Silvia Hirsch: "The impact of the pandemic in low-income neighborhoods of Argentina: a collaborative and virtual ethnography of structural inequality"

The Departmental Seminar Series features Dr. Silvia Hirsch, of the Institute of Social Sciences at the National University of St. Martin.

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This seminar will be a hybrid seminar where you can participate in person or via Zoom. Join Zoom Meeting.


In 2020 a month after the lockdown was declared by the Argentine government, the first cases of COVID-19 were detected in a highly over populated,  low-income neighborhood. The virus rapidly spread under conditions of unmet needs in housing, access to water and sanitation. Similarly, in an urbanized indigenous neighborhood in the northeast of the country, the pandemic had devastating effects.

The arrival of COVID-19 visibilized structural inequality as well as racism, ethnic stigmatization and class discrimination. This talk will address these issues, as well as how the population responded to the lockdown and the presence of the virus. I conducted remote fieldwork with the assistance of local field assistants. The talk will also discuss the ways in which fieldwork is carried out by resorting to virtual and collaborative ethnography.

Published Aug. 12, 2021 10:29 PM - Last modified Sep. 13, 2021 9:23 AM