Covid Glossary

Transmissions, medical efficacy, sanitization, immunisation, de-densification, sterilisation have been common themes of engaging with pandemics. We at SEA believe that the pandemic has a granularity of meta, non-linear narratives that become useful in making sense of the relational complexities of the pandemic and society. Thus, we set out to collect stories of fears, joys, agilities, fragilities, friendships, networks, collectives, home, work, infrastructures, entrepreneurship, privileges, marginalizations, migrations, desperation, gender, equity, etc. An evident and visible collapse of centralised systems have been felt far too viscerally with the ongoing/current second wave in India. Stories of the energetic self and nimble networks that had previously held society together were also put to test. The glossary as a method became useful to reflect on this granularity of experiences and to account for slippages during these times. These spatio-temporal stories, when read together or as individual instances produce a new sense of the emergent contemporary. This framework also allows us to speculate on the kind of world  we will inhabit once the storm has passed.

The glossary is an ongoing project and can be accessed from

Covid Glossary Symposium:
Nuances and Patterns
Speculations and Projections