Monday, 6 July 2020, 14.00-17.00 (Jakarta; GMT +7) via Zoom.
Webinar notes: here.
Coronaviruses have existed in this earth long before SARS, MERS, SADS, and Covid-19 emerge (Cui, Li & Shin, 2019). They are viruses causing respiratory and intestinal infection to animals and humans. In an article published in early 2019, a group of researchers identifies contributing factors of virus outbreaks in the 21st century which include rapid population growth, increased frequency and range of human travel, large-scale land use change, changing diet, war and humanitarian crisis, and climate change (Grubaugh et al., 2019). They suggest human’s contribution to the intensifying interactions between viruses, biological hosts and the environments.
On the other hand, we have seen how methods and protocols to control the spreading of disease and human populations have triggered various ecological risks. Indonesia, like many other countries, has yet to consider medical and any other wastes from this process. Some protocols of so-called “new normal” are addressing more on economic recovery and less on ecological concerns in Indonesia, which represents how waste management in the country has been done all this time (see Schlehe & Yulianto, 2019).
Our Webinar will address the dynamics of human-nature relations in the age of Covid-19, with concern on Indonesia as site of observation. Our approach goes beyond deterministic, one-way direction of human-nature relation in order to open further discussions about ecological communication and environmental concerns on how we deal with this ongoing pandemic. Particularly, we would like to address certain cultural strategies of how society has been “living in harmony” with hazardous environments (Schlehe 1999, 2009, 2011). We would like to emphasize that any efforts to control the disease and human populations should also take ecological and ethical considerations instead of only taking all protocols from WHO for granted to every locality with diverse social and cultural contexts.
“Pestilence in the Age of Industrial-Urbanism: Medicalization of Social-Ecological Breakdown or Radical Departure from Extractivism?” by Hendro Sangkoyo (School of Democratic Economics, Indonesia)
“Planetary Health in a Post-Pandemic World: Ethical Reflections and Daily Practice” by Judith Schlehe (Freiburg University, Germany) – ppt file here.
“Individualization of Risk” by Ryuichiro Abe (Waseda University, Japan) – ppt file here.
Moderator: Vissia Ita Yulianto (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia)
Webinar notes: here.