Shame, Stigma and COVID-19


19 January 2021

WCCEH are delighted to share that Luna Dolezal, Fred Cooper and Arthur Rose have received a UKRI-AHRC COVID Rapid Response Grant (AH/V013483/1) for a project called “Scenes of Shame and Stigma in COVID-19”.  This project will identify and investigate, through philosophical, cultural studies and historical analyses, the sites and circumstances of shame, shaming, stigma and discrimination during the first 12 months (January-December 2020) of the COVID-19 health crisis. The project is particularly concerned with investigating (1) how stigma and shame are related to uneven distributions of social power and (2) how digital technologies, social media, neoliberal ideologies and rapid global information exchange have conditioned the ‘scenes of shame and stigma’ when compared to previous respiratory pandemics. The project is based in the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health and is affiliated with the Wellcome Trust funded Shame and Medicine Project.

More information about the project can be seen here: https://shameandmedicine.org/covid-19/

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