A participatory research project

The lockdown phase we are currently living through is unprecedented. We want to create a participatory approach to documentation “on the spot” for those who want to contribute their lockdown experiences.

- The archives of tomorrow are written today -


- Questions to answer once a day regarding daily events

- A weekly summary to explain your experiences of lockdown and how it has changed - or not - your regular routines

We want to know, among other things, if you stay in your pyjamas, how you shop for groceries now, if you meet friends on skype…

Who can participate?

Every lockdown experience is different and everyone has an interesting story to tell. Our research objective is to collect various points of view. We are already hearing stories from well exposed public figures, journalists, writers... We also want to hear stories from  people from different social, cultural and geographical backgrounds across Europe, Africa, and the world.

Why ?

- To collect detailed information which may seem insignificant now and to increase awareness of the importance of these details in the analysis of human practices.

- To understand in a sociological and anthropological way, small or big changes in our day-to-day practices during lockdown. 

- Writing a lockdown journal allows participants to keep track of their own experiences and to write their own archives during this period. 

How ?

Current journal form can be downloaded below

- Week 7 > April 27 to May 3 2020

Previous weeks are available below:

 - Week 1 >  March 16 to March 22 - 2020
 - Week 2 >  March 23 to March 29 - 2020
- Week 3 > March 30 to April 5 - 2020
- Week 4 > April 6 to April 12 - 2020
- Week 5 > April 13 to April 19 - 2020
- Week 6 > April 20 to April 26- 2020

Writing experience is better using OpenOffice or MS Word. Start writing any week you feel comfortable with and send filled documents to : lockdownstories.project[at]gmail.com so that we can process your journal information. Confidentiality of all data is guaranteed.

Your e-mail address will never be crossed with your journal and will be deleted at the end of the study. After data analysis we will propose a research restitution to all participants.


This project is supported by:
- association Amades (Medical Anthropology applied to Development and Health) >> Website (in French) 
- ENTPE (School of Sustainable Civil Engineering, Transport and Urban planning) >> Website (in French) and LAET (Laboratory of Urban planning Economy and Transports)  >> Website (in French) 
- CEPED (Center of Population and Development), University of Paris >> Website (in French)

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