Projects related to COVID-19
In light of the unprecedented situation caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the C²DH set out to gather memories of the pandemic. In doing so it became part of a large-scale international scientific movement committed to documenting and writing the story of the crisis.
To this end, the C²DH reached out to the general public in 2020, inviting them to share their experiences with its researchers. The compilation of this documentary heritage is vital to help us understand how society is experiencing the pandemic and how individual and collective memories are being shaped by the crisis. The resources will also help future generations to understand the scale of the pandemic and its impact on society. This is an opportunity to show that history is not only about looking back to the past; it is also a scholarly approach firmly rooted in the present.
The C²DH launched three projects in this area:
Covidmemory – Memories of a pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic is an event whose historic dimension is immediately obvious. The crowdsourced memory bank covidmemory.lu, launched in April 2020 by the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History, offers all people living or working in Luxembourg the opportunity to share their experiences and preserve them for future generations.
This oral history project is based on a longitudinal approach, with regular interviews being conducted with the same people via a series of indicative questions. The aim is to compile a personal oral diary of healthcare workers in Luxembourg, to develop a clearer picture of their day-to-day work and the workings of hospitals and healthcare systems in pandemics.
The #covid19fr research project aims to shed light on the interactions between social media, especially Twitter, and the emerging collective memory about the lockdown in France during the COVID-19 epidemic.