CFP - Before Corona & After Corona: Continuities and Discontinuities of the New Normal (AAA 2020)

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Call for Papers: American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting Nov 18-22, 2020, St. Louis, MO

Before Corona & After Corona: Continuities and Discontinuities of the New Normal


Organizers: Young Su Park, MD PhD (University College London) and Yeon Jung Yu, PhD (Western Washington University)


May 8: deadline to submit 250 word application to organizers

May 15: AAA deadline to begin application online

May 20 (17:00 EST): deadline to complete application online


Panel Abstract:

We invite abstract submissions that explore a wide range topics related to the Covid-19 pandemic, including culture-specific perceptions of COVID-19, modification of cultural/religious practices, local compliance to public health guidelines, enforcement of government orders, bio-technology, health care and service, social solidarity, and social inequalities throughout the duration of the pandemic. An anthropological understanding of the largely unexplored but urgent territories would lead us to not only reconsider and theorize social phenomena, but also to prepare and improve diverse lived experiences when facing future epidemics.


The seemingly unprecedented pandemic has upended people's daily lives. Under government-imposed lockdown, social distancing, self-quarantining, a 'New Normal' that transforms mobility, sociality, vulnerability, and governmentality has emerged. In addition, the existing fault lines of social divisions have become intensified in the name of epidemic responses and governances. Thus, this panel seeks to explore the dramatic social changes ushered in by the pandemic against the backdrop of existing political, biological, technological, and historical contexts. We welcome contributions from diverse geographical contexts and methodological orientations.


Papers may engage, but are not limited to, the following topics:


  • Daily experiences of an epidemic/pandemic
  • Previous epidemic experiences-SARS, MERS, Ebola or Zika-and political contexts that shaped subsequent responses and preparedness from governments and citizens
  • Transformation of cultural, religious, and/or business practices
  • Social stigma against "the Contagious Other"
  • Technologies of surveillance and its social outcomes/consequences
  • Emerging forms of care and healthcare services
  • Intensified social inequalities and disadvantaged populations


Please submit your abstract (of no more than 250 words) along with your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information to Young Su Park ( or Yeon Jung Yu ( by May 8th, 2020.


Please widely circulate this invitation.


Thank you,



Young Su Park, MD PhD (Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University College London)

Yeon Jung Yu, PhD (Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Western Washington University)