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SOAS Festival of Ideas

SOAS Transnational Dialogues on Covid-19: a virtual event focused on globalising various social aspects of the COVID 19 pandemic.


Date: 20 May 2020Time: 2:00 PM

Finishes: 20 May 2020Time: 5:30 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Virtual Event

SOAS Festival of Ideas

A Virtual Satellite Event Curated by the Centre for Gender Studies


From lockdowns, a looming economic recession, unemployment and the omnipresent aura of death, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the globe to a shared moment of pause. Unprecedented has been used as a frame for this moment, in part to suggest that we have not been here before in this way. However, scholars and activists at the forefront of critical humanities and social sciences argue that while the form is different - a novel virus - responses to this pandemic evoke similar tropes to economic and political events that have preceded it. From securitisation, heightened surveillance to the exacerbation of forms of violence sustained by our patriarchal societies. The structural inequalities catalysed by the neoliberal economic model are here for all to confront. These panels return to foundational questions about the state/society compact. Each panel advances a transnational dialogue about the meaning of COVID-19 pandemic.

Panel 1: Holistic protection and global crises

This panel explores feminist conceptualisations of holistic protection and funding ecosystems as frameworks to make meaning of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath on societies. How is patriarchy and its bedfellows racialised capitalism showing up in responses to COVID-19? What should we learn from feminist movements who have built collective care and holistic protection communities in response to HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Zika and other humanitarian events across the globe.

Awino okech (SOAS) in conversation with

  • Shereen Essof - JASS
  • Tatiana Cordero - UAF - LAC
  • Kellea Miller - AWID

Panel 2: States of the exception

What do the range of state responses to the Covid-19 pandemic reveal about their respective underlying social contracts? How has the pandemic interacted with ongoing social and political struggles? What political spaces has it closed down and perhaps also opened up?

Rahul Rao (SOAS) in conversation with

  • Vidya Krishnan, Health Journalist
  • Donna Patterson, Delaware State University


Note: this is an online virtual event and you will be sent a link to click on in order to connect on the day/time of event.

The panels will run concurrently

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Organiser: SOAS Centre for Gender Studies

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