Pandemic Passages

Pandemic Passages

Existential crises, from an anthropological point of view, are social dramas: lived experiences with the potential to transform, destabilize, weaken, or strengthen the phenomenological, social, cultural, and philosophical grounds upon which individuals and communities create and enact their life stories. As such, crises are rites of passage. They have the potential to separate us from who we were before the crisis. Crises can launch us into a time of uncertainty and disorientation where we are compelled to find new sources of meaning and motivation that in the end afford an opportunity to return to the world with a new or renewed sense of self and identity. 


The COVID-19 pandemic, our pandemic, has, for instance, exposed our vulnerabilities to and intimacies with global, political, and environmental forces in ways that inspire us to reflect upon our place(s) in the world and upon the meaning of life in general.  Pandemic Passages is a space for witnessing and sharing stories of the lived experiences of “our pandemic.” It is a space for showing how we are making culture and history in our local communities-- in essence,  how we are making this “our pandemic,”  this time “our time”, and…. how the pandemic is making us. 

---Seran Schug