P08a - Mask: the Face of Covid-19 (2021)

  • Conference Panel
  • 50min

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Panel 08a - Mask: the Face of Covid-19

Convenors: Felicia Hughes-Freeland (SOAS), Cathy Greenhalgh

Short abstract: This panel invites visual anthropological responses to masking in the ethnography of Covid-19. Themes include aesthetics; the craft of face covering; political and medical discourses; surveillance and control; protest and resistance; risk management; advertising imagery; ecological impacts.


  • Masking, ambivalence and humour during the Covid-19 pandemic
    Author: Felicia Hughes-Freeland (SOAS)

  • Face-covering among Whitechapel’s Muslim Women - a coronavirus ethnographic snapshot
    Author: Gwendolyn Leick (Chelsea College of Art Design)

  • A Mask of One’s Own
    Author: Nataliya Tchermalykh (University of Geneva)

A live discussion with the contributors will take place on Zoom on Thursday 25 March, 15:30 - 16:20 UTC. Find the papers’ abstracts and a link to join the live discussion here.

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