By Nazlin Bhimani, on 26 April 2023
UCL Press’s Paper Trails: The Social Life of Archives and Collections and the University of Stirling’s Oral History of the Pandemic Project are pleased to invite contributions on the broad theme of Creative Responses to the History of Covid-19. Since 2021, researchers at Stirling have been interviewing the University’s staff and students about their experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Inspired by the playful approaches of ‘creative history’, the researchers at Stirling have now produced a highly innovative history based on their oral interviews. Co-produced by academics, archival staff, curators, and students, with creative input from artists and musicians from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, this history will be presented on Paper Trails in the form of written text, film, animation, and music.
The editors of Paper Trails – a collaborative, peer-reviewed, open-access BOOC – now invite researchers from across the higher education, archive, and museum sectors to submit new proposals for additional contributions to a special edition on Creative Responses to the History of Covid-19. In addition to the Stirling history, this edition will showcase the diverse ways in which these sectors experienced, recorded, and interpreted the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The deadline for proposals is 19th June 2023, and the deadline for submissions will be 20th October 2023. Contributions may be submitted to the following streams and can be in a variety of formats and lengths:
- Research Stories: full-length research articles.
- Co-Production: outputs from projects in which non-academic, undergraduate, and postgraduate audiences collaborate with others to create new work based on research collections.
- Collection Profiles: shorter, descriptive or narrative pieces that highlight collections of interest.
- Engagement: Reflective pieces that focus on a broad range of engagement activities.
Paper Trails is edited by Andrew Smith, Director of Liberal Arts, Queen Mary University of London, firstname.lastname@example.org. The University of Stirling Oral History of the Pandemic Project team is led by Stephen Bowman (Lecturer in History, email@example.com), Rosie Al-Mulla (Archivist, firstname.lastname@example.org), and Sarah Bromage (Head of University of Stirling Collections, email@example.com).