PanMeMic Manifesto: Making meaning in the Covid-19 pandemic and the future of social interaction

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by: Elisabetta Adami, Najma Al Zidjaly, Germán Canale, Emilia Djonov, Maryam S. Ghiasian, Clarice Gualberto, Styliani Karatza, Fei Victor Lim, Ana Pedrazzini, Jesse Pirini, Janina Wildfeuer, Yiqiong Zhang


This manifesto stems from a transmedia initiative for collective research designed to shape – from the bottom-up – a socially responsive and responsible culture of inquiry, in observing, recording, sharing and reflecting on the changes to communication and interaction caused by the COVID-19 crisis and their enduring effects post-pandemic. The objectives of the manifesto are (a) to identify key changes in communication and interaction practices during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, and (b) to offer a blueprint for an innovative methodology involving academics and non-academics in collective research into these and any future changes to the communication landscape across different socio-cultural contexts. The manifesto presents: (1) the factors that make changes in communication and interaction during the COVID-19 pandemic topical for research; (2) the coordinates of these changes; (3) questions that these changes raise; (4) a proposal for a methodology that complements established research methods to understand these changes; and (5) preliminary data on the activities that the research collective PanMeMic has conducted in its first two months of existence.

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