Thursday, November 19th, 2020 – Thursday, November 26th, 2020 Resilience and Disaster: The Global South During COVID-19

Thursday, November 19, 20203:00PM - 6:00PMExternal Event, Online Event
Monday, November 23, 20203:00PM - 6:00PMExternal Event, Online Event
Thursday, November 26, 202010:00AM - 1:00PMExternal Event, Online Event


Re: Locations Symposium 2020

COVID-19 is a public health crisis occurring on a global scale. It has caused widespread suffering and disruption, and in the process, it has exacerbated existing inequalities; strengthened networks of solidarity; birthed new crises; devastated economies, altered politics at local, national, and international levels; and, more. In these ways, the virus is a disaster that has given rise to complex and uncertain transformations, but it has also led to a great display of resiliency, with different states, communities, and individuals adapting to and resisting this disaster. The global spread has laid bare the need for critical engagement with cross-disciplinary, cross-national, and cross-cultural dialogues.


November 19: Migration, Care Work, and Solidarity

2:50 PM- 3:00 PM Co-Chairs Introduction

3:00 PM | Keynote Address: Dr. Tungohan

COVID-19, Immigration, & Care Work: Thinking Through the Implications of COVID-19 on the Lives of Asian Migrants

3:45 – 5:45 PM | Panel 1

John Paul Catungal | Mediating Contagion: Asian International Students in Canada during COVID

Md. Zarif Rahman, Saifuddin Ahmed & Mahabuba Islam Meem | Fatalistic Views and Its Impact on Combating COVID-19: Bangladesh Context

Joy Saade | The Beirut Explosion and Covid-19: Crisis relief and community reactions during Lebanon’s collapse

Yuriko Cowper-Smith, Dr. Yvonne Smith & Tyler Valiquette | Displaced and in the dark: Protecting LGBTQI+ asylum-seekers during a pandemic


November 23 | Media, Security, and Communications

2:50 PM- 3:00 PM Co-Chairs Introduction

3:00 PM | Keynote Address: Dr. Ong

3:45 – 5:25 PM | Panel 2

Gabrielle Lim, Irene Poetranto & Justin Law | Securitizing COVID-19 in the Philippines: Outcomes and Risks

Anmol Dutta | Coro(Na)tional Solidarity Amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic in India

Richard Atimniraye Nyelade | The Racial and Olfactory Origin of Social Distancing

Isurika Sevwandi | COVID-19 Disaster Prevention Mechanism undertaken by Sri Lanka: SWOT Analysis


November 26: Public Health and the Global South

9:50 PM- 10:00 AM Co-Chairs Introduction

10:00 AM | Keynote Address: Dr. Lasco

Medical Populism in the Global South

11:14AM – 12:15PM | Panel 3

Ritapriya Nandy | India during Pandemic: The Curious Case of Witch-hunting

Faizan Malik | Covid-19, Necropolitics, and Marginalized Experiences During a Global Pandemic

Mufassir Rashid | ‘Corona Effect’ on South Asian Politics: Diminishing Geopolitics and the inception of Geo-economics

Adrian Khan | Migration and Social Isolation during the Global Pandemic: Uncertainty, advocacy, and resilience



Dr. Ethel Tungohan
Canada Research Chair in Canadian Migration Policy, Impacts and Activism; Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics, York University

Dr. ​Jonathan Corpus Ong
Associate Professor of Global Digital Media, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Dr. Gideon Lasco
Physician and medical anthropologist; Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of the Philippines Diliman; Research Fellow, Development Studies Program, Ateneo de Manila University

Main Sponsor

Asian Institute


Dr. David Chu Program in Asia Pacific Studies

Department of Anthropology

Department of Political Science

Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology

School of Cities, University of Toronto

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