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Rethinking Democracy in an Age of Pandemic

Rethinking Democracy in an Age of Pandemic

As the world grapples to deal with the fallout from COVID-19, this special series of workshops will explore the impact of the pandemic on democracies worldwide. The workshops are organised by the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute in partnership with the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.

Over five workshops, we will consider whether the crisis is changing how we think about nations and borders. We will discuss the implications for the marginalised groups hit hardest and interrogate the role of inequality in this public health emergency. We will examine the implications of the new normal on the everyday, as billions of people worldwide adjust to living in some state of lockdown. Finally, with access to the conventional means of protest lost and the news media under potentially catastrophic economic pressures, we will ask if democracy can function without the public sphere.

The 90 minute workshops engaged international speakers and participants comprised of academics, journalists, authors, arts practitioners, civic society representatives, activists and policy makers.

The Behind the Headlines discussion 'Democracy in an Age of Pandemics' will kick off the five part series on Monday the 27th April at 19:30pm in Dublin, and provide a taster for the range of topics what will follow.

These conversations will build upon issues addressed in the free, online Crises of Democracy curriculum launched earlier this year. The curriculum, which includes videos, podcasts and readings, is the product of the Global Humanities Institute on the crises of democracy funded by the CHCI (Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes) and the A.W. Mellon Foundation. Both the Trinity Long Room Hub and the Heyman Centre were involved in this project with partners from Brazil, India and Croatia.

See the Crises of Democracy Curriculum here.

Expore the series to date:

  • Behind the Headlines: Democracy in an Age of Pandemic│Listen here │Watch here
  • Nations and Borders │Listen here 
  • Marginalised Groups │Listen here│Watch here
  • Inequality │Listen here│Watch here
  • The Everyday │Listen here│Watch here
  • Democracy Without a Public Sphere│Listen here│Watch here


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