Teach311 + COVID-19 is a collective of educators, researchers, artists, students and survivors spanning disciplinary and linguistic boundaries who study and teach about disasters. Our collaborative process encourages empathetic inquiry into the past, and shares those stories for the future.
There is no newspaper or television program these days that does not talk about toilet paper. Or, rather, that does not talk about the inexplicable anxiety felt by those trying to secure just one roll, or expressed by those stockpiling
Today, on March 31, health officials in Chiba Prefecture, just outside of Tokyo, announced that there are now 93 officially recognized cases of COVID-19 linked to a care facility for people with mental disabilities. This large cluster was discovered after
Today I woke up to the news that the popular comedian Shimura Ken had become Japan’s first celebrity casualty to COVID-19; and to the word, spreading through social media, that the Japanese government would call for a lockdown at the
No hay diario ni programa de televisión que no hable del papel higiénico o, mejor dicho, de las neurosis inexplicables desatadas por conseguir un rollo y acopiarlos en decenas. Aprovecharemos estos días para trazar unas historias del papel y de
We have to go buy some medicine for my mother-in-law and since we were going out anyway, we asked one of our elderly neighbours if he needed medicine as well. We were thinking about helping people who are part of
The “janta curfew” that I wrote about a few days back was dress rehearsal. India is seeing a surge in COVID19 cases and a couple of days after the pans and pots being banged, we now have our officially declared
For this day, our dear Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested a voluntary curfew of twelve hours termed the “janta curfew” (people’s curfew), as one way of initiating “social distancing” to “break the chain” of the ongoing pandemic. Quite typically of
The Teach311 + COVID-19 collective and the History of Science ON CALL project are pleased to co-present this e-mail interview from March 31, 2020 with historian Indira Chowdhury about the role of the humanities in understanding and dealing with the
Le 21 mars 2020 – un dimanche qui, pour beaucoup d’autres villes, a été marqué par l’annonce de mesures de confinement et par des quarantaines imposées par la police – environ 52 000 personnes se sont rassemblées devant la gare
ADDENDUM: What a difference a day makes in these hectic times. The announcement that Tokyo would postpone the Olympics and Paraolympics to 2021 came out on the evening of March 24th. On March 25th, Tokyo reported its highest number of
In the months following the outbreak of COVID-19, schools and universities in China faced the temporary closure of their campuses. In January and February, teaching was carried out in asynchronous methods under new conditions that are now being experienced all
This pandemic offers a moment to reflect on the sprawling economic connections that link us, and even to critique them and the resultant human effects on the globe, in terms of climate, environment, and even public health. That these discussions
On March 21st, 2020 — a Sunday that for many other cities entailed isolations and even police enforced quarantines — an estimated 52,000 people gathered outside the main train station in Sendai, Japan to see the Olympic flame on display.
Teaching with 3.11 in the Present Aleksandra Kobiljski Editors’ Note: The current global health crisis has called us to reflect upon the role of digital pedagogical tools for facilitating empathetic learning about disasters in history. Our ability to create new
On March 15, 2020, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea declared the Daegu Metropolitan City and some of surrounding areas of North Gyeongsang Province as a “special disaster zone.” Daegu became a hotspot of COVID-19 in Korea on February 18th,
Disaster frequently confronts residents of Mexico City. Earthquakes threaten the indiscriminate destruction of structures both precolonial and new, flash floods tease a waterlogged future reminiscent of the city’s lacustrine past, ashfall from volcanic eruptions brewing in close proximity carries the
How a Catastrophic Flood of the Gürbe River Triggered the Rethinking of Local Flood Protection On the evening of 29 July 1990, after a warm and sunny day, the sky over the Gantrisch region in the Swiss pre-Alps suddenly darkened.
Fears that arose in the aftermath of the nuclear disaster that occurred in Northeastern Japan on 11 March 2011 led some Japanese families to evacuate overseas and to consider permanently leaving Japan. I met some young families in this situation in
I’m sure many people were shocked and saddened by the recent news that an Ethiopian Airline plane crashed on 10 March, 2019, en route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa. It comes on the heels of another aviation accident involving Boeing 737