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Institute's Colloquium

2020–21

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Organizers

Stephanie Hood

Lisa Onaga

Institute's Colloquium 2020/2021

Crisis and Capacity: Perspectives in the Humanities and Social Sciences

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.

Developing from the MPIWG's History of Science ON CALL video project, the Institute’s Colloquium 2020/21 therefore facilitates conversations around how humanities and social sciences scholars might deliberately or inadvertently form a long view of critical contemporary issues, aiming to:

  1. Normalize reflexive intellectual discussions about challenging topics about inequalities such as race or gender
  2. Connect to other dialogues within and beyond Berlin about plural histories and sociologies of 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

Covid-19 in the Rearview Mirror? Pandemics and Historical Perspective

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What Does Race Have to Do with the History of Science?

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Gendered Knowledges in Times of Crisis

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Historicizing Ableism and Ageism

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2021

Environments and Ecologies of Transmission

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Pandemic Polities: Science Governance in Democratic and Authoritarian Regimes

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Pulse Check: Public Communication and Trust in Science

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Know "Thy" Experience

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