EUSP Professor of Public Health and Gender Tells the New York Times about “The Virus Diaries” Initiative

Программа «Гендерные исследования»; Department of Sociology
Anna Temkina
Media Publications

The New York Times newspaper published an article about how people around the world start keeping their diaries with their experiences of living through a pandemic. Their diaries are told in words and pictures: pantry inventories, window views, questions about the future, concerns about the present. Some diarists record statistics: the number of infections, the number of deaths. Others keep diaries that are part shopping list, part doodle pad.

Anna Temkina, a professor of public health and gender at the European University at St. Petersburg, started project called “the virus diaries,” part of a broader effort by the university to study quarantine’s effect on daily life.

“Saturday — a normal crowd out and about,” she wrote. “I don’t notice any increased caution. People are walking without distancing; two military men shake hands; a man and woman my age greet each other with a kiss.”

The full article is available here.