Can Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter pull our world beyond Polarization?
For years, polarization – a process of increasing ‘us-versus-them’ divisions in society – has been on the rise. All over the world, media and politics are marked by escalating groupthink, culture wars, and fake news. Enter Covid-19. How is the pandemic we are currently struggling with, influencing this already troublesome trend? It appears that some societies have become less polarized due to new-found trust in their leading institutions. In other nations, however, we seem to see a different process at work: leadership fails, conflicts multiply, and the political middle ground is quickly eroding. Recently, a third phenomenon has entered the equation: Black Lives Matter. The largest anti-racist protest movement of this century, after years of growing unrest, is demanding systemic change.
Central to this Webinar is the question: how do these three developments relate? Will Covid-19 fuel polarization even further, because of the existential anxiety and social strife it brought to so many lives? Is it a coincidence that Black Lives Matters resurged just now? Has Covid-19 revealed the essential flaws of some countries and the crucial strengths of others? Will the current health scare function as a wake-up call and will it put us on the road towards more healthy, inclusive societies with more wholesome political systems?
Utrecht University student interviewer:
- Merbel Slothouwer - The Netherlands
- Lin Tian - China
- Megan Pringle - South-Africa
- Stephanie Truskoswi - United States
- Sheniel Cameron - Suriname
- Caroline Portela - Brazil
- Sascha Brünig - Germany
- Mihail Mishev - Bulgaria
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