COVID-19 and Culture

This four episode mini-series tackles a range of areas where COVID-19 has impacted our lives and where it will continue to affect us in the future.

A street in Leeds during lockdown
A zoom call

Podcast Mini-Series

Professor Susan Watkins from the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities presents a series of episodes discussing how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our culture and the long term impacts we may see.

Nurses during the Spanish Flu pandemic

The panel discuss what history can teach us about pandemics and the lessons we can learn about how society can bounce back from such an event.

Panellists:

  • Chair: Professor Susan Watkins
  • Dr Henry Irving
  • Dr Nick Cox
  • Dr Jessica Van Horssen
  • Dr Erich DeWald
A street in Leeds during lockdown

The panel discuss how our lives have been changed by the pandemic and the ways that it has affected how we engage with culture.

Panellists:

  • Chair: Professor Susan Watkins
  • Dr Rachel Rich
  • Dr Melanie Chan
  • Dr Aaron Andrews
Old man alone on a bench

In this episode the panel examine how lockdown has made stigma and social inequality worse, but also how we can see challenge and resistance to that in the culture around us.

Panellists:

  • Chair: Professor Susan Watkins
  • Dr Emily Zobel Marshall
  • Professor Jayne Raisborough
Holding a book

In the final episode of this mini-series the panel examine how we can see positive personal and wider changes via writing as, hopefully, the pandemic eases or we emerge from it.

Panellists:

  • Chair: Dr Emily Zobel Marshall
  • Professor Susan Watkins
  • Dr Rachel Connor
  • Dr James McGrath

The panel discuss what history can teach us about pandemics and the lessons we can learn about how society can bounce back from such an event.

Panellists:

  • Chair: Professor Susan Watkins
  • Dr Henry Irving
  • Dr Nick Cox
  • Dr Jessica Van Horssen
  • Dr Erich DeWald
Nurses during the Spanish Flu pandemic

The panel discuss how our lives have been changed by the pandemic and the ways that it has affected how we engage with culture.

Panellists:

  • Chair: Professor Susan Watkins
  • Dr Rachel Rich
  • Dr Melanie Chan
  • Dr Aaron Andrews
A street in Leeds during lockdown

In this episode the panel examine how lockdown has made stigma and social inequality worse, but also how we can see challenge and resistance to that in the culture around us.

Panellists:

  • Chair: Professor Susan Watkins
  • Dr Emily Zobel Marshall
  • Professor Jayne Raisborough
Old man alone on a bench

In the final episode of this mini-series the panel examine how we can see positive personal and wider changes via writing as, hopefully, the pandemic eases or we emerge from it.

Panellists:

  • Chair: Dr Emily Zobel Marshall
  • Professor Susan Watkins
  • Dr Rachel Connor
  • Dr James McGrath
Holding a book