Web-Talk Series: Social impact of COVID-19, Indo-German Perspectives

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The COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be one of the greatest challenges that the modern world has ever faced. Its impact has been felt on all areas of life – personal and professional, social and political, economic and academic.

Since it is a global crisis, it requires a global response. Through this webinar series, DWIH New Delhi and its supporters seek to utilise Indo-German Synergies to understand the effects and responses to COVID-19.

Day 1: Authoritarianism and Democracy in Times of the Pandemic

The first web-talk in the series, organised by the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi and supported by University of Heidelberg, University of Goettingen and Freie Universität Berlin, will explore emerging issues such as: how far should public life be sacrificed to save actual lives? At what point does protection tip over into paternalism? Who defines the duration of a state of exception? Are there certain yardsticks of measuring the proportionality of governments´ restrictions on the rights of their citizens under exceptional conditions? What are the long-term consequences of the pandemic on the relationship between governments and their citizens? Do different forms of rule contribute to the spread or the containment of the pandemic?

This event addresses these questions by inviting experts from the fields of social sciences and humanities, including political science, sociology, history and related disciplines, to reflect on these timely issues and provide insights from their own work that might help us to gain a better understanding of the current developments.

Day 2: "What About Us?" - Migrant Labour Dilemma During The Pandemic

The recent COVID-19 pandemic is far more than a health crisis: it is fundamentally affecting societies and economies around the world while increasing inequalities and poverty levels. It is necessary to understand and assess how the pandemic has adversely affected vulnerable groups in particular.

The aim of this web-talk, organised by the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi and supported by University of Cologne, University of Goettingen, Bavarian-Indian Centre for Business and University Cooperation and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, is to explore: the socio-economic & sociological impacts of the ‘migrant crisis’; how India and Germany are reacting to the pandemic; and to find out policies proposed by the two countries to ensure rights of migrant workers and provide them with basic security.

Day 3: The Big Digitalization Rush - How Higher Education and Research Organizations in India and Germany respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Coronavirus pandemic has forced academic institutions around the world to find effective ways to continue their research and teaching activities. The aim of this web-talk, organised by the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New Delhi and supported by University of Cologne, RWTH Aachen University and Max Planck Gesellschaft, is to display different response strategies, from short-term solutions to long-term digitalization initiatives. It allows for a discussion of best practices and the generation of ideas towards well-functioning cooperation formats between Indian and German institutions.

Event Information

September 15 to 17, 2020

Online
Organizer: DWIH New Delhi