The Moore Institute, along with other research institutes within NUI Galway, have come together to form COVID-19 Response Groups within their respective areas of research. The purpose of these groups is to draw on colleagues’ expertise with regard to the impact of COVID-19 and to foster potential research and collaboration.
In leading the initiative from a humanities and social studies perspective, the Moore Institute is exploring the effect of this pandemic in relation to areas such as political culture and its influence on decision-making; social media and the virus; education; racism; historical precedents; the psychology of infectious disease; security; globalization. Contributions, including Webinars and News and Opinions, from colleagues to-date are featured below.
If you are interested in being part of these conversations and would like to be involved with this group, please contact Dan Carey, Director of the Institute – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moore Institute COVID-19 Response Group Report
Since its formation, the Group has co-ordinated a significant number of events which have explored different dimensions of the crisis. The strategic impact of these events in the areas of Public Scholarship & Outreach, Developing & Sustaining Networks, and Fostering Interdisciplinarity, has been significant. The work has resulted in the development of new research areas and collaboration for many of the contributors, with a number of further initiatives already in the planning stages.
A full report on the Response Group’s activities has been compiled and is available at this link: http://bit.ly/moore-covid-report
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Moore Institute continues to host a series of webinars related to aspects of the COVID-19 crisis. These sessions feature both NUI Galway and external speakers, and are broadcast live using Zoom, Facebook Live, and on local radio by FlirtFM. The sessions are also recorded and published on the Moore Institute’s YouTube account.
1. Political and societal considerations in understanding the impact of Covid-19, April 2nd, 2020.
2. ‘Data, Ethics and the Covid-19 Crisis‘, April 23rd, 2020.
3. Education during Covid-19: precarity, privilege, purpose, April 30th, 2020.
5. Slavery, Race and COVID-19, May 19th, 2020
8. Universities and the Covid-19 Crisis: Problems, Prospects and Pathways, June 11th, 2020.
9. Philosophy and the Pandemic: reasoning in unreasonable times, June 18th, 2020.
10. Sport and Covid-19, June 25th, 2020.
11. Language in a health crisis: navigating Covid-19 in a multilingual Ireland, July 2nd, 2020.
12. Covid-19: The Crisis in India, May 19 2021.
Webinar Audio Recordings
The webinars are also available as audio recordings on the Moore Institute’s SoundCloud account.
News & Opinions – Moore Institute Blog
The Moore Institute also continues to publish contributions from colleagues, in the form of blogs, on topics relating to the impact the crisis is currently having, how it compares to pandemics of the past, and what we think the future might look like as a result.
- Covid-19: the pandemic and the monolingual state by John Walsh, July 14, 2020
- ‘Some unfinished business’: New Zealand, Samoa and the legacy of the Great Flu pandemic of 1918 by Gavan Duffy and Gearóid Barry, July 8, 2020
- Monuments Matter by Kathleen James Chakraborty, July 6, 2020
- Hearts, Minds, Institutions: Dismantling Racism in America by Matthew Carey, July 3, 2020
- Africa and ‘Blackness’ in the Irish Imagination by Fiona Bateman, June 26, 2020
- China and the United States – An Emerging Cold War? by Jim Browne, June 16, 2020
- “Proper to Throw it Out”: The Bristol Electors, Edmund Burke and the Relocation of a Statue of Edward Colston to the Bottom of the River Frome by Catherine Emerson, June 10, 2020
- Canada, COVID, and Police Brutality: The Experience of the Black Community by Alfua Cooper, June 9, 2020
- The COVID-19 Exposure by John Morrissey, June 6, 2020
- The Work of Metaphor in the Coronavirus Pandemic by Dan Carey, June 3, 2020
- Where to for communication and journalism in the post-Coronavirus world? by José Luis Garcia, June 2, 2020
- A Letter from the Emergency Room by Rishi Goyal, May 28, 2020
- Covid-19: Heading Home to Italy during the Crisis by Giada Lagana, May 27, 2020
- We need a hive mind, not a herd mentality by Nessa Cronin, May 26, 2020
- A Quieter but Less Silent Spring? Bird song and COVID-19 by Andrew Whitehouse, May 25, 2020
- Remembering the Sun of Joy by Gordon Bromley, May 22, 2020
- Australia under COVID-19 by Robert Phiddian, May 21, 2020
- New York Returns, by James Delbourgo, May 20, 2020
- Reeling in the years: why 664 AD was a terrible year in Ireland by Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, May 19, 2020
- A Transatlantic Forager by Quin Hyndman, May 18, 2020
- Lockdowns, literature, and balconies in Covid-19 Russia by Emily Tock, May 13, 202
- ‘The strictest in Europe’: how Spain dealt with the lockdown by José Brownrigg-Gleeson, May 11, 2020
- India’s Ruthless Response to COVID 19, Nata Duvvury, May 4, 202
- Put down The Plague, a novel by De Maistre is more hopeful Justin Tonra, May 2, 202
- “Expertise and Folk Knowledge of a Time of Pandemic”, Kieran Fitzpatrick, April 30, 202
- We Need More Than Just Scientists to Document the Pandemic, Dan Carey, April, 202
- “Covid-19 and the Swedish Experience: Notes from Umeå, Northern Sweden“, Eavan O’Dochartaigh, April 28, 2020.
