IDF DISPOSITIFS D'INFORMATION ET DE COMMUNICATION À L'ÈRE NUMÉRIQUE PARIS ILE DE FRANCE
ISP INSTITUT DE SCIENCES SOCIALES DU POLITIQUE

Help of the ANR 74,607 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: April 2021 - 12 Months

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