The global experience of the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed itself to not just be a public health crisis.
It has equally served to sharpen pre-existing socio-political and economic realities and made discriminatory practices, mechanisms of inequality and undemocratic trends that were present before even more severe under the shadow of the pandemic.
In this sense, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it ever more necessary for civil action and activism for remedying the political, economic and social challenges of the (post-)pandemic world.
Yet, the measures necessary for mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 virus also render traditional forms of leadership and social action unfeasible.
This panel therefore asks, what does action and collaboration for social progress look like in the era of a pandemic? What kinds of creative strategies can foster collective action, social innovation and social change, despite the practical challenges of organising during a public health crisis? And to what extent can the creative forms of activism devised during the COVID-19 pandemic be of use in the post-pandemic era?
Moderator is Somdeep Sen.
Curated by Roskilde University