P08c - Mask: the Face of Covid-19 (2021)

  • Conference Panel
  • 50min

Panel 08c - 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.


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

  • Removing the Mask: Overt Liberation from Symbolic and Physical Subjugation
    Author: Ronit Anand (London School of Economics and Political Science)

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

Find the papers’ abstracts here.

A live discussion with the contributors will take place on Zoom 19-28 March. Please check the full schedule of live events and links to join here.