Massive and microscopic: autoethnographic affects in the time of COVID

Anne Harris, Stacy Holman Jones

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This essay uses several of the prompts from the Massive::Microscopic experiment as a jumping off point for considering how affect theory and critical autoethnography offer us a framework for understanding, creating, and acting together in the time of COVID. Through stories of cloud-watching, mindfulness meditation, and other encounters with atmospheres and movements, we connect individual experiences of the pandemic to Buddhist understandings of a universal “we.” As a research practice committed to joining microscopic with macro lived experience, critical autoethnography offers a speculative method for collective reckoning with our infinitesimal selves in relation to the infinite of a pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)861-869
Number of pages9
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2021


  • affect
  • affect theory
  • Critical autoethnography
  • meditation
  • mental health

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