The Arts through lockdown: our contribution in a time of crisis
Our academic departments are responding to the current pandemic in a number of creative and valuable ways – from wellbeing initiatives and home schooling materials, through to visor production and research into our changing perceptions of the media and government. Their collective efforts demonstrate the role of culture and the arts at times of national and global crisis. Explore the stories below…
Visors for the NHS
The Technical Team have loaned their 3D printing facilities to colleagues in Engineering and four of our technicians, Stuey Carroll, Matt Howarth, Lara Gerrard and Chris Weston have been producing components using our laser cutters, for surgical visors for use by NHS workers.
The School of Architecture has been collecting and documenting the domestic settings that have now been transformed into workspaces.
Digital COVID-19 Visualisations and Impact: Design Implications and Applications that Reduce the Concentration of Airborne Droplets and Aerosols
CAVA team Monika Koeck (Director/Editor) and Richard Koeck (Executive Producer) have been selected to provide an urgent response to intervene in the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Monika Koeck and Richard Koeck Win the 2020 Impact DOCS Award
Monika Koeck (Producer and Director, CineTecture) and Richard Koeck (Executive Producer, Director, CAVA) have won with their latest documentary film the prestigious Award of Merit from 2020 The Impact DOCS Awards Competition.
Report into Government and News Organisations responses to the pandemic
In the first in a series of factsheets for the UK COVID-19 news and information project, Dr Richard Fletcher, Dr Antonis Kalogeropoulos and Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen examine people’s attitudes towards how news organisations, government and other institutions are responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tokyo 2020: When the Games can't go on
Dr Beatriz Garcia discusses the impact of the postponement of the Olympic Games
COVID-19: Being alone together: developing fake news immunity
Dr Elena Musi is developing a project around the impact of misinformation in the time of COVID-19.
It’s on WhatsApp, so it must be true!’: Social media and news use as pathways to explain (mis)perceptions and behaviours about Covid-19
Drs Patrícia Rossini and Antonis Kalogeropoulos will investigate the extent to which support for preventive measures or holding misinformed beliefs about the pandemic are explained by citizens' news media and social media habits, political attitudes and trust in media and institutions.
Final year Communication and Media students create COVID-19 videos
Watch a playlist of videos about students' experiences of the COVID outbreak, planned and produced at short notice under lockdown.
Being Alone Together: Developing Fake News Immunity
This project is framed in the area of "crisis informatics", the study of how (mis)information about COVID-19 is generated and flows over media platforms. The main goal is that of reverse-engineering the manipulation of information providing citizens with the means to act as fact checkers.
Resources for Parents and Teachers
The Literature and Science Hub has made available a selection of creative writing resources for parents and teachers.
Rainbow On A Window: A Song for the NHS
Clive Newton is sharing his song 'Rainbow On A Window' to raise money for The Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen Hospitals Charity.
Resisting Dystopia: A Science Fiction reading list
Science Fiction Collections Librarian and University Teacher Phoenix Alexander has curated a selection of science fiction texts that will help you survive—and thrive in!—our dystopian present.
Writing for Wellbeing
‘Writing for Wellbeing’ is a free creative writing course designed for you to do while self-isolating or social distancing, and to help support the wellbeing of keyworkers in the battle against Covid-19.
Bernadette's #BikeSoloAH From Alder Hey to Paris 344km (equivalent)
Bernadette McBride is fundraising for Alder Hey Children's Charity COVID-19 Appeal. Click to read more and donate!
The Impact of Restricted Access to Arts & Culture
This study, led by Professor Josie Billington and Dr Katia Balabanova, will assess the impact on mental health of restricted access to arts and culture in a specific city region, and track, enable and enhance the value of innovation in arts provision in mitigating associated harms.
Culture Unconfined Festival
The University of Liverpool is launching Culture Unconfined – five days of drama, documentary, poetry, film and music to help people engage and stave off isolation as lockdown bites.
Lunchtime Concert Series
During the current COVID-19 restrictions lunchtime concerts are being delivered as online videos at the usual time - Wednesday, 1pm. The new Listen and Learn activity packs allow young people to join in the fun too!
Sing for Fun!
Join University of Liverpool Choral Director Louise Dickinson as she takes you through some simple warm ups, designed to relax and energise – then watch the second video to learn a simple song. Look out for more videos in the series, coming soon…
Catherine's Liverpool 50k Fundraiser for Claire House
Head of Department Catherine Tackley will be running 50km in 7 days to raise money for Claire House Children's Hospice.
The Love of Scrubs
PhD Music student Emma Reekie is involved in a project to make scrubs for the NHS
MUSIC.ME is a music recommendation system that that allows people to discover music that was popular in their youth in the country where they grew up. This project was created in with the aim of helping people with dementia, their families and caregivers to use music as a means to improve their well-being during the period of the COVID-19.
Green Tangerines keep the Music Alive
Current students and alumni of the Department of Music, Green Tangerines have been busy in lockdown recording concerts for our viewing pleasure!
Philosophical Disquisitions: How to Understand COVID-19
Katherine Furman joined John Danaher's influential podcast to discuss COVID-19
My lockdown time capsule
3rd year Philosophy and Business student Hannah Sayle creates a lockdown time capsule
Keeping Close to Home: Communities and Contagion
Katherine Furman writes about pandemics as stress tests for communities.
Colleagues from the Philosophy Department have launched a competition for young poets! Perfect if they're studying at home.
Putting COVID-19 in Its Place
Katherine Furman will join the panel at the Philosophy of Science Association webinar on locating the scientific, psychological and social aspects of the crisis.
Stories from A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner
Richard Gaskin has made freely downloadable audio files of literary readings - sure to provide comfort in isolated times.
In Conversation with Michael Hauskeller
When the life we used to take for granted suddenly comes to a halt, to be indefinitely suspended, it is time to reflect on the fundamental things in life. Michael Hauskeller has done that in a series of online conversations with colleagues from all over the world, on topics such as birth and death, good and evil, love and meaning, asking questions that we all, in one way or another, wrestle with, especially in times like this.
Michael Hauskeller is set to appear on BBC Radio 4's Moral Maze to discuss life, death and meaning. Listen here.
Why Covid dissidents need to be understood, not demonised
Dr Katherine Furman spoke to the Irish Times Unthinkable philosophy column about the need to understand Covid policy dissidents and vaccine refuseniks rather than demonise them.
Finding meaning in the face of Covid-19
Michael Hauskeller talks about what Covid-19 has taught us about living and dying well when the possibility of death and disease looms over us every day.