27. Social aspects of the Covid-19 crisis: Inequalities, Resiliences, and Knowledge Production

Marina Fontolan, Univ. of Campinas (Unicamp), Dept of Science and Tech Policy; Carla Ladeira Pimentel Aguas, University of Campinas - Unicamp; Soner Barthoma, Uppsala University; Leda Maria Caira Gitahy, University of Campinas - Unicamp; Mihai Varga, Freie Universit├Ąt;

The Covid-19 crisis had affected the entire world differently. World inequalities became more apparent than ever before. Even today, not all countries and regions of the world have reliable access to Covid-19 vaccines, medicines, masks, oxygen or even information. This panel aims at discussing the Covid-19 crisis from a Science and Technology Studies perspective: thinking about the mid and long term effects of this crisis from the most varied STS perspectives. We are looking for papers that discusses issues related (but certainly not limited) to: Drivers of inequalities and new forms of (de-)mobilizations: how the various dimensions of inequalities (gender, race, ethnicity, age, and migratory status) have been reinforced or challenged during the pandemic; How different communities built resilience strategies to survive through the study of grassroots solidarity movements and the mobilization of social groups and communities to generate social and political collective action; Governance and (De-)Mobilization: to analyze Covid-19 governance in different instances, exploring social, political and ethical consequences of these governance practices on social inequalities, political systems, people's rights, and freedoms across the globe; Social Media and the Covid-19 pandemic: the sources and promotion of dis and mis-information (as well as resistance discourses in form of public science and science disclosure endeavors) in social and mainstream media and to assess social media's empowering and repressive roles in the context of the pandemic.

Contact: fontolan_marina@yahoo.com.br, caguas@unicamp.br, soner.barthoma@crs.uu.se, leda@unicamp.br, mihai.varga@fu-berlin.de

Keywords: Social Movements and STS, Science Communication, Governance and Public Policy

Published: 04/07/2023