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Insights on COVID-19 in a Global Europe | Council for European Studies

May 27, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

This event is organized by the Council for European Studies. Visit their web event page for the most updated information and to register.

The first webinar of the inaugural CES Insights webinar series focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic. What explains the different responses countries have taken to the crisis? Why have we observed such different health outcomes? What can we expect in the near-term and medium-term futures? What questions and methods should we prioritize as Europeanists interested in investigating the pandemic?

CES Executive Committee Chair Erik Bleich will introduce the webinar. Former CES Executive Committee member and author of Political Sociology and the People’s Health Jason Beckfield will moderate a discussion featuring a multidisciplinary expert panel:

  • Sanjoy Bhattacharya is Director of the History Department’s Centre for Global Health Histories, Professor in the History of Medicine, a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator, and Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health Histories (based at the University of York). Sanjoy specializes in the health, medical, environmental, political and social history of nineteenth and twentieth century South Asia, as well as the history and contemporary workings of international and global health programs around the world.
  • Julia Lynch, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, studies the politics of inequality and social policy in the rich democracies, particularly the countries of western Europe. She also serves as expert advisor to the WHO’s European regional office. Her new book is Regimes of Inequality: The Political Economy of Health and Wealth, which provocatively argues that inequality persists because political leaders chose to frame the issue of inequality in ways that made it harder to solve.
  • Sangbum Shin is Professor of International Relations at Yonsei University, where he studies global health from an IR perspective. Three of his most recent articles are “Global Health and IR: A Bibliographical Essay,” “Infectious Disease Control in Northeast Asia: A Comparative Case Study of Disease Surveillance Systems in China, Japan, and Korea,” and “Health Diplomacy in Korea.”

The webinar will take the form of a moderated discussion, where panelists respond to questions from the moderator, each other, and the audience. Please join us for a lively conversation!


May 27, 2020
9:00 am - 10:00 am
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