“There are many forms of separation that humans experience as we move through life. Over the last three years, we have all faced unexpected experiences of separation as nations, communities and individuals dealt with the global pandemic. All around the world, nations, communities and individuals are torn apart by war and forced displacement. However, such separation has encouraged – or even required – new forms of communication that in turn have shaped how separation has been experienced.
“Understanding separation helps us to analyse intensely human experiences of belonging and its opposites – isolation, loneliness and withdrawal. This is certainly not a new phenomenon, and we hope to uncover evidence that the way experiences of separation are communicated is grounded in particular social, cultural and political contexts through time.”
“In the 16th and 17th centuries, Europe and East Asia entered a period of increased mobility. Increased accessibility of both reading and writing in a range of scripts and languages, and literate cultures in East Asia and Europe, made forms of communication available to a wider population. It was a momentous cultural shift, but one which makes it possible for us to now study experiences of separation that took place up to 400 years ago.”
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