The Faculty of Social Sciences organizes two panel discussions to open up the social scientific viewpoint to the debate concerning COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath. The discussions will take place at Think Corner on 16 and 17 June. You can join the events via Think Corner Live Stream. See below for more information.
EPISODE 1: Beyond United Europe: pandemic post-post-communism in Central Eastern, Southern and Northern countries
June 16, 11:15-12:45:
This discussion addresses the politics of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, with a special focus on the Eastern and Central European countries Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Italy, Finland, and Sweden. The WhiKnow research project has been studying social media during the European Parliament elections in 2019, and have since found themselves surrounded by different responses to the coronavirus. Shift responses to a spreading pandemic have meant not only closing down borders within Europe but also turning to old habits. Various official and popular responses cross-Europe are characteristic of some states’ historical legacies.
The discussion is divided into separate parts, where first, after an outline from the Nordic countries, the focus moves to Italy with Dario Quattromani (Rome III). Instead of seeing Italy as a homogeneous entity, it looks at regional responses to the COVID-19 crisis. The second part explores Central and Eastern European cases, with an emphasis on democratic legacy with researchers from the University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Social Sciences: Katinka Czigány (Hungary), Ilana Hartikainen (Czech Republic), and Laura Sibinescu (Romania). The last part returns to Italy and reflects on the future of a united Europe, and addresses questions from the audience.
The researchers are part of the Helsinki Hub on Emotions, Populism and Polarisation, and are affiliated to the Whirl of Knowledge: Cultural Populism and Polarisation in Europe (WhiKnow) project funded by the Academy of Finland, and the Now-Time Us-Space: Hegemonic Mobilisations in Central and Eastern Europe project funded by the Kone Foundation, both of which are led by Emilia Palonen, university lecturer in Political Science at the University of Helsinki. The discussion is moderated by Claire Gilray, an M.Soc.Sci student in European and Nordic Studies at the university and a research assistant to the team.
POSTPONED: The second episode of the webinar series will be postponed due to technical difficulties with our remote panelists. We will announce a new date when it's confirmed. Stay tuned for more info!
EPISODE 2: Beyond biomedicine: Global and historical perspectives to the politics of infectious diseases (Asia/Africa/historical finland)
The date will be announced later.
This event discusses the pandemic politics historically and globally in terms both the responses and conditions. The experts commenting COVID-19 from their interdisciplinary prespective are all senior researchers or academy fellows with their own projects from the Faculty of Social Sciences. They direct attention to the medicalisation, microbiology and structural conditions of pandemic responses. Dayabati Roy, contributing from her fieldwork in India discusses the medicalisation of India, Sakari Saaritsa takes a “development historical” approach from the cases that include Finland and Mozambique, while Salla Sariola discusses the human-microbial relationships, that include microbial resistance and fermentation, linked to the spreading of the COVID-19 disease.
Panel chair: Gutu Wayessa
A link to Think Corner live stream and other details will be added here later.
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