- “Happy In? Ageing and Ageism in the Age of Coronavirus and Cocooning“, Michaela Schrage-Frueh and Tony Tracy, April 23, 2020
- “Covid-19 and the Spectre of the 1630 Plague in Italy“, Enrico Dal Lago, April 21, 2020
- “The Inexorable Rise of the Pandemic State? Second-Guessing the long-term political repercussions of COVID 19“, Brendan Flynn, April 16, 2020
- “Lessons in isolation and confinement from the diary of Anne Frank“, Róisín Healy, April 14, 2020
- “Virtual Galway 2020 – From Place to Virtual Space“, Nessa Cronin, April 9, 2020
- “Texas Tough? COVID-19 and the Precarity of the Lone Star State“, Kerry Sinanan, April 6, 2020
- “We are all waiting now: the new global sense of precarity“, John Morrissey, April 3, 2020
- “Death without Ritual will be Hard on Communities“, Breandán Mac Suibhne, March 30, 2020
- “Effects of Covid-19 on our society foretold by Defoe long ago“, Daniel Carey, March 24, 2020
Outputs from Group Members
- Byrne, A. (forthcoming, 2021) Teaching online in Covid-19. This is my story, ‘Remaking Social Futures through Biographical, Narrative Research: Story-making and Story-telling in Times of Crisis’, The Sociological Observer. [Accepted]
- Byrne, A. (forthcoming, 2021) Moving on-line and into the sea: a short waterbiography, ‘Remaking Social Futures through Biographical, Narrative Research: Story-making and Story-telling in Times of Crisis’, The Sociological Observer. [Accepted]
- Carey, D. (2020) ‘From Plague to Covid – What History Teaches Us about Pandemics’, Cois Coiribe, December 2020, 19-20, http://cois-coiribe.mdev.uk/
- Cronin, N. & Morrissey, J. (2020) ‘Foundations for the Future: Towards a More Sustainable World’, Cois Coiribe, December 2020, 21-22, http://cois-coiribe.mdev.uk/
- Connolly, C., Hall, T., Jones, S. & Procter R. (2020) ‘Research Informed Teaching in a Global Pandemic: Opening up Schools to Research’. In: Ferdig, R.E., Baumgartner, E., Hartshorne, R., Kaplan-Rakowski, R. & Mouza, C. (eds.) Teaching, Technology, and Teacher Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Stories from the Field. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. pp. 609-617, https://www.learntechlib.org/p/216903/
- Crosson, S. & Free, M. (2021) ‘“This too shall pass”: Gaelic Games, Irish Media and the Covid-19 Lockdown in Ireland”. In: Krieger, J., Henning, A., Dimeo, P. & Parks Pieper, L. (eds.) Time Out: National Perspectives on Sport and the Covid-19 Lockdown. Champaign, IL: Common Ground. pp. 297-312
- Crosson, S. & Free, M. (forthcoming, 2022) ‘“Celebrate this victory in a sensible manner”: Irish Media and the Restart of Gaelic games in Ireland’. In: Krieger, J., Henning, A., Dimeo, P. & Parks Pieper, L. (eds.) “Restart” Sport after the Covid-19 Lockdown. Champaign, IL: Common Ground
- Ó Baoill, A. & Scifo, S. (forthcoming) ‘Community Media, Sustainability, and Crisis’. Rowman & Littlefield
- Flynn, P. (2020) ‘DESIGN-ED: a pedagogical toolkit to support K-12 teachers’ emergency transition to remote online education’, Information and Learning Sciences, Vol. 121 (5/6): 331-339
- Flynn, P. (2020) ‘Enhancing K-12 pre-service teachers digital pedagogical literacy lesson planning for teaching online’. In: Ferdig, R. E, Baumgartner, E., Hartshorne, R., Kaplan-Rakowski, R. & Mouza, Ch. (eds.) Teaching, Technology, and Teacher Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Stories from the Field. USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (ACCE)
- Flynn, N., Keane, E., Davitt, E, McCauley, V., Heinz, M., & MacRuairc, G. (2020) Schooling at Home’ in Ireland during COVID 19: Perspectives and Experiences of Primary and Second-level Students and their Parents. School of Education, NUI Galway: Galway, Ireland, http://www.nuigalway.ie/colleges-and-schools/arts-social-sciences-and-celtic-studies/education/research/educationcultureandsociety/schoolingathome/#d.en.306508
