P08b - Mask: the Face of Covid-19 (2021)

  • Conference Panel
  • 1h 11m

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Panel 08b - 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.


  • Collage and Mask: crisis aesthetics of the pandemic
    Author: Cathy Greenhalgh, Lucietta Williams (University of the West of England)

  • Masked I Go Forward: Exploring the Impact of Covid-19 Through the Collage and Photo-Essay
    Author: Laura Bergin (University of Oxford)

  • Faces of the Mask: Indian artisans response to the pandemic
    Authors: Nina Sabnani (IIT Bombay), Lokesh Ghai

  • Mask as and against ‘the matter out of place’
    Author: Gitika Saksena (SOAS University of London), Abhishek Mohanty (SOAS)

A live discussion with the contributors will take place on Zoom on Thursday 25 March, 17:00 - 17:50 UTC. Find the papers’ abstracts and a link to join the live discussion here.

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