Over the past two years, countless opinions and advice articles have been written on the harmful effects of the COVID epidemic on the productivity and well-being of faculty members. So far, we all know that the epidemic has had an unequal impact on the faculty of color, especially women, who have been pushed to take on caretaker responsibilities – including wage jobs and household chores. Less attention has been paid, however, to the collaborative projects that faculty members have launched Time And Related Epidemics, how those projects were successful during such stress and what can be learned from them
A rewarding research collaboration নিউ one that has never been seen before গল্প emerges from their almost visceral need to connect and cure COVID-19 epidemics in New York City গল্প telling us the story of how two faculty members of color are. As members of two distinct minority communities — Anahi is an Argentine immigrant, and Vivian is the daughter of Chinese immigrants — we have witnessed disproportionate sickness and death rates affecting our respective ethnic groups, especially during the onset of the epidemic.
Barricaded at home, we first got to see ourselves through the annoyingly devastating COVID-19 news cycle for dear relatives and friends infected with the dreaded virus. The journey continued until last year when we caught up with how we can help older loved ones successfully cope with the city’s complex online vaccine scheduling process.
Despite what seemed like an epidemic of chaos, we soon realized that we could not allow COVID-19 to lead us to academic paralysis. Accordingly, we decided to turn our living experience into a research project. Here are some key lessons we learned along the way about how to build effective research partnerships in challenging times like epidemics — which will continue to apply even after we finally get out of it. Even when private meetings have begun on our respective campuses, the epidemic has taught us that virtual get-togethers are here to stay.
Make the most of virtual meeting platforms. We operate at New York City University, the largest urban public university in the country, a vast system of 25 commuter campuses with a vibrant and diverse body of scholars and students in a highly disconnected system. Despite the fact that we were both trained as sociologists and immigration comparators, we probably never met in person during pre-epidemic times.
We practically met in April 2020, just as the nation was descending from the first wave of its COVID-19 death. At the time, we were preparing to join a panel discussion at The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute in Hunter College, entitled The Discriminatory Impact of COVID-19, a faculty webinar to understand what had just happened.
Anahi’s presentation addressed New York City’s unauthorized Latinox population and their particular vulnerability to the epidemic, especially due to their lack of documentation and the structural conditions of racism they faced. Vivian focused on Asian Americans and their continued invisibility in the COVID-19 and epidemic discussions – sharpening the invisibility of Asian Americans to a deeper and more painful clarity about a year before the twin shootings in Atlanta and Indianapolis.
We quickly became aware of our shared research agenda and, following the webinar, decided to get together online to think about what interests us the most and what the issues are. We then created collaborative research projects that served us as effective counter-strategies for tackling the COVID-19 epidemic.
Write about your discipline এবং and what is important to you. We wanted to understand what happened during that important leadership of the epidemic and knew that we needed to find a meaningful research topic. By then, we were already painfully aware of the Kovid-19 stigma faced by Latinox immigrants and Asian groups in the United States and abroad. Not only did we share the fear of contagion (and death) that affected our communities, but we also lived with the pervasive threat of verbal and physical attacks – especially against Asians. So, we took our personal experiences as our launching pad to start writing about what’s happening locally and globally.
Follow the funneling procedure. During our initial zoom meeting, we cast a wide net of potential topics and gradually began to reduce themes related to globalized racism and the COVID-19 scandal. It coincided with our interest in deconstructing the wide-ranging controversy surrounding the COVID-19 scandal developed by national figures, including former President Trump and Brazilian President Zaire Bolsonaro. We conducted extensive literary searches and read frantically, then we discussed our findings on how media framing influenced public confidence in Asians and influenced Latinos registered as “vectors of the Covid-19 infection”. We read, wrote, emailed our literature reviews and summaries to each other and then we zoomed in to follow the results of our research.
Decide on a single issue and set clear deadlines. Given our mutual interest and training in speech and media analysis, we have focused our research on the then President Trump’s social media posts with his speeches and press releases. We ask ourselves: Did Trump’s speech resonate with the epidemic of hatred directed at Latinos and Asians in America? And if so, how did it happen? Once we had decided on our research goals and data collection strategies, we shared the tasks and set specific dates for submission to our individual sections. One week before each deadline, we will email reminders to each other and ask for help if we need it.
Find a publishing place. In the meantime, we’ve begun searching for calls for papers on COVID-19 research, hoping to frame our work in the current scholarly discussion in search of a quick-track review process. A 2021 special number Social science Inviting submissions on immigration and white supremacy in the twenty-first century has served to anchor our efforts. We sent a brief proposal to the guest editors, which was accepted, and our research partnership officially began shortly thereafter. It was so helpful to promise to submit our work on a particular issue that it forced us to stick to a schedule.
Finally, the results of our research on Trump’s social media conclusively highlight the role of white supremacy in stigmatizing minority groups. Our key findings emphasize that Trump’s “split, alienate, and conquer” communications strategy served as a rhetorical platform that deepened the deep political divide among American voters that further enhanced the broader public image of Asians and Latinos as Covid-19 carriers. . In time, our research partnership led us to a better understanding of the power of white supremacy in shaping public discourse on COVID-19 and, at the same time, to help us process our grief despite the continuing health crisis.
Over the past two years, we’ve suffered from intellectual paralysis, and this যুক্ত along with many of our jobs and family obligations মাঝে has at times, kept us away from scholarly writing. Yet, along the way, our research partnership has become a valuable anchor that keeps us responsible for engaging with the most important writing.
On a beautiful evening last summer, we met in person for the first time to celebrate the final publication of our paper. While having dinner at a heated outdoor patio, we joked about the fact that – ironically enough – an epidemic that painfully isolated people made it easier for us to be engaged in research. Recently, we met again in person for the second time, and now that we’ve finished writing this article, we’ve begun working on a new research collaboration and pencil on our next zoom date..