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SGPIA stands in solidarity with movements for racial justice taking place around the world.  Read more in the recent statement on our blog.

Pandemic Discourses aims to foster an interdisciplinary and global dialogue on the historical, social, and political dimensions of the pandemic. It will provide perspectives from different corners of the world, and especially the global South, bringing to the forefront variable and contested understandings of disease, expertise, and society.

The blog is a collaboration between the India China Institute and SGPIA at The New School, and is co-edited by Sakiko Fukuda-ParrManjari Mahajan, and Mark W. Frazier.  Read more about Pandemic Discourses below.

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As part of SGPIA's ongoing response to COVID-19, we're excited to partner with the India China Institute at The New School on a series of blog entries focused on the historical, social, and political dimensions of the pandemic.

In Pandemic Discourses: An Introduction, SGPIA Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, SGPIA Professor and Co-Director of the India China Institute Manjari Mahajan, and Professor of Politics and India China Institute Co-Director Mark W. Frazier, lay the series' groundwork for moving beyond the US/Euro-centric, frequently inward-looking and isolationist frameworks that are being used to describe and respond to the pandemic, aiming to foster a more expansive dialogue that encompasses voices from the global South, including China, India, and beyond.

Carlos Lopes, honorary professor in the Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town, asks if the current pandemic will provide an opportunity for the shifts in the conversation around international affairs on the African continent that African leaders and intellectuals have been calling for in Can a Virus Accelerate Change in Africa?

Noting that each of us are the soldiers in the fight on COVID-19 as well as the enemy base, Biao Xiang, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford, examines the pandemic from the perspective of collective mobility in Hostages of Mobility.

Reflecting on the political stress and authoritarianism still arising due to last global financial crisis and the ensuing threats to multilateralism, former President of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and former Minister of External Relations of Brazil Celso Amorim express the need for a new multilateral order in The Pandemic and the Challenges of the Multipolar Order: A View from the South.

Drawing connections between the use of war rhetoric by governments in describing their response to COVID-19 and these same governments' inability to deal with the pandemic, SGPIA Professor Nina Khrushcheva argues that Propaganda Wars, in Russia and Elsewhere, Do Not Win a COVID-19 Battle.

As governments turn to economic interventions that were inconceivable to consider before the pandemic began, Zhiyuan Cui, Professor at the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University, asks Will "Pandemic Socialism Become the New Normal?

For future entries to Pandemic Discourses, visit the blog page, or watch for updates in upcoming editions of the SGPIA newsletter!

 
Professor Sean Jacobs and our colleagues at Africa is a Country have welcomed their inaugural class of Africa is a Country Fellows.  The purpose of the Africa is a Country Fellowship to support the production of original work and new knowledge on Africa-related topics that are under-recognized and under-covered in traditional media, new media, and other public forums. It particularly seeks to amplify voices and perspectives from the left that address the major political, social, and economic issues affecting Africans in ways that are original, accessible, and engaging to a variety of audiences.  Welcome, new SGPIA community members!
Our partners at Equity for Children held an event on Children and Poverty in the Era of Covid-19: How Remote Learning Exacerbates Inequality in New York City.
During spring 2020, SGPIA partnered with Parsons School of Design Seniors Aziza Rozi and Anamika Ananth, as well as SGPIA alum Corby Johnson, for an event on State Suppression and Identity Politics: India, China and the Rise of Contemporary Segregationism that was made available online this week.
For the second webinar in the ongoing Global Pandemics in an Unequal World series, SGPIA Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr moderated a panel on Global Access to Vaccines: The Politics of Negotiations and the Global South.
Registration is available now for the third webinar in the Global Pandemics in an Unequal World series, Will Digital Technologies Save Us from the Pandemic?, on Thursday, June 25 from 10:00-11:00 AM EST/16:00 CET.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the expanded use of new digital technologies such as contact tracing apps and localization data used to model and monitor the pandemic. Their use by both authoritarian and democratic governments can invoke images of dystopian “Big Brother” digital surveillance - as well as utopian hopes the technology will help curb the pandemic and allow us to return to normal. Against this landscape, the panel will address key questions such as the following:

  • Will digital innovations introduced during the crisis lead to more digital surveillance post-pandemic?
  • Does their use advance the interests of private tech companies at the expense of the public interest?
  • Can benefits be equitably distributed?
  • Will these new technologies really help power us out of lockdowns? Or are they also a distraction from other, critical low-tech public health solutions?

The discussion will be moderated by Katerini Storeng, Associate Professor and Deputy Director of Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health, Centre for Development and Environment, University of Oslo. 

Presented by Julien J. Studley Program in International Affairs at the Schools of Public EngagementHealth Policy Watch, and Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health, University of Oslo.

The United Nations Association of the United States of America is now accepting applications for their Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program for Summer/Fall 2020; applications are due by July 6, 2020, and the first webinar will be held on July 8, 2020.

Applications are now open for Urban Design Institute Forum's 2020 Forefront Fellowship, Cooperative Works; RSVP to participate in the online information session on Tuesday, June 23 from 6:30 – 7:30pm by emailing rsvp@urbandesignforum.org, and applications are due on July 22, 2020.

The Grassroots Global Justice Alliance has an opening for a Director of Communications - Remote.

The Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy has issued a call for papers for their Annual Graduate Workshop Series.

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