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History in the Making: #covidmemory

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Published on Friday, 17 April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is an event whose historic dimension is immediately obvious to us. Comparisons with the Spanish flu at the end of the First World War and the very Western view that it is the greatest crisis since the Second World War are on everyone’s lips. The state of emergency declared in Luxembourg on 18 March has led to unprecedented restrictions in our private and professional lives. With the online platform #covidmemory, the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2 DH) at the University of Luxembourg wants to offer all people living or working in Luxembourg the opportunity to share their experiences and preserve them for future generations.

Anyone can upload photos, videos or texts to this open and free platform. The centre wants to document and show how this pandemic has changed everyone's lives. How do we manage our family life with or without social distancing? How does teleworking change our professional lives? How do people and their environments cope with the disease? How does school function via digital education? What are our representations of pandemics and epidemics? How do we inform and educate ourselves? These are just some of the questions the C2 DH aims to explore by collecting the experiences of those living and working in Luxembourg, as well as people living in border areas.

The Centre is interested in all kinds of documents: posters, warnings or orders, emails, newspaper and magazine articles, shopping lists and reports, but also photos, drawings, voice messages, songs and videos, and chats or posts from social media. Everyone is invited to share documents on the platform. They will be part of a collection that will reflect the COVID-19 crisis in Luxembourg in all its dimensions