How to Study a Pandemic while Living It: Narrative Inquiry and The Wuhan Lockdown

Friday, 28 October 2022, 9:00am (HKT) on Zoom

The lockdown of Wuhan in 2020 was the first of its kind in the COVID-19 global pandemic. One of its remarkable features was that residents in Wuhan documented their everyday experiences meticulously and shared their stories on social media. This gave their experiences a distinctly narrative character. For researchers committed to studying and recounting the Wuhan lockdown as a historical event, narrative inquiry presents itself as a compelling approach. In this talk, Professor Guobin Yang discusses the narrative strategies in his new book The Wuhan Lockdown and reflects on the meaning of academic research and scholarship in times of a public health crisis and global conflicts.

GUOBIN YANG is the Grace Lee Boggs Professor of Communication and Sociology at the Annenberg School for Communication and the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the Center on Digital Culture and Society and serves as deputy director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China. He is the author of The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online (2009), The Red Guard Generation and Political Activism in China (2016), and The Wuhan Lockdown (2022). He is also the editor or co-editor of six books, including Engaging Social Media in China: Platforms, Publics and Production (2021, with Wei Wang).

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