Zooming in on COVID: The intimacies of screens, homes and learning hierarchies

Adam Roth, Niroshnee Ranjan, Grace King, Shamim Homayun, Rebecca Hendershott, Simone Dennis

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    This article is a result of the way in which the design of a first-year anthropology course attempted to undo stern structural hierarchies between students and teachers. Instead, the participants regarded one another as fellow anthropologists undertaking ethnographic research on the university context. This article examines the intimate relations that came available to participants when the course moved from in-person to Zoom format. Participants moved into homes to document the unfurling COVID-19 crisis, (back) into intimate familial relations. But this was not the only intimacy with which participants had to grapple anthropologically. The lecture materials, too, connected themselves to things and experiences in immediacy as they arrived into homes through laptop screens. The screens themselves offered up new insights into the lives of others - something newly minted anthropologists had to account for as they completed the course.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)67-72
    JournalAnthropology in Action: Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


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