From February 1 to March 3, 2021, the Glasscock Humanities Festival will highlight the work of humanities scholarship and critical thought about pressing issues relating to COVID-19. This virtual month-long festival includes several events, including an online exhibition, featuring Dr. Srivi's project on Diasporic Digital Diaries about the COVID-19 pandemic called Quarantined Across Borders (QAB).
QAB is a project of essays about the experiences of immigrant, diasporic, and borderland communities during the lockdown issued due to COVID-19. Specifically, the work of QAB will be highlighted during the Festival's Virtual Exhibit over the COVID-19 Micro-grant Showcase. The participants of the showcase will present their work over various experiences since the pandemic began. All of these projects, including QAB, are financially supported by the Glasscock Center community. In addition to these highlighted events, there will be affiliated activities organized by the Center's Working Groups and other members of the Glasscock Center community.
The QAB essay collection contains narratives from over 80 people of diverse backgrounds, races, faiths, occupations, and ages; the writers represent over 30 countries.
All selected essays first appeared on Dr. Srivi's Media Rise blog and its social media pages in May of 2020. Media Rise is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting meaningful media. Thereafter, the International Journal of Communication (IJOC), a leading interdisciplinary online multi-media journal centered in communication scholarship, published selected essays from the "Quarantined Across Borders" collection as a Forum special section. Finally, QAB will reach an even larger audience through the Glasscock Humanities Festival.
To check out QAB's feature at the festival, visit https://glasscockcenter-tamu.squarespace.com/ or click this hyperlink. For more information on the itinerary of the festival, please see the full calendar below.