For this Special Issue we invite you to write a brief (about 300-500 words) pandemic ‘diary’:
- How did your teaching, research and life change during these turbulent times?
- What are your thoughts about the prospects of online teaching and home office?
- What are your reflections on the functioning of society and its institutions in your countries during the pandemic?
Share your short pandemic diaries with us, so that we can collect them in this Special Issue and bring closer the situation of academics across the globe.
Also, we invite you to send us information about your new publications, grants, awards, past and upcoming conferences, seminars and workshops.
We are also eager to publish your book reviews and interviews with scholars from the field of social transformations and sociology of development.
The deadline to send your content is Monday, June 15, 2020, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to your contributions!
Ilona Wysmulek and
on behalf of the RC09 Editorial Team
Written by Ulrike Schuerkens.
Let’s say: I’m not a doctor, but a university professor who is also interested in the socio-anthropology of health. I have been observing for weeks the development of COVID-19 around the world and particularly in Africa where the ManaGlobal project that I coordinate is taking place.
What I have noticed are border closures in the South and North which have prevented a certain number of contaminations triggered by travelers, especially in the countries of the South. Rapid political reactions in Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana and Morocco (where the ManaGlobal project is taking place), which I believe have largely prevented the spread of the disease. The treatments adopted, influenced by the proposals of the university professor and director of the Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire Méditerranée Infection in Marseille, Didier Raoult, have helped to keep the number of deaths relatively low compared to the many deaths in Western countries. Senegal and also Morocco have adopted the protocol suggested by this controversial doctor in France where his treatment is only allowed for serious cases in hospitals. These serious cases show in the West certain common characteristics: advanced age beyond 65 years or even more, co-morbidities such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular problems etc.
However, the populations in the four countries where the ManaGlobal project is taking place are characterized by their youth and thus often healthier – despite poverty – than the serious cases in the West with high morbidity rates. The research found that children and adolescents are affected by relatively few cases of COVID 19 or – in case of contamination – they develop benign forms. Can it be concluded that the pandemic will instead have severe effects and high mortality rates in Western countries with different consumption patterns from those in the South and organisms exposed to very different food? The health effects of the pandemic in the South should certainly not be underestimated but the exposure to other pandemics such as malaria appears to protect African populations. Moreover, it seems to me that the limited rate of COVID-19 cases in China – although they are certainly underestimated for political reasons – gives a small glimmer of hope for the health consequences in the South, at least in Africa. The good choices made by doctors in several African countries in the face of the pandemic are compounded by the fact that the drugs proposed by Professor D. Raoult can be administered without the side effects expected in severely affected elderly patients in the West. Moreover, these are the medicines available in Africa (Sanofi Maroc) and known to the populations.
There remain the socio-economic consequences in countries characterized by populations often working in precarious and informal conditions. International and regional solidarity is beginning to be activated in the face of this situation, which exposes populations to famine and subsequently to hunger revolts that will not be long in coming if governments do not react. Confinement has not been applied in Cameroon but in Morocco; in Senegal, a curfew reigns at night in the face of populations who work during the day to meet their immediate needs. Wearing masks has been demanded in Cameroon, Morocco and Senegal and is being suggested in Ghana.
In conclusion, I would say that there is hope in the face of the health consequences of the pandemic in the countries of the South, at least in Africa. The socio-economic consequences are likely to be enormous in the face of countries of the North whose economies are at a standstill and whose importance for the socio-economic systems of African countries is well known.
ISA Executive Committee decided to postpone the IV ISA Forum of Sociology until February 23-27, 2021. Registration deadline for presenters has been extended to December 15, 2020.
Message from the ISA President Prof. Sari Hanafi:
“We cannot stress enough that you are all in our thoughts in this extraordinary period – across so many domains of crisis. Please stay safe and care for your families and friends so that we all make it through in good health and strong of spirit.”
President, International Sociological Association
Professor of Sociology, American University of Beirut
We sincerely thank everyone who contributed to this issue!
There is an open call for paper proposal to the international workshop “Institutional Transformations of Economy and Polity in Post-Communist States, 1990-2020 – Taking Stock, Looking Ahead“, which will be held in 15-19 June 2020 in Tbilisi State University, Georgia.
The workshop is co-organized by the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany and Tbilisi State University, Georgia. It is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which covers travel and accommodation costs for all invited participants.
Deadline for submission of abstracts (500 words): 15 March 2020.
The workshop “Institutional Transformations of Economy and Polity in Post-Communist States, 1990-2020: Taking Stock, Looking Ahead” puts a particular emphasis on experiences and challenges in the South Caucasus, yet of course also Russia, Ukraine and other former Soviet states are to be discussed. The workshop is set to discuss both theoretical and empirical studies on the following topics:
• The institutional evolution of the varieties and types of post-communist economies and polities, involving their interdependent relationship.
• The marketization of post-communist economies, involving the role of rules, norms and values as well as social structures in the evolution of firms, industries, and markets.
• The democratization of post-communist polities, involving populist and authoritarian tendencies as well as the interplay of formal and informal governance mechanisms.
To explore these issues, the workshop draws on an interdisciplinary perspective on institutional analyses from all fields of the social sciences and beyond, involving sociology, political science, economics, business, history, anthropology, and geography, among others.
You can find more information about the workshop here.
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The Association Tiers-Monde (ATM) organizes the ATM Rennes 2020 event: the XXXVIth Day of Development of the Association Tiers-Monde “Growth, development and inequalities: An Increasingly Unequal Development?”, which will be held in the University Rennes 2 on 27-29 May, 2020.
Organizers propose seven diverse Workshops with various sub-themes, on:
A. International inequalities and growing differentiation of trajectories in Developing countries
B. Inequalities and internal divergences
C. Definitions, measures and dimensions of the inequalities
E. Inequalities and national economic policy
F. Inequalities and sustainable development policies
G. Inequalities, multilateral frameworks for aids and decentralized cooperation
The call for contributions – max. two page abstracts which may deal with theoretical, empirical or methodological aspects and can be written in French, English or Spanish – is open till October 6, 2019.
You may download the full list of the workshops, their sub-themes and application procedure here.
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