Extraordinary times often reveal us to ourselves in extraordinary ways. This forum provides a space where people can share their feelings and experiences and have their stories mapped. The goal is to provide a space and process for collective witnessing by writing and thinking together about the striking everyday moments that we are encountering.

This experiment in community-building offers a method for people to connect emotionally while in isolation, by working together to map what the pandemic is doing beyond the numbers and headlines.

You are welcome to post stories, collages, poems, art, or journalling pages that capture and share moments to remember and mull over later, or fragments of thought that might move together toward a kind of meaning that does not require coherence. With your help, we hope to produce a collaborative autoethnographic map of the emotional geographies of Covid-19.

Emotional geographies examine the relationships between emotion, affect, bodies, places, and things. As a subtopic of human geography, it has ties to feminist, psychoanalytic, new materialist, and non-representational theories. It calls for attention to sensation, feeling, and intuition within academic knowledge, and often uses arts-based methods.

Autoethnography is a form of writing in which wider social, cultural, or political issues are evoked by first-person stories and explored through reflexive analysis. In collaborative autoethnography, writers “form a research team to pool their lived experiences on selected sociocultural phenomena and collaboratively analyze and interpret them” (Chang, Ngunjiri, and Hernandez, 2017).

This is a public space; please act ethically [to yourself and others]. Offensive content will be removed.

Blog & Map

You can browse our blog, or preview our map below.

To participate, you can make a blog post using this form. If you provide a location on your form, we will place your post on the map.

CORONOTES is co-sponsored by the Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry (The University of Edinburgh).