Coping with COVID - Call for Videos

Irmak Yazici's picture
Call for Papers
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, South Asian History / Studies, Teaching and Learning, Theatre & Performance History / Studies
Dear all, 
I hope you are well, healthy, and safe, and congratulations on surviving this very difficult semester. The Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is starting a multilingual video series to document how you are coping with COVID. We want to solicit short videos - about 5 mins - from South Asia faculty, students, and community speaking earnestly about what matters to you the most during these difficult times. You may also want to show your activities or share creative work and art pieces that express how you are dealing with the crisis. The topics can be as personal, political, and/or place-based as you like, for example but not limited to: 
Coping with COVID in Hawaii and Asia-Pacific 
Teaching with compassion
New perspectives and changes in your research; how your work has helped you or how you have rethought your theses and methods (e.g. pandemic and indigeneity/ migration/ performance arts/ philosophy/ technology/ etc.
Perspectives on leadership 
Online existence/ existentialism / Onlinihilism! (ooh, I just coined that one) 
Socio-political situation in South Asia
Work-family balance during lock-downs
Community building 
Mental and physical health, safety, security  
Role of the arts during pandemics
Race, gender, privilege 
Memento Mori 
What matters to you most in these difficult times 
The video can be taken anywhere (at home or location you choose), with or without mask, on phone/computer; it can be you alone or with family or in a (zoom) interview with someone. We want to encourage you to speak in a South Asian language (your first, second, or language of your work) and briefly summarize what was said in English at the end or add subtitles. 
The videos will be posted and highlighted on the Center's web and social media pages. They will increase your visibility in the research and art communities across the world and create opportunities to collaborate and cope together. 
Please upload your videos here and send email to and to let us know that you have submitted your piece. Please submit by June 15th, 2020. We are accepting and posting your work on a rolling basis starting now.  
Thank you! With best wishes for your health and safety, 
Contact Info: 
Sai Bhatawadekar, PhD
Director, Center for South Asian Studies
Associate Professor
Hindi-Urdu, Theatre and Dance, Cross-cultural Philosophy
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Contact Email: