Symposium - Society in Transition: Impacts of the Pandemic

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Event Information

September 8, 2021, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Online | 09:30 - 13:30 CET
Organizer: DWIH New Delhi

Welcome Address

13:00 – 13:20 IST | 09:30 – 09:50 CET

Speakers:

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

Dr. Matthias Kiesselbach, Director, German Research Foundation (DFG) India

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

13:20 – 14:00 IST | 09:50 – 10:30 CET

The onset of the current pandemic has seen an unprecedented rise in (mis)information fueled by rumors and conspiracy theories. This session will examine the ways in which various media play an active role in shaping the pandemic trajectories in India and Germany. It will also highlight policies and measures for health literacy.

Speakers:

Dr. Fathima Nizaruddin, Professor, Jamia Millia Islamia

Chair: Dr. Clara Iglesias Keller, Leibniz Institute for Media Research

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

14:00 – 15:30 IST | 10:30 – 12:00 CET

The pandemic has caused a paradigm shift on both the learning and work fronts, forcing everybody to go digital. But has the transition been smooth? This session will explore the challenges of remote working, distance learning and teaching. Experts from India and Germany will present their research on the psychological effects of working from home, new teaching methods in universities and the digital divide in schools.

Speakers:

Dr. Malte Persike, Scientific Director, Center for Teaching and Learning Services (CLS), RWTH Aachen University

Dr. Protiva 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

15:30 – 17:00 IST | 12:00 – 13:30 CET

The responses of countries to the pandemic range from imposing minimal coercive measures to imposing lockdowns and closing borders. The decisions seem driven as much by the political system, resources, and geography as by sheer coincidence. This session will highlight the commonalities and differences of the national responses from India and Germany. Experts will discuss the responses related to public health, governance, and economics. They will also address the question of how the crisis is reshuffling the regional and global power structures.

Speakers:

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

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

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

Chair: Prof. Gulshan Sachdeva, Chairperson, Centre for European Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University