# After Lockdown

Very Short Stories about Enduring a Global Pandemic

Call for Contributions

In response to requests we have received for additional time, we are pleased to extend the deadline until Sunday, August 2.

The Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece joins the Tunisia Office of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University in collecting oral testimonials from around the world about how it looks, sounds and feels to be living and coping through the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. We invite those who wish to participate to share a short recording (less than 2:30 minutes in length) in which they recount their experience undergoing the peculiar circumstances that the pandemic has imposed on them.

Selected stories will be assembled into a curated podcast and premiered as part of an online event organized under the aegis of Harvard University’s Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs to celebrate Harvard’s tight connections with the world at a time when borders between countries have become more difficult to cross than they were in the past.

To send your stories, follow this link.

Please read the following instructions and submit your recording before August 2, 2020, Midnight Eastern Time. Should you have any questions please direct them to ekatsarelis(at)chs.harvard.edu.

What kind of story can I tell?

This project is about collecting and presenting candid personal short stories about living through a pandemic told from any given place in the world. We seek testimonies encompassing levels of affect that cannot be found in news reports, for example. A story may simply be a description of the narrator’s everyday life. It may relate exceptional achievements or challenges, tell happy or sad events, convey emotions, impressions, moments of hope or despair, resilience or vulnerability. All forms of narratives are welcome as long as they are genuine. We are hoping that these contributions will be heard as an invitation to voyage through the narrator’s subjectivity and keep the bond strong with the distant places to which travel has become restricted or limited.

Who can participate?

Students, scholars, artists, writers and others are encouraged to participate, regardless of their age and affiliation. This call for contributions is open to all those who wish to tell their story and see it featured on a Harvard platform, along with other stories shared by others from within and outside the Harvard community in different places of the world.

How can I participate to this project?

Please send an audio recording that does not exceed 2:30 minutes in length as an audio file (e.g. mp3, wav, wma). Your story should be in English. Your audio track does not have to be professionally processed. Sound should be intelligible and the narration comprehensible. We encourage participants to keep the background sounds from their surrounding environment when they record their story. Narrators can choose to have their identity and/or personal information displayed on the final podcast or to keep it hidden and contribute anonymously.