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[5 July 2022] Joint Lecture Series Making Sense of the Post-Covid World: Continuities and Changes
The Pandemic as Disaster: African Perspectives Elisio Macamo (Universität Basel)
When is the pandemic a disaster? Lessons for Africa on how not to Copy the West
5 July 2022

It has become a truism to claim that there are no such things as natural disasters. This serves to remind that disasters are always a function of how a society appraises risks. A critical insight from the sociology of risk and disasters draws our attention to the epistemological implications of this truism. It consists of the idea that disasters are phenomena that count as something specific in a particular context. The purpose of my lecture will be to deploy this insight in the discussion of the conditions under which Covid-19 became a disaster in Africa. My claim is that it became a disaster because African governments defined it in European terms.

Jul 5, 2022 01:00 PM in Sao Paulo

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