Emerging from the global syndemic crucible: Finding belonging in a post corona future

Le Anh Nguyen Long*, Sofia Triliva, Tine Davids, Eva Fragkiadaki

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The covid-19 global syndemic has upended societies worldwide and concomitantly united the world in a shared experience of lockdowns, social distancing, and economic upheaval. In the face of great uncertainty, dystopian realities, and binding government edicts, people's everyday lives, sense of agency, actions, and interactions changed forcibly. Importantly, it has disrupted many practices and routines essential for (re)constituting a sense of belonging, an important element of personhood and individual wellbeing. Using the “Letters from the Future” method, we investigate how individuals imagine and present themselves in the future to navigate this social change. We ask “How do letter writers construct a sense of belonging in a future of their own imagining?” To answer this question, we combine discourse- and text analysis with network analysis to examine 47 letters that Greek participants wrote during the Spring 2020 lockdown. We explore how individuals present and introduce their future self, what topos this self inhabits and what expressions, values, and practices they perform and negotiate as they reflect on and navigate their relational worlds. By and large, Greek letter writers recognize that inequities and injustices paved the way for the syndemic and express a pressing need for societal transformation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103034
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022


  • Belonging
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Letters
  • Narrative Futuring
  • Networks
  • Syndemic
  • UT-Hybrid-D


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