This page contains interviews with sensory experts on sight during the COVID19 pandemic. It also includes an evolving bibliography of news media and academic articles on the same topic.

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If you want to submit your own sensory experiences to the Pandemic Sensory Archive then you can do so here.

Expert interviews – Click below to listen to our chats with various sensory experts.

A/Prof Hassan Vally

School of Psychology & Public Health, LaTrobe University | 21/7/21

Associate Professor Hassan Vally is an applied communicable diseases epidemiologist and academic with over 25 years’ experience. He is an epidemiologist with expertise in the analysis and interpretation of health data, and in the understanding and critiquing of evidence in the health domain. He has background in a number of disciplines in addition to epidemiology and applied epidemiology, including molecular biology, virology and immunology. Dr Vally has been actively involved throughout the current pandemic, consulting for both the State and Federal Governments, and advising the public on COVID-19 epidemiology through extensive media engagement.

Ruth Cummins is an artist from Wagga Wagga, NSW who currently lives and works in Naarm, Melbourne. Working within the framework of textiles, painting and sculpture Ruth hybridizes objects of utility, sentimentality and the decorative. Ruth’s work uses humour and form to highlight and expose the absurdities of contemporary domestic life. You can explore Ruth’s work here.

Dr Elese Dowden is a writer, poet and independent academic living on unceded Boonwurrung country in Naarm. Elese is originally from Tāmaki Makaurau in Aotearoa, and founded the Australasian Posthumanities in 2020 as an interdisciplinary network of thinkers across timezones and travel bans. She is currently researching and writing on George Grey, settler colonial mythologies, poetics and affect. You can find out more about her work at

Eleri Mai Harris (she/her) is a cartoonist, journalist and Features Editor at The Nib. Her comics have been published online and in print in a bunch of places, including The Nib, Vox, McSweeney’s Illustoria, The ABC, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Education Union News Magazine, kuš!, Meanjin, Symbolia, and Taddle Creek. Her Nib comic serial ‘Reported Missing’ was shortlisted for the 2018 Center for Cartoon Studies & Slate Book Review Cartoonist Studio Prize and won Gold at the 2018 Australian Ledger Awards. Eleri’s work as a comics editor has garnered two Ignatz awards and a Harvey award, as well as multiple Eisner nominations. Eleri was proud to be co-director of the Comic Art Workshop when the team received a 2020 Platinum Ledger for outstanding contributions to Australian comics. She hails from lutruwita/Tasmania and works in Naarm/Melbourne on the lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation.

You can read The Nib here and catch their collaboration with The Reveal about inequality in pandemic times here.

Key articles – Collating expertise and key links on sight during the pandemic.



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