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There are quite a few of us who remember the time when email, mobile phones and social media did not exist yet – which is not even that long ago. But at the same time we can hardly remember what it was like, as these tools have become such an obvious and almost imperative part of our daily lives.

If they would suddenly disappear, I think a huge amount of bandwidth – to use the telecom jargon – would become available in my head. Just imagine all that I would be able to do.

I gladly volunteer for this ‘what if’ experiment, which I will carry out between 14 July and 15 August. My research location will be the Spanish Pyrenees, followed by the French Cévennes. I expect to suffer from serious withdrawal symptoms and promise to report on this self-chosen communication isolation on my return.

See you then and enjoy your own holidays.

Anne cutout