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New Publication Update:


Anthropological Forum, Volume 32, Issue 3 (2022)

Imagination, the Ordinary and the Extraordinary: COVID-19 in Aotearoa/New Zealand
(Two-part Special Issue for Anthropological Forum)
Edited by Susanna Trnka and Sanchita Vyas

Māori social imaginaries and Covid (Aoake)
Elderly agency during a pandemic (Addison and Horan)
How current pandemic politics shape our perspectives on the past (Battles and Sanders)
Temporality in sci fi and zombie movies versus during a real pandemic (Trnka, Correll Trnka, and Vyas)
how pandemic crises recalibrate state-citizen relations (Trnka)



Trnka, S., & Muir, L. (2021, November 4). A new ministry sets out to improve services and accessibility for New Zealanders living with disabilities. The Conversation.


Kearns, Robin. “Geographical metaphors in everyday life.” In COVID-19 and Similar Futures, pp. 185-191. Springer, Cham, 2021.



The Communicating about COVID-19 project ( is funded by the Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation (MBIE) and based at Victoria University of Wellington. The project aims to understand where the people of Aotearoa have been finding information about COVID-19, how useful it is, and how they’ve used it. Pandemics Hub members Lara Greaves and Heather Battles are leading the Survey component of the project.
The survey, which launched at the end of June, is designed to gauge how a larger group of Aotearoa’s residents found their information about COVID-19, feel about vaccination and the response, and talk with friends and whānau about the pandemic. Anyone looking to participate in the survey or share it with others can access it via the link here:



Dr. Pauline Herbst is part of a roundtable discussion at the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Film Festival in London “Our Pandemic Lives: Photography During the Pandemic.” A 5-minute intro recorded for the Pandemic Hub website can be accessed below:


Nicole Perry is currently a co-operations partner in Corona Fictions. On Viral Narratives in Times of Pandemics, funded by the FWF (Austrian Science Fund) out of Graz, Austria.


Read: How does art happen in the pressures of the COVID pandemic? By Professor Lisa Samuels