Swiss Society for African Studies event on perspectives on the insecurities, discourses and strategies linked to pandemics and especially the current Covid-19 context in Africa.
What is a pandemic in African contexts? How does the everyday of citizens look like, what are their ideas and how was their day-to-day influenced by measures imposed from above? Or how is it to live in a place where Corona is denied officially or does not seem to exist? How are the impacts of these measures perceived in the grey zone be- tween discourses of epidemiological or political reason? What local and global dispari- ties does the pandemic narrative hide or in contrary bring to light? What strategies did people adopt to maintain their livelihoods and wellbeing despite the uncertainties surrounding the pandemic and how effective were they? How do citizens react to and cope with the security response by public authorities?
On the occasion of its General Assembly, the Swiss Society for African Studies invites you to a transdisciplinary event on these issues, providing a platform for diverse speak- ers presenting and discussing their perspectives on the insecurities, discourses and strategies linked to pandemics and especially the current Covid-19 context: A nurse in a large, state-run hospital in Burkina Faso or a researcher in an equally large uni- versity in Mozambique, NGO employees, a seamstress, workers at the World Health Organization WHO, and taxi drivers tell their stories of how they have experienced and manoeuvred Covid-19 at work and in their daily lives. They will present their views either in a series of short inputs in the first part or during a round table discussion at the end of the event. A detailed program will follow.
The event is planned in a hybrid format (both online and in presence) to allow col- leagues, partners, and stakeholders based in Africa to actively participate in the pres- entations, the round-table discussion and the plenary session.