You are invited to our COVID-19 narratives research seminar on 19 October 2022.
- 8pm to 9:30pm, Melbourne Australia AEST
- 11am to 12:30pm, London
- 12pm to 1:30pm, Johannesburg
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Abstracts and Bios
Proportionality in public health ethics, fear and state of exception: a narrative ethics approach to lockdown in Italy in 2020
Dr Silvia Camporesi, King’s College London
This article focuses on lockdown in Italy in 2020 and proceeds as follows. I first provide a background on lockdown measures in Italy in 2020 and on the institutional framework for crisis management in Italy. I then outline the public health principles of proportionality and least infringement, before moving on to present the public perception and lived experiences of the ban on outdoor exercise in Italy in 2020. I then present a critical narrative ethics analysis of the Emilia-Romagna Governor Stefano Bonaccini’s decision to introduce the restriction on outdoor exercise. I conclude discussing the implications of specific narratives employed to frame the emergency for the mobilisation of types of expert knowledge to manage the crisis, for construction of cultural memory of the pandemic, and for its biopolitical legacy.
Dr Maria Vaccarella, University of Bristol
This presentation will explore creative writing responses to Covid19, more specifically fake Covid narratives on social media and established writers’ literary responses to Covid. I am interested in investigating to what extent these narratives contribute to and interrogate the presence of a globalized medical, as well as literary, community, while relying on an intricate web of transhistorical intertextual references.