Scenes of Shame and Stigma in COVID-19
Dr Arthur Rose, Professor Luna Dolezal, Dr Fred CooperZoom
This panel will identify and investigate, through philosophical, cultural studies and historical analyses, the sites and circumstances of shame, shaming, stigma and discrimination during the first 12 months (January-December 2020) of the COVID-19 health crisis. Shame, stigma and shaming are often invisible forces in public health. We are particularly concerned with investigating (1) how stigma and shame are related to uneven distributions of social power and (2) how digital technologies, social media, neoliberal ideologies and rapid global information exchange have conditioned the ‘scenes of shame and stigma’ when compared to previous respiratory pandemics. There is an urgent need to understand how social, political and technological features that are unique to the contemporary moment are shaping the ways in which these phenomena are produced, manifested and experienced. The work in this panel emerges from the AHRC-funded research project, Scenes of Shame and Stigma in COVID-19, based at the University of Exeter. Its contributors include Professor Luna Dolezal, Dr Fred Cooper and Dr Arthur Rose.