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THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND HEALTH COMMUNICATION: Blog posts

The New Public Care: Seeking Coronavirus Truth through Networked Publics, in Consciously Quarantined, a blog series by Medical Anthropology UCL

With the coronavirus pandemic across the globe, I ask – what will be the post-pandemic future of health care? And what will happen to those not-scientific health solutions? There certainly is a need for what I have called “the new public care” – the community-care of people seeking health advice “out of the box”. Will there be a place for them, or will they be moderated out of networked publics? Read more here.

Collecting COVID-19: A crowd-sourced digital ethnography of the COVID-19 Pandemic, by the Center for Digital Anthropology, University College London

The project aims to provide an insight into unfolding social effects of the coronavirus pandemic with real-time ethnography. The project covers six various topics. My contributions so far:

Online COVID-19 repositories of cures in Poland: digital distrust, misinformation, collaboration.

The Visible Hand of empathy: social mobilisation on Facebook against the negative effects of the lockdown in Poland

From content moderation to social media censorship? Thoughts on COVID-19 infodemic from a post-socialist misinformation frontier, in Medium

As Facebook and Twitter delete posts by Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, it’s time to share my thoughts on health content moderation and censorship. Bolsonaro’s case shows the scope of the new, stricter anti-misinformation policy introduced by various social media platforms. As digital anthropologist, I am studying health misinformation for the last couple of years, and the coronavirus infodemic makes me ask myself: Will the infodemic lead to more strict content moderation, that gets dangerously close to censorship? And I think the answer is ‘perhaps’, or even — ‘yes, it will’. If so, what will be the consequences? Let me explain what I think. Read more here.

METHODOLOGICAL PAPERS

Anthropology from Home. Advice on digital ethnography for the pandemic times, in Anthropology in Action 27(1), March (June) 2020, accessible here.

The coronavirus pandemic has made ethnographic fieldwork, as traditionally conceived in anthropology, temporarily impossible to conduct. Facing long-term limitations to mobility and physical contact, which will challenge our research practices for the foreseeable future, social anthropology has to adjust to these new circumstances. This article discusses and reflects on what digital ethnography can offer to researchers across the world, providing critical insight into the method and offering advice to beginners in the field. Last, but not least, the article introduces the phrase ‘anthropology from home’ to talk about research in the pandemic times – that is, geographically restricted but digitally enabled.

PAPERS RELATED TO POLAND

‘The Stadium as a Witness. A Story of a Changing Monument’ (with H. Patzer and M. Winkowska), in: Widok. Teorie i praktyki kultury wizualnej: Warsaw-Moscow. Monuments of Transformatio 9/2015, March 2016.

 ‘Studenci zagraniczni na drodze do integracji’(with A. Arcichowska), in: Bieg przez płotki. Bariery na drodze do integracji migrantów w Polsce, A. Mikulska and H. Patzer (ed.), Helisnki Foundation for Human Rights, Warsaw 2012, ISBN 978-83-62245-13-0.

‘Autentyczność na talerzu’,in: (Op.cit.,) Maszyna interpretacyjna. Czasopismo kulturalno-społeczne 43, October 2012: 70–75.

PAPERS RELATED TO INDIA

‘Rodzina indyjska za granicą’, in: Namaste Polsko! Sytuacja i potrzeby imigrantów z Indii w Polsce, I. Bąbiak and K. Gmaj (ed.), Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar, Warsaw 2015, ISBN 978-83-7383-765-2.

‘O jedzeniu i tożsamości w Kalkucie. Trzy historie o apetycie’,  in: Bliza. Kwartalnik artystyczny: Kultura kuchni 3 (20), September 2014.

‘Chinatown od kuchni. Historia, smaki a tożsamość wspólnoty chińskiej w Kalkucie’, in: Czas Kultury. Polityka Smaku 5/2013, January 2014: 50-59.

IN THE MEDIA

‚Bałam się szczepienia’, in Nauka w Polsce, Polish Press Agency PAP, Urszula Kaczorowska, 28.08.2021 [Quoted]

Dezinformacja i poszukiwanie prawdy w pandemii. Przypadek ruchów antyszczepionkowych‚, in TOK.FM, OFF Czarek with Cezary Łasiczka, 16.08.2021 [Main guest]

Namawiam do optymizmu. W Polsce nie jest tak źle, jeśli chodzi o ruchy antyszczepionkowe’. Commenting on anti-vaccination skepticism in Poland, in TOK.FM, Morning show Pierwsze Śniadanie with Piotr Maślak, 03.08.2021 [Main guest]

‚Nie demonizujmy antyszczepionkowców, nie nazywajmy „foliarzami” i „szurami”‚, in Gazeta Wyborcza, Piotr Szostak, 31.07.2021 [Interview with me]

‚Prolockdownowcy, libertarianie i naturaliści. Kim są antyszczepionkowcy?’, in Gazeta Wyborcza, Piotr Szostak, 30.07.2021 [Quoted]

Paszporty szczepionkowe. Czy bez nich odmówią nam wstępu na siłownię i do restauracji?’, in Gazeta Wyborcza, Piotr Szostak, 17.03.2021 [Quoted]

Żeby być instainfluencerem, trzeba mieć określony zestaw cech charakteru’, in Gazeta.pl Weekend, 11.12.2020 [Quoted]

Żli badacze szkodzą demokracji‚, in Kultura Liberalna, No 482 ‘Afera Cambridge Analytica’ (14/2018), April 2018. [Authored]

‚Jak sobie radzić z dezinformacją i pseudonauką?’, in TOK.FM, Człowiek 2.0 with Jan Stradowski, 09.06.2018 [Guest]

‚Po przesłuchaniu Marcka Zuckerberga – wartość akcji Facebooka rośnie’, in TOK.FM, Popołudnie Radia TOK.FM with Paweł Sulik, 11.04.2018 [Main guest]

‚Jak rozprzestrzeniają się treści antyszczepionkowe w sieci?’, in TOK.FM, Światopodgląd with Agnieszka Lichnerowicz, 29.03.2018 [Main guest]