INVITATION: Reflections on the Scientific and Social Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

  • DATE

    22 October

  • TIME

    9:00 - 12:00



The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Professor Tawana Kupe, and the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship (CAS) invite you to a two-day symposium, titled ‘Reflections on the Scientific and Social Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic’, set to take place on 22 and 23 October 2020.

SESSION ONE on 22 October 2020 will host Professor Howard Phillips (Historical Studies, University of Cape Town), Professor Peter Vale (CAS, University of Pretoria), Professor Veronique Tadjo (University of the Witwatersrand), and Professor Francis Nyamnjoh (Anthropology, University of Cape Town). The session will focus on the philosophical and anthropological implications of this pandemic, and historical perspectives on pandemics in South Africa.

SESSION TWO on 22 October 2020 will see contributions from Professor Teboho Moja (Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University and visiting research fellow at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship), Professor Lindiwe Sibanda (Director and Chair - Alliance for Research Universities in Africa (ARUA) Centre of Excellence, University of Pretoria), Professor Frans Swanepoel (CAS, University of Pretoria), and Professor John Sharp (CAS, University of Pretoria). The discussion will look at the social impact of the pandemic, specifically on food systems and food security, and social and economic disruptions.

THE FINAL SESSION, on 23 October 2020, will include Professor Glenda Gray (South African Medical Research Council), Professor Emil Roduner (Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Stuttgart and Department of Chemistry, University of Pretoria) and Professor Robin Crewe (CAS, University of Pretoria), who will discuss the place of scientific evidence in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To view the full programme, click here.

DAY 1: 22 October

TIME: Session 1: 09:00 – 12:00

Session 2: 14:00 – 16:30

DAY 2: 23 October

TIME: Session 3: 10:00 – 12:00

RSVP: Click here to RSVP before 20 October 2020

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