Processing the Pandemic I: Loss | Newberry

Processing the Pandemic I: Loss

Dave Ortega, De las Casas: Selections from “An account, much abbreviated, of the destruction of the Indies” Written from 1540 to 1542 by Dominican Friar Bartolomé de las Casas. Boston: Dave Ortega, 2015 (Ayer PN6727.O77 D39 2015)

Burial scene accompanying the Office of the Dead in Book of hours, use of Rouen, ca. 1470 (VAULT Case MS 43)

Daniel Defoe, A Journal of the Plague Year, London: 1722 (Case F 4595 .217)

Thursday, April 14, 2022Friday, April 15, 2022

Thursday, 3:30-5 pm; Friday, 9 am-4:30 pm

Newberry Library

Organized by Rose Miron, Newberry Library; Bryan Brazeau, University of Warwick; and Christopher Fletcher, Newberry Library
Center for American Indian Studies Programs
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs

The defining experiences of COVID-19 have raised new questions about how we approach the study of emotions—such as which emotional expressions are socially valued and whether shared emotional experiences can transcend social, cultural, or temporal divides—and the practical applications of such studies in rebuilding our post-pandemic world.. Events over the past two years have called upon us to rethink many of our long-held assumptions, while the pandemic itself has starkly demonstrated ongoing social inequalities and the insidious legacies of settler colonialism and white supremacy.

How can we—as an open community of scholars, teachers, archivists, social workers, and practitioners—learn from these experiences and from each other in transformative transdisciplinary ways? How can such dialogues reframe existing discussions around the history of the emotions and our responses to trauma? Moreover, how can the study of peoples’ responses to traumatic events before 1800 help guide our own experience of the pandemic?

Processing the Pandemic will attempt to trace new pathways to answer these questions. This hybrid event, the first in a multi-year series of seminars and symposia, will focus on the theme of Loss. Through roundtable discussions, collection presentations, and workshops, this program will explore how scholars, students, and professionals may use the experience of and responses to significant loss before 1800 to chart our own path towards a post-COVID-19 world.

This series is co-sponsored and co-organized by the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library, the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick, and the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library.


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Thursday, April 14

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3:30 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks

Rose Miron, Newberry Library
Bryan Brazeau, University of Warwick
Christopher Fletcher, Newberry Library

3:45 pm Keynote Roundtable: The Value of Studying Historic Loss

Dolores BigFoot, University of Oklahoma
Cathy Caruth, Cornell University
Frieda Ekotto, University of Michigan

Friday, April 15

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9-9:10 am Mindful Grounding

Robyn Rabicke, NAMI Chicago

9:15-10:30 am Roundtable 1: Loss and Community

Angelica Duran, Purdue University
Christine DeLucia, Williams College
Shannon Gayk, Indiana University

10:45 am-12 pm Roundtable 2: Listening Responsibly

Edward Polanco, Virginia Tech
Jane Tylus, Yale University
Sarah Wilson, Newberry Library

12-1 pm Lunch Break

1 pm-2 pm Collection Presentation

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2 pm-3 pm Guided Reflection

Alexa James, NAMI Chicago

3:15-4:30 pm Roundtable 3: Reading Objects of Loss

Tara Bynum, University of Iowa
Drew Lopenzina, Old Dominion University

4:30-5 pm Final Conversation

Cost and Registration Information 

This hybrid event is free and open to all. Participants may attend the entire conference in person, but space may be limited and registration in advance is required. To register, complete this online registration form.

The roundtables and guided reflection will also be available virtually as Zoom webinars, one for each day of the conference. Click on the links above in the schedule to join the webinar.

Participants and attendees from Consortium participants may be eligible to receive CRS Consortium Grants to cover the costs of attending the workshop. Contact your local consortium representative for details.