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Special Collection

Humanities Data in the time of COVID-19

Collection launched: 19 Apr 2021

The rapid and global spread of COVID-19 has resulted in an international pandemic, making this a defining global health crisis of our time. The impact of the pandemic extends beyond health outcomes to include widespread social, economic, political, cultural, and environmental effects to the individual, community and society at large. For the first time in our recent history, the far-reaching impact of this pandemic serves as a stark reminder of our global interdependence and the interconnectedness of disciplines. We aimed at marking this transformative period in time through the present special collection.


The collection consists of data papers that capture the human experience and global impact of COVID-19 through the perspective of the humanities. The papers describe open-access datasets covering various areas of enquiry around the pandemic, that draw on sources from diary contributions, oral and written narratives, photographs and maps, social media and video accounts, which in turn highlight the social and cultural impact and understanding of the virus and subsequent government lockdown measures. The papers in this collection have diverse and impactful reuse potential and are thus of interest for a range of humanities and social science scholars.


This special collection is edited by Mandy Wigdorowitz ( and Sahba Besharati (

The second call for papers is available here.