On 11 March 2020 the World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 virus a global pandemic. The coronavirus disease was characterised as the one that made no differences between people’s origin, religion or wealth. As the infection rates rose sharply, national governments employed a variety of security measures to prevent spreading of the disease. Restrictions on the assembly of people, travel and eventually lockdowns were quickly put in place. Media reports and human and minority rights groups soon raised alarm of how minorities have been differently and more severely impacted by both the COVID-19 virus and the security measures. Scapegoating, severe restrictions and targeted policing have characterised the experience of the pandemic for minority groups across the world, resulting in their increasing vulnerability.
The ECMI is inviting you to join our distinguished international panel of experts discussing securitisation of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on minorities and diversity more broadly from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Dr Marika Djolai – host
Prof. Fernand de Varennes (UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues) - foreword
Dr Joao Nunes (University of York)
Prof. Biljana Vankovska (SS. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje)
Prof. Marta Lukacovic (Furman University)
Prof. Nisha Kapoor (University of Warwick)
Dr Andrea Carlà (EURAC) - discussant