Syndemic Series

Generously supported by the Future of Canada project, the “Sydemic Series” is about Canada, Covid-19 and our post-pandemic future. The name is borrowed from a comment by Dr. Richard Horton of the Lancet, who suggested that the “pandemic” might be better thought of as a “syndemic,”  because in it so many different crises and problems are all combined in one daunting synthesis.

Coming to our Syndemic Series: Tithi Bhattacharya. Purdue University’s Dr. Tithi Bhattacharya, renowned feminist scholar and activist, will be visiting the Wilson Institute virtually on 1 December 2021 to discuss the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on India and its implications for all those engaged in the caring economy. A proponent of social reproduction theory, Dr. Bhattacharya is the co-author of the widely-distributed Feminism for the 99% (London and New York: Verso, 2019), now available in a score of languages. Join us on 1 December at 7 p.m. (Ontario time) for a lively exchange of views about the implications of the pandemic for all those in the caring community (predominantly women) who have been on the front ranks of the “indispensable” and “essential” workers during 2020 and 2021. If you’d like to catch up with earlier contributions to the series, check out Noam Chomsky’s contribution on 4 October 2021, “Rethinking the Civic Imagination and Manufactured Ignorance in the Post-Pandemic World,”

Tithi Bhattacharya. Purdue University’s Dr. Tithi Bhattacharya, and the seven earlier presenters—Laura Spinney, Mike Davis, Andreas Malm, André Picard, Pat Armstrong, Nicholas Christakis, and Chandrima Chakroborty, all available on this site under the “Syndemic Series” menu.

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