Pandemic Politics: Contested Expertise and Activist Perspectives

March 23, 2021
online (pre-recorded video)

with Gregg Gonsalves, Robin Celikates and Rahel Jaeggi

 

After living with COVID-19 for one year, it has become clear that between lockdowns and vaccination programs the pandemic has given rise to new political conflicts and cleavages. Against this background we ask: How can the vital importance of scientific expertise be defended without falling back into naïve assertions of scientific neutrality that have been problematized by feminist and other movements? What kinds of leftist and emancipatory perspectives can we oppose to those who deny, belittle or ignore the deadliness of the virus and the way it is exacerbated by socio-economic and political forms of domination and exclusion?  How can we rethink an emancipatory politics of care and public health that does not reproduce the normalizing and paternalist logics of the welfare state?

 

Gregg Gonsalves has been an AIDS activist for over 30 years. He is a global health activist, an epidemiologist, and assistant professor at Yale School of Public Health.

Pandemic Politics: Contested Expertise and Activist Perspectives