|A Study of Mediated Production of Individual Memories for the COVID-19 Pandemic --Targeting Witnesses of the 2020 Wuhan Closure
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|新冠疫情 the COVID-19 Pandemic 记忆 Memory 中介 Mediation 生产 Production
The content of memories about the COVID-19 Pandemic consisted mainly of event memories and emotional memories. From January 23 to April 8, 2020, Wuhan was closed to contain the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The closure of Wuhan was highly sudden, with the specificity of the large life contrasts and persistent state of repression experienced by those who lived it, and, during this period, the individual memory practices were unprecedentedly active. Therefore, this paper combines memory studies with perspectives of mediology, and examines how witnesses of the 2020 Wuhan closure engaged in the production of memories of the COVID-19 Pandemic from a mediatization perspective, how the shape of memories of the COVID-19 Pandemic changed as a result, and the impact of memory practices on individuals and society. The author conducted field research in Tangjiadun Street, Jianghan District, Wuhan City, from August 1 to September 5, 2022, and used observation and interviews to collect relevant information from those who experienced the closure of the city of Wuhan in 2020 and to analyze the above issues with the memorized texts of the interviewees and news media reports.
This paper first provides an overview of the picture of the witnesses’ memories of the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by a discussion of the mediated production of memories at two levels: the mediation and changes in the shape of the witnesses’ memories of the COVID-19 Pandemic, respectively. The mediation of the witnesses’ memories of the COVID-19 Pandemic is mediated and narrated: media include body, place, monument, and image; the discursive features of narrative as a tool for the witnesses’ memory of the COVID-19 Pandemic mainly include the construction of “otherness”, differences in perspective, shared imagery, and living. Meanwhile, with the intervention of digital technology, the witnesses’ memories of the COVID-19 Pandemic have shown a tendency of publicization, and digital media have become a field for the interaction between individual memories and collective memories: one is the shift from private to public production of memory; the other is the tendency of individual memory narratives to become collectivized, with some individual memories being constructed as collective memories. Finally, this paper explores the mediating role that memories of the COVID-19 Pandemic play in the repair and recreation of emotions and relationships of witnesses of the 2020 Wuhan closure.
This paper’s findings: first, the memory of the other and the media memory stimulate the traumatic experience of individuals, and the forgetting of memory, the externalization of memory, and the relational memory are important ways to repair the individual trauma; second, the collective trauma about the COVID-19 Pandemic is transformed into a collective reflection, and the writing of the epidemic memory has become the key to the reconstruction of Wuhan’s urban image; third, whether or not event memories and emotional experiences are connected is an important factor influencing changes in an individual’s interpersonal relationships; fourth, different pandemic imagery distinguishes different social groups, and the collective memories of Wuhan’s fight against the pandemic add new connotations to our national spirit and Wuhan’s urban spirit, and enhance collective identity. This paper provides a case study of memory production during a major public health event.
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|文学 - 新闻传播学 - 传播学
|梁思凡. 新冠疫情个体记忆的中介化生产研究 ——以2020年武汉封城亲历者为对象[D]. 兰州. 兰州大学,2023.
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