A Day at a Time

Featured story

A Day at a Time:

The everyday experience of time in the coronavirus pandemic

In 'A Day at a Time' we think through the lens of time to make sense of the experience of the pandemic

COVID-19 has changed time as we know it, in ways that are both prosaic and extraordinary. The temporal organisation and experience of everyday life and relationships have come into view for reflection, debate and the basis of new imagined futures. In informal exchanges, blogs, diaries, social media and journalism, people are grappling with what the temporal instability of the past months means for the present and the future. It is too soon to know whether the COVID-19 pandemic will come to be seen as an episode, event, shock, crisis, emergency, turning point, new epoch, ongoing experience of liminality – that sense of being ‘betwixt and between’ – all of these things or something else altogether. Far from a neutral or unproblematic backdrop then, time is key to how the pandemic has reconfigured everyday life, and in so doing has highlighted already existing differences and inequalities.

Our project, A Day at a Time, thinks through the lens of time to make sense of the experience of the pandemic, guided by our key research questions.

  1. How are people experiencing, making and remaking time?
  2. What roles are infrastructures, material objects, technologies and regulations playing in people’s changing experiences of time during the pandemic?
  3. What research methods best capture changing experiences, practices, and structures of time during the pandemic?