Event

Sep 22, 2020
Covid-19 in the Rearview Mirror? Pandemics and Historical Perspective

How have research questions and practices changed since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic? This roundtable discussion looks back at the tumultuous year that has passed thus far. Panelists will reflect upon methodological changes for their work as a result of the outbreak and since they produced their videos for the MPIWG’s “History of Science ON CALL” project in 2020.

Panelists:

  • Harry Yi-Jui Wu (Hong Kong University)
  • Edna Bonhomme (MPIWG)
  • Anna Elsner (University of Zurich)

Moderated by Lisa Onaga (MPIWG)

No prior reading or preparation is required for this event series, but we do invite everyone to take a look at the History of Science ON CALL videos. There will be ample time for discussion with the audience.

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Contact and Registration

This event will take place online: the meeting link will be sent to Institute members via MPIWG-Announce the day before the event. For further information about the series, please contact Lisa Onaga and/or Stephanie Hood.

A limited number of places are available to external participants—please email public@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de by September 20, 2020 to register.

About This Series

The Institute’s Colloquium occurs once per month during the academic year. No prior reading or preparation is required for this event series.

Crisis and Capacity: Perspectives in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Several months have passed since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. People have experienced the effects of the virus’ rapid global spread: the politicization of medicine, worldwide shortages of and bidding wars for protective equipment, disputes and uneven public health messaging about prevention and treatments, disproportionate distributions of health risks in populations, and mass mortality. While many issues related to the Covid-19 outbreak are dealt with by scientists and health practitioners—such as the search for treatments and cures—other concerns command the expertise of scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

During the pandemic, the History of Science ON CALL project at the MPIWG has therefore striven to amplify voices from disciplines such as history, sociology, literature, and anthropology, which provide crucial capacity and perspective for scholarly and public understanding. The project has required us to pay close attention to the developing discourse in the international academic community during the pandemic. This has exposed an opportunity to proactively facilitate a conversation in Europe—and particularly in Germany—that articulates the critical role of the humanities and social sciences in times of crisis.

The Institute’s Colloquium 2020/21 will therefore comprise a program that facilitates conversations around how humanities and social sciences scholars might deliberately or inadvertently form a long view of critical contemporary issues. The series has two key aims:

  1. Normalize reflexive intellectual discussions about challenging topics about inequalities such as race or gender, with a particular focus on fostering positive local impact
  2. Connect to other dialogues within and beyond Berlin about plural histories and sociologies of chronic and acute crises

Ultimately, the program seeks to bring to the fore various insights into local, regional, and international cooperation and academic work prompted by Covid-19.

2020-09-22T14:00:00SAVE IN I-CAL 2020-09-22 14:00:00 2020-09-22 15:30:00 Covid-19 in the Rearview Mirror? Pandemics and Historical Perspective How have research questions and practices changed since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic? This roundtable discussion looks back at the tumultuous year that has passed thus far. Panelists will reflect upon methodological changes for their work as a result of the outbreak and since they produced their videos for the MPIWG’s “History of Science ON CALL” project in 2020. Panelists: Harry Yi-Jui Wu (Hong Kong University) Edna Bonhomme (MPIWG) Anna Elsner (University of Zurich) Moderated by Lisa Onaga (MPIWG) No prior reading or preparation is required for this event series, but we do invite everyone to take a look at the History of Science ON CALL videos. There will be ample time for discussion with the audience. Lisa OnagaStephanie Hood Lisa OnagaStephanie Hood Europe/Berlin public