Symposium - Society in Transition: Impacts of the Pandemic

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Society in Transition: Impacts of the Pandemic‘ is the focus topic of the DWIH in 2021. This interdisciplinary symposium on the topic will address how societies have responded to the pandemic, both shaping as well as being shaped by its many effects. It will discuss the fundamental questions the pandemic is raising at different levels of society, giving it specialist and international impetus. Lastly, it will provide insight into what is crucial for social cohesion.

The symposium is co-organized with the Supporter Organizations of the DWIH New Delhi.


Session 1: The Politics of (Mis)information -  Conspiracy Theories, Uncertain Knowledge and the Role of Media in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic


Prof. Dr. Sahana Udupa, Professor of Media Anthropology, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Dr. Fathima Nizaruddin, Professor, Jamia Millia Islamia


Session 2: Future of work and learning: Digital hype vs digital divide


Dr. Provita Kundu, Researcher, Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability

Prof. Dr. Hannes Zacher, Professor, Organizational Psychology, Leipzig University

Chair: Dr Katja Lasch, Director, German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi


Session 3: National responses to the pandemic and the changing world order


Dr. Rahul Mukherji , Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University

Dr. Tarun Jain, Associate Professor of Economics, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

Prof. Dr. Till Bärnighausen, Professor, Alexander von Humboldt University; Director, Heidelberg Institute of Global Health


Event Information

September 8, 2021, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Online | 08:30 - 13:30 CET
Organizer: DWIH New Delhi along with DWIH Supporter Organizations