Date(s) - 30/04/2020
Todo el día
+ info: Elsevier
There are almost endless avenues of inquiry to be pursued as the ramifications of the pandemic become clearer. We are open to any topic that falls into the field of social science or humanities research, and we welcome all perspectives on these topics. As such, the following suggestions are intended only as prompts and should not be considered an exhaustive list:
- Fact checking, fake news, polarization, science mistrust in times of crisis, now and in the future, the role of social media during the pandemic;
- Leadership and responsibility: the relationship between politicians and scientists during a public health crisis, public trust in politicians; public health collaborations between states, within EU and WHO in a globalized world;
- Our ability to conduct democracy without full freedom of movement; changes to planned legislation; the impact of different governance systems on the curtailment of the virus;
- The recovery: economic, political, social, cultural, environmental. Will our world remain globalised, or will witness a return to greater localisation? How will politics change post-pandemic?
- The environmental impact of the pandemic: the clearing of smog in Beijing, the impact of reduced air travel, reduced pollution levels in many cities;
- Economic and business impacts: loss of revenues, employment, shrinking economies and loss of market confidence. Rescue packages, their effectiveness, and their impact on different sectors of the economy;
- Global responses: how does the response to the coronavirus pandemic differ from our response to other global health challenges, i.e. climate change?
- Linguistic and communication related considerations: the rapid collective adoption of new phrases, i.e. in the English language ‘social distancing’; the use of hashtags to drive behaviours i.e. #stayhomesavelives, #quedateencasa.
- Psychological considerations: individual and collective responses to the crisis: altruism, egoism, and everything in between; coping in self-isolation; technology’s role for facilitating communication during lockdowns and for distributing public health information: i.e. government distributed text messages, or Instagram’s ‘stay home’ feature.
- Education considerations: the impact of closed schools, cancelled exams, online teaching and assessments; establishing new best practices;
- Cultural considerations: the impact of the cancellation of many national cultural events, the likely postponement of the Olympics and the ramifications for all affiliated sporting bodies; the impact of closed museums, cinemas and public events of many kinds on our cultural lives and identities; the impact of cancelled conferences on ongoing academic discourse and knowledge exchange.