What we want to do
We want to join forces with everybody who is interested in how the pandemic
is changing our ways of communicating and interacting – to share reflections,
observations, fears and good practices – and to try together to envisage where
these can lead us in the future.
We want to reflect on and assess these changes, to start thinking about the
implications for the future. By mapping what we gain and what we lose in the
way we communicate and interact with others, we can trace the opportunities and possibilities as well as the dangers and threats, to try to share and promote good practices and policies, to minimize risks for the future of social
interactions, and design new and better futures.
This forum is a very good idea. There is a lot of funding for research on Covid-19, but this risks turning our understanding of what’s happening into a competition, simply revitalising the dysfunctional regimes of knowledge production that the virus has interrupted. Sharing insights on a forum like this is also going to help in our teaching – we’re now going to be faced with students who want to understand (and start to work out for themselves) what it all means for their everyday communicative practice, and a site like this can be very helpful.