Arguing on Facebook about COVID: a case study of key beliefs, rationales and strategies

Originally posted on This Sociological Life:
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, social media platforms have become well-known for both disseminating misinformation and conspiracy theories as well as acting as valuable information sources concerning the novel coronavirus and governments’ efforts to manage and contain COVID. Facebook in particular – the world’s most popular social media site –…

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Face masks in the wild: a photographic collection

Originally posted on This Sociological Life:
Last April, my co-authored book The Face Mask in COVID Times: A Sociomaterial Analysis was published (written with Clare Southerton, Marianne Clark and Ash Watson when we were all part of the Vitalities Lab that I lead at UNSW Sydney). We feature several images of face masks in the…

Vitalities Lab Spring 2021 Newsletter

As lockdown lifts in Sydney, we thought it would be a good time for another newsletter to reflect on the events of the last several months. Since our last newsletter, published in early February 2021, we’ve been busy at the Lab not just with academic work but dealing with kids at home and the workContinue reading “Vitalities Lab Spring 2021 Newsletter”

COVID feelings and movement: Fear and lockdown in Sydney

Photo by Alexas_Fotos on Unsplash Clare Southerton As Sydney spends its first week in lockdown, perhaps unsurprisingly I’ve been thinking a lot about movement. Not just about getting out of my apartment (though that would be lovely), but about the relationship between feelings and movement during Australia’s most recent coronavirus outbreak.  In her book, TheContinue reading “COVID feelings and movement: Fear and lockdown in Sydney”

Expression of interest: applications for ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)

The next round of the ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme closes in November 2021, with funding beginning in 2023. Applications require a long lead time of development and mentor support. If you are an early career researcher with an outstanding track record relative to opportunity who is currently around 3-4 years (butContinue reading “Expression of interest: applications for ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)”

Our new book is now out – The Face Mask in COVID Times: A Sociomaterial Analysis

We are excited to announce that our co-authored Vitalities Lab team book has just been released. Details are available on Amazon and our publisher De Gruyter’s website. For a companion volume, check out the book co-edited by Deborah Lupton with Karen Willis, The COVID-19 Crisis: Social Perspectives, also just released. We argue in the bookContinue reading “Our new book is now out – The Face Mask in COVID Times: A Sociomaterial Analysis”

Thinking about movement beyond health

Marianne Clark As the weather shifts (almost imperceptibly if you ask this Canadian) from summer to fall here in Sydney, I find myself embracing new options for outdoor activities. Unlike my home country of Canada, where winter means donning layers (and layers) of fleece and down even for the shortest of walks, opportunities in AustraliaContinue reading “Thinking about movement beyond health”

Vitalities Lab Newsletter 10 Summer 2021

2 February 2021 It is summer in Sydney and we at the Vitalities Lab are back in the office for another new year. After some collective downtime we have hit the ground running, riding the ripple effects of our globally tumultuous 2020 and beginning to make sense of the post-COVID world. One phenomenon that hasContinue reading “Vitalities Lab Newsletter 10 Summer 2021”

Animal Crossing Fans: Come and play with us!

Are you an Animal Crossings fan? Meg at the Vitalities Lab is now looking for Animal Crossing players to participate in an in-game interview, to learn more about their experience of playing the game while social distancing in 2020. Here are the details: My Happy Place: Exploring the use of ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ duringContinue reading “Animal Crossing Fans: Come and play with us!”