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CONTEMPORARY TALKS: Global Politics of the Covid-19 pandemic

The Institute of Contemporary History invites you to a book discussion with Professor Peter Baldwin and commentators Yohann Aucante, Anne Kaun and Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist about the global politics of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Covid-19 pandemic is the biggest public health and economic disaster of our time. It has posed the same threat across the globe, yet countries have responded differently and some have fared better than others. In his recently published book Fighting the First Wave. Why the Coronavirus Was Tackled So Differently Across the Globe (Cambridge University Press 2021) Peter Baldwin uncovers the reasons why and presents a comprehensive account of the global politics of the pandemic. He suggests that how nations responded depended above all on the political tools available – how firmly the authorities could order citizens’ lives and how willingly they were obeyed.

Author: Peter Baldwin

Peter Baldwin is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. His previous publications include Disease and Democracy: The Industrialized World Faces AIDS, Contagion and the State in Europe, 1830–1930, and his latest book, Command and Persuade: Crime, Law, and the State across History, is forthcoming in the fall of 2021.

Moderator: Norbert Götz

Norbert Götz is Professor at the Institute of Contemporary History, Södertörn University. His latest book is Humanitarianism in the Modern World: The Moral Economy of Famine Relief (Cambridge University Press, 2020, with G. Brewis and S. Werther).

Commentators: Yohann Aucante, Anne Kaun and Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist

Yohann Aucante is Researcher at the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS, Paris). His work deals with comparative social welfare institutions and policies, Nordic politics and social democracy. He is also joint Editor-in-Chief for the French journal of Nordic studies (Nordiques).

Anne Kaun is Professor in Media and Communication Studies at Södertörn University and currently leads the project Media, Information and Trust during the Pandemic that is part of the larger research consortium Countering COVID-19: A European Survey on Acceptability and Commitment to Preventive Measures.

Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist is Associate Professor both of History and of Physical Geography at Stockholm University and Pro Futura Scientia Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala. He is recently author of the book Corona: Ett historiskt perspektiv på vår tids pandemi.

No pre-registration is necessary.

The discussion is held in English.

The event is organized by the Institute of Contemporary History at Södertörn University within the series Contemporary Talks in cooperation with Södertörn University library

The seminar starts at 13:00 Central European Time (CET).

Online via Zoom länk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster

Meeting ID:  699 3845 4052

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