Ethical Perspectives on the Social and Economic Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic
An Online Workshop @ Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg
Dates: 16 & 17 March 2021, 2pm-6pm (Central European Time)
Submission deadline: 1 November 2020
Call for Papers
The COVID 19 pandemic is mainly perceived as a health problem, but it also has severe social consequences. The aim of this workshop is to discuss the social consequences of the pandemic and the counter measures to contain it, in particular for poor and vulnerable populations. People in poverty are impacted more severely by the pandemic than more affluent groups; they have fewer resources to isolate themselves and isolation is more burdensome for them. For example, homeless people face the problem of either staying on the street or moving into shelters where they have to stay together in a confined space. People who are in need of psychosocial support have difficulty getting it during the contact restrictions. People who had little money before the pandemic have even less now. Children from disadvantaged families have greater difficulty with distance learning and lose important social contacts when schools, clubs and other institutions are closed. Women and children, who become victims of the increasing intra-family violence have even fewer opportunities to find help from outside. In addition, millions of people have lost their jobs or have gone bankrupt as a result of the pandemic and the containment measures. They experience stress and anxieties about the future.
The aim of this workshop is to analyse these phenomena from the perspective of justice and ethics and to explore newly created or amplified vulnerabilities and disadvantages. This research is fraught with several difficulties. Firstly, it is not possible to predict how the pandemic will develop. This applies both to developments within specific countries and globally. Secondly, it is not yet possible to predict precisely the long term social and economic consequences. It is also unclear how the political response will look like in different countries and what effects it will have. Thirdly, the data available on the social consequences of the pandemic is still thin and it will be a while before the first substantiated studies are published. These uncertainties and epistemic limits must be dealt with and taken seriously. Still, we believe it is necessary and feasible to explore the social consequences of the pandemic as early as possible and to discuss policies, which can help to alleviate them.
If you are interested to present your paper at this workshop, please send an abstract of about 500 words to Gottfried Schweiger, Gottfried.email@example.com.
The workshop will be held online only using WebEx. This will be a paper-based workshop and participants are asked to send their draft papers one week before the workshop. Draft papers should be between 4 and 6 thousand words, including references. Talks should not be longer than 20 minutes followed by 25 minutes q&a. It is planned to publish the papers of this workshop in a peer reviewed volume.