Season 1 Episode 5: Dr Sarah Willen on the Pandemic Journaling Project & Linking Migrant Health and Dignity in Israel
Recorded June 11, 2020
This next episode is with Dr Sarah Willen (https://twitter.com/sarahwillen), a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut. She’s authored several articles and books in her career, and we touch on some of them, including her latest ethnography published last year, Fighting for Dignity: Migrant Lives at Israel’s Margins, which philosophically centers dignity in her research in order to understand notions of vulnerability, illegality, and inequity for the various narratives she captures concerning migrants who settle in Israel from all over the world, such as from regions like South America, Southeast Asia, and Western Africa.
At the start of the conversation, we discuss COVID-19, including the new Pandemic Journaling Project that she created together with Kate Mason at Brown University, along with an interdisciplinary team of students and faculty at UConn, Brown, and Trinity College. The Pandemic Journaling Project was launched on May 29th and aims to document people’s experiences with COVID-19 in order to contribute to our historical understanding of what has happened during this time.
You can contribute in English or Spanish, by writing, or even using audio and photo, and you can even securely download your journals. This is a great project that professors have found instructive having their students contribute to, as you’ll hear from next week‘s guest, Dr Kristina Baines at City University of New York. The project is scheduled to last as long as COVID-19 does, which seems to be the foreseeable future.
The Pandemic Journaling Project
Sarah S. Willen, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Director, Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights at the Human Rights Institute
University of Connecticut
Fighting for Dignity: Migrant Lives at Israel’s Margins (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019)
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