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Life with COVID-19 and after COVID-19

〜Response from the viewpoint of the Humanities and Social Sciences〜


The Chuo University Research Promotion Office engages in industry-government-academia cooperation, the promotion of interdisciplinary research, and implementation and dissemination of results obtained through academic research into society. These activities are conducted mainly by research administrators (URAs). This time, URA team produced a special feature depicting the current situation that we are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic from the viewpoint of the humanities and social sciences researchers.

COVID-19 has drastically changed our lifestyles and influenced a wide range of fields including social norms, individual actions, news reports, regulations, laws, economy, and politics. Under these circumstances, researchers in the academic disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences are required to provide knowledge for society at large, to seek guidelines we can turn to when we face this "new normal" living with coronavirus.

The articles of this special feature describe various aspects of modern society which are inevitably bound to change rapidly due to COVID-19 and present a form of society for life with/after COVID-19 from the perspective of academic researchers in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences.

1. Tracing Apps, Privacy, and Protection of Personal Information

Ishii_prof.jpgKaori Ishii

Professor, Faculty of Global Informatics, Chuo University
Areas of Specialization: Information Law

2. Museums during the Pandemic

chuo0722prof.jpgSaki Yokoyama

Associate Professor, Faculty of Letters, Chuo University
Area of Specialization: Museum Studies

3. COVID-19 and the Psychology of Behavioral Change

chuo_0827_prof.jpgNanako Nakamura-Taira

Professor, Faculty of Letters, Chuo University
Areas of Specialization: Clinical Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, and Health Psychology