Dr Charlotte Veal’s (Newcastle University) headed an interdisciplinary team to conduct a research project entitled, ’Routes of infection, routes to safety: creative mapping of human-viral behaviours on the bus to understand infection prevention practices’.
The work brings together approaches from cultural geography, landscape studies, performance studies and microbiology.
The research is summarised below:
Public bus transport is a critical element of the economy and the green recovery post-Covid-19, and yet during the pandemic many have been deterred from taking the bus. For some periods, passenger capacity on the buses has been reduced to enable social distancing and mask-wearing has been mandated or encouraged. The interdisciplinary team brings together cultural geography, landscape studies, performance studies and microbiology to understand bus passenger, driver, and cleaner experiences of how the pandemic has changed their experiences of taking, driving, or cleaning the bus. The team are working with bus companies and bus passenger organisations with particular focus on the Somali community’s experience as drivers, cleaners and passengers. In this presentation the team reflects on early research findings from ethnographic research and semi-structured interviews, in combination with a microbiome study of the bus environment. Research findings will be framed around three emerging themes: sensing environment risk (breath, fresh air, ventilation, and the aerosol), cultures of public transport (bus communities, architecture, and cleaning) and pandemic governance (communication, media, compliance). The final section will discuss the team’s efforts to creatively communicate human-viral relations to bus passenger communities in the form of a series of 30 second videos. These aim to support good public hygiene practices to mitigate novel SARs-CoV-2 virus transmission (along with other less novel pathogens) via aerosol or touch-surfaces.
Event will take place on zoom between 6.30 and 8.00pm on Thursday 14th October.
To attend, sign up on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/pandemic-perspectives-32062593005 or just join us on the zoom link https://bham-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/85680637416?pwd=dkdzZjFPWU1LN2x2STFiM1BZY3N5QT09
The full seminar schedule can be found here: Seminar Series Calendar (2).pdf
Thursday 14th October 2021 6.30-8.00pm on zoom