The Pandemic and the School: A Repository

The School of Social Science is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, as is the rest of the Institute for Advanced Study. Besides continuing its seminars and workshops by videoconference, its Faculty and Members have been intervening in various ways in the public sphere and in the academic world. Below is a list of papers, op-eds and interviews they have published in their original languages. Click here for information about related endeavors and here for publications from former Members.

Brasil: pandemia, guerra cultural y precariedad, Lena Lavinas, May-June 2020.

El daño de las pandemias, Federico Neiburg, 11 May 2020.

L’Inde face à la crise du Covid-19: Une tragédie humanitaire à venir, Isabelle Guérin, 4 May 2020.

The Brazilian Army in Haiti – Foreign Intervention and Domestic Politics, Federico Neiburg, 1 May 2020.

La politización de la pandemia, los féretros vacíos y el abismo brasileño, Federico Neiburg, May 2020.

Ce à quoi la pensée critique doit s’atteler, maintenant, Joan Scott, 30 April 2020.

Society after Pandemic, Alondra Nelson, 23 April 2020.

Between Friendship and Enmity: US-Sudan Relations in the Time of Covid-19, Alden Young, 23 April 2020.

Michigan, Your Money or Your Life: The Virus, the Economy, and the Trolley Problem, Webb Keane, 21 April 2020.

L'illusion dangereuse de l'égalité devant l'épidémie, Didier Fassin, 16 April 2020.

Vidas, economia e emergência, Federico Neiburg, 16 April 2020.

The Covid-19 Crisis in India: A Nascent Humanitarian Tragedy, Isabelle Guérin, 13 April 2020.

Keeping Track of the Unemployment Gap, Pascal Michaillat, 12 April 2020.

Covid-19: O virus em defesa da saúde pública, Lena Lavinas, 8 April 2020.

This is no time for ‘America First.’ China’s coronavirus tests are good enough for the U.S., Eben Kirksey, 5 April 2020.

Storie virali. Da dove verrà il cambiamento? Didier Fassin, 2 April 2020.

Le Brésil de toutes les crises: Bolsonaro et le Covid-19, Lena Lavinas, 2 April 2020.

A Sigh of Relief Before the Storm: Sudan in the Eye of the Covid-19 Storm, Alden Young, 1 April 2020.


The Dangers of Moving All of Democracy Online, Marion Fourcade, 1 April 2020.

E o social na crise, como fica?  Lena Lavinas, 31 March 2020.

Covid-19 and the Economy, Lena Lavinas, 30 March 2020.

Usando a Emergência para Consolidar Nossos Programas de Renda, Lena Lavinas, 26 March 2020.

Ce n’est pas d’en haut qu’il faut espérer du changement, Didier Fassin, 22 March 2020.

La vie, la mort, à l’heure du coronavirus, Didier Fassin, 19 March 2020.

Du Coronavirus en Amérique, Didier Fassin, 19 March 2020.

L’égalité face à l’épidémie n’est que relative, Didier Fassin, 19 March 2020.

L’inégalité des vies en temps d’épidémie, Didier Fassin, 18 March 2020.

The Doctors of Hubei and the Grace of the Caregier in Crisis, Fleur