- Hall, T., Connolly, C., Ó Grádaigh, S., Burden, K., Kearney, M., Schuck, S., Bottema, J., Cazemier, G., Hustinx, W., Evens, M., Koenraad, T., Makridou, E., Kosmas, P. (2020) ‘Education in precarious times: a comparative study across six countries to identify design priorities for mobile learning in a pandemic’, Information and Learning Sciences, https://doi.org/10.1108/ILS-04-2020-0089
- Morrissey. J. (2021) ‘Planetary Precarity and ‘More-Than-Human Security’: The Securitization Challenge in the Aftermath of COVID-19’, Journal of Human Security (In Press)
- Morrissey, J. (2020) ‘The Global Governance Challenge of Human Security’, Development Studies Association Ireland, https://www.dsaireland.org/covid-19-resources/the-global-governance-challenge-of-human-security
- Morrissey, J. (2020) ‘COVID-19 and the Neoliberal House of Cards’, Transforming Society, http://www.transformingsociety.co.uk/2020/06/19/covid-19-and-the-neoliberal-house-of-cards
- Morrissey, J. (2020) ‘The COVID-19 Exposure’, ZNet, https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-covid-19-exposure
- Murray, C., Heinz, M., Munday, I., Keane, E., Flynn, N., Connolly, C., Hall, T., MacRuairc, G. (2020) ‘Reconceptualising relatedness in education in ‘Distanced’ Times’, European Journal of Teacher Education, https://doi.org/10.1080/02619768.2020.1806820
- Ó Baoill, A. (2021) ‘Using The Crisis: Media Studies Pedagogy And The Pandemic’, Mediální studia / Media Studies (under review)
- Ó Baoill, A. & Scifo, S. (forthcoming) Community Media, Sustainability, and Crisis. Rowman & Littlefield
- Ó Baoill, A., Dolber, B. & Ceisel, C. (forthcoming) ‘Political economic perspectives on mobile privatisation and COVID-19
- Ó Grádaigh, S., Connolly, C., Mac Mahon, B., Agnew, A., & Poole, W. (2021) ‘An investigation of emergency virtual observation (EVO) in initial teacher education, in Australia and Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic’, Irish Educational Studies, 10.1080/03323315.2021.1916561
- O’Sullivan, K., O’Meara, N., Goos, M. & Conway, P. (2021) ‘How Covid-19 has reinforced the importance of a numerate society’, Irish Educational Studies, DOI: 10.1080/03323315.2021.1915844
- Pusse, T.K. (2020) ‘Konserven für die Apocalypse’, Triëdere. Zeitschrift für Theorie, Literatur und Kunst. Gastrosophie, Vol. 20, 23-27
- Putnam, E. (forthcoming, 2022) Livestreaming as Aesthetic Encounter, University of Minnesota Press (Forerunners series)
- Walsh, J. (2020) ‘An phaindéim agus an stát aonteangach’, Comhar, Vol. 80: 6, 11-14, https://comhar.ie/iris/80/6/an-phaindeim-agus-an-stat-aonteangach/
- Walsh, J. (2021) ‘“Real” language policy in a time of crisis: Covid-19, the state and the Irish Language’. In: Maher, E. & O’Brien, E. (eds.) Reimagining Irish Studies for the Twenty-First Century. Oxford: Peter Lang. pp. 229-246
- Carey, D. (2020) ‘Why we need more than just scientists to document the pandemic’, COVID-19 IHA Statement: The IHA calls for a dedicated funding stream for AHSS research addressing the COVID-19 crisis, Dublin: Irish Humanities Alliance – Promoting the Value of the Humanities,1 May 2020, https://irishhumanities.com/assets/Uploads/IHA-Calls-for-AHSS-Covid-19-Research-Funding.pdf
- Carey, D. (2020) ‘Why we need more than just scientists to document the pandemic’, Mission Covid-19: Global problems need a research portfolio approach, EASSH European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities, 19 August 2020, https://www.afsp.info/visionneuse.php?id=6527
- Carey, D. (2020) ‘Why We Need More than Just Scientists to Document the Pandemic’, reprinted as ‘More than Virology: The Humanities and the Pandemic’, https://chcinetwork.org/ideas/more-than-virology-the-humanities-and-the-pandemic, HERA – Humanities in the European Research Area website, https://heranet.info/2020/04/23/advocating-for-the-humanities-and-social-sciences-research-on-covid-19/
- Carey, D. (2020) ‘What the Humanities Can Contribute to Covid-19 Research’, is acknowledged as the basis of the IHA’s policy document Research Areas in which AHSS can contribute to the ongoing COVID-19 Crisis, Dublin: Irish Humanities Alliance, 23 June 2020, https://irishhumanities.com/assets/Uploads/IHA-Covid-19-Research-Areas-23June.pdf
Establishing New Networks
- Cassie Smith-Christmas has developed a strong relation with the newly reinstated ELSTA (English Language Support Teachers Association of Ireland) as a result of her participation in a COVID-19 Response Seminar. One of the external speakers from the webinar went on to become president of the group and they have continued to stay in touch to discuss many things. From Cassie’s experience changes to language policy in particular, can be a slow and laborious processes, but that building up relations between academics and stakeholders is key to making those changes.
- Carey, D. (2020) ‘Why We Need More than Just Scientists to Document the Pandemic’, RTÉ Brainstorm, posted 21 April 2020, reprinted as ‘More than Virology: The Humanities and the Pandemic’
- Morrissey, J. (2021) ‘How the pandemic helped highlight young people’s strengths’, RTÉ Brainstorm,
- O’Neill, M. & Ní Léime, Á. (2020) ‘Old man, take a look at my life, I’m a lot like you’, RTÉ Brainstorm, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0623/1149098-older-men-ireland-media-representation-cocooning-coronavirus/
- Schrage-Früh, M. and Tracy, T. “Ageing and Ageism in the Age of Coronavirus and Cocooning.” RTE Brainstorm, 15 April 2020.
- Carey, D. (2020) ‘Effects of Covid-19 on Our Society Foretold by Defoe Long Ago’, Sunday Independent, 22 March 2020, p. 21,
- Crosson, S. (2021) ‘GAA’s role in national response to the Covid crisis generally a positive one’, The Irish Times, 10 February 2021,
- Crosson, S. (2021) ‘Study commends GAA’s reaction to first lockdown’, Irish Examiner, 9 February 2021,
- Crosson, S. (2021) ‘Coronavirus in Ireland: GAA influence strengthened by pandemic’, The Times, London, 9 February 2021,
- Crosson, S. & Free, M. (2021) ‘Studying impact of the pandemic on Gaelic games’, Galway Advertiser, 11 February 2021,
- Shaughnessy, L. (2021) ‘Poem of the week: Last Rite’, The Irish Times, 27 March 2021. Poetry,
- Crosson, S. (2021) ‘NUIG academic publishes study on impact of Covid-19 on Gaelic games’, Galway, Galway Bay FM, 10 February 2021,
- Crosson, S. & Free, M. (2021) ‘Impact of Covid-19 on Gaelic Games in Ireland’, What’s the Score radio show, Limerick City Community Radio, 26 February 2021
- Ó Baoill, A. (2021) ‘Producing community radio during a pandemic’, A Critical Ear broadcasts, in conversation with Dr Josephine Coleman of Brunel University London, Flirt FM, Galway, http://acriticalear.info/blog/2021/04/05/producing-community-radio-during-a-pandemic
- Carey, D. (2020) ‘What the Humanities Can Contribute to Covid-19 Research’, Irish Humanities Alliance blog, posted 23 June 2020, https://www.irishhumanities.com/blog/what-the-humanities-can-contribute-to-covid-19-research/
- Morrissey, J. (2020) ‘The New Global Sense of Precarity’, Haven Project Blog,
- Smith-Christmas, C. (2020) Text of Talk delivered at ‘Language in a health crisis: navigating Covid-19 in a multilingual Ireland’, Language, Families and Society, 31 July 2020,
- Text of Talk delivered at ‘Language in a health crisis: navigating Covid-19 in a multilingual Ireland’
- Walsh, J. (2020) ‘Covid-19: the pandemic and the monolingual state’, 14 July 2020, https://mooreinstitute.ie/2020/07/14/covid-19-the-pandemic-and-the-monolingual-state/
- Crosson, S. (2021) ‘Women in Sports and levelling the playing fields’, Cois Coiribe, 28 April 2021, https://bit.ly/3exFa8V
Webinars / Conference Papers / Presentations
- Byrne, A. (2020) ‘Writing Obscure Lives?’, Biographical Perspective on European Societies’. A two-day interactive online event: “Biographical work in a time of social distancing: interview(s), analysis, interpretation”, European Sociological Association, Sociological Association of Ireland, ESRC Research Network, 25-26 September 2020
- Byrne, A. (2020) ‘Creative Methods with Letters and Diaries’, Panel brief, Biographical Perspective on European Societies’. A two-day interactive online event: “Biographical work in a time of social distancing: interview(s), analysis, interpretation”, European Sociological Association, Sociological Association of Ireland, ESRC Research Network, 25-26 September 2020
- Byrne, A. (2020) ‘Biographical Narrative and Life Course Research Group (IRL-UK): Learning from the Past?’, Reading Group Focus: Byrne, A. and O’Mahony, D. (2012) ‘Family and Community: Retelling Our Own Story’, Journal of Family Issues, Vol. 33:1. pp 52-75
- Byrne, A., Kovacic, T. & Prieto Blanco, P. (2020) ‘Writing Obscure Lives: Victorijia’s Autograph Book’, WEBINAR Biographical Narrative and Life Course Research Group (IRL-UK), 30 November 2020
- Cronin, N. (2021) Panellist at Global Irish Network Series: “Post Covid: A New Irish Studies?”, University of Notre Dame, 16 April 2021, https://irishstudies.nd.edu/events/2021/04/16/global-irish-network-series-post-covid-a-new-irish-studies/
- Cronin, N. (2021) Co-organised the higher education and policy-oriented webinar series, Future Earth Ireland, ‘Building Forward Better’, Royal Irish Academy, Spring 2021, https://www.ria.ie/building-forward-better-webinar-series-teaching-and-learning
- Crosson, S. (forthcoming, 2021) ‘”Gaelic Games, Irish Media and the Covid-19 Pandemic’s Exposing Force’ in Ireland”, The 15th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union, 15-18 June 2021, University of Rijeka, Croatia, https://www.sportandeu.com/2021-conference
- Murray, C. & Heinz, M. (2021) ‘Relatedness and Care in Teacher Education during a Pandemic and Beyond’, National Teacher Education and Teacher Educator Forum
- Ó Baoill, A. & Scifo, S. (2020) ‘Global Dialogues 3 – Beyond the Noise in UK and Ireland’, Global Dialogues on Community Media in the Post-Pandemic World, organised by the UNESCO Chair on Community Media, Dr. Vinod Pavarala, June 2020, Hyderabad University (also providing an introduction to the session, as part of the publication of the Dialogues by UNESCO Press), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_ctzqRz__E
- Schrage-Früh, M, invited presentation on “Dementia Narratives and Covid-19” in the webinar “Narratives of Dementia and Ageing during the Current Global Pandemic.” Organisers: Dr Sarah Falcus and Dr Raquel Medina (University of Huddersfield / University of Aston, UK, 21 July 2020)
- Smith-Christmas, C. (2020) ‘Text of Talk delivered at ‘Language in a health crisis: navigating Covid-19 in a multilingual Ireland’’, Language, Families and Society, 31 July 2020, NUI Galway, Moore Institute’s COVID-19 Series https://languagefamiliessociety.wordpress.com/2020/07/31/text-of-talk-delivered-at-language-in-a-health-crisis-navigating-covid-19-in-a-multilingual-ireland/
- Prof. Gerry Mac Ruairc and Prof. Pat Dolan
- HRB/IRC funded “Crisis coping for marginalised youth: living and learning through COVID-19”
- Dr Cornelia Connolly, School of Education, NUI Galway
- Rethink Ireland funded “Bridging Worlds – New Learning Spaces for New Times”
Andrew Ó Baoill
New module, MES4100 (Media for Social Change), has secured a grant from the NUIG OER Project (€1,250), to produce an Open Textbook on the NUIG Pressbook site. The funding from this comes from the Student Project Fund, and is designed to respond (in part) to the need for blended learning options (as well as responding to financial concerns among students) as a result of the pandemic. I would note that this project is in line with the responses I advocate in the pedagogy article under review (Ó Baoill, Andrew. Using The Crisis: Media Studies Pedagogy And The Pandemic. Under Review with: Mediální studia / Media Studies.).