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Panel discussion: Crisis and recovery, from vulnerability to autonomy

3. March 12:00 - 14:00

Early March of last year marked the beginning of a new global crisis – the Covid19 pandemic crisis. Entire worlds have moved into virtual space. This affected the ability of citizens to react to the actions of the authorities, as well as their ability to look for alternative forms of solidarity. The pandemic has shaken us to the core, our health, health systems, work, schooling, proximity and closeness, movement, our daily microplans and ability to plan in general were altered.

Researchers have already written and talked about the scale and effects of the pandemic on every segment of life for both individuals and entire societies. A year has passed since and the notion of recovery still seems beyond our reach and yet it is crucial that we start questioning what recovery will or should look like. This crisis has shown us that we are all vulnerable. Vulnerability has proven to be a trait that is not exclusively related to our fragile and expendable bodies, but also to dependence on countless social ties that have been shaken during the crisis.

The panel discussions: Crisis and recovery from vulnerability to autonomy kicks off the work of the Laboratory for Solidarity, Philanthropy and Care (SolidCare) at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory. The aim of this panel is to start a conversation around vulnerability, a key question within social theory.

As a result, we want to talk in the following frameworks: Has the crisis made us vulnerable? Or did it just show us how vulnerable we were anyway? Should recovery mean we have to stop being vulnerable? Will we, when we recover, regain full autonomy over our actions? Are vulnerability and autonomy excluded? Will we, "when it's all over", be less exposed to worries than is the case now, or will we want less to be taken care of? How can we learn something about autonomy from this vulnerability?

We will discuss these questions on March 3rd at 12 noon via the Zoom platform.
Our discussants will be:

  • Jasna Hrnčić (Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade)
  • Slobodan Cvejić (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade)
  • Dušan Ristić (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad)
  • Ljiljana Pantović (Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade)

The discussion will be moderated by Aleksandra Bulatović and Adriana Zaharijević.


3. March
12:00 - 14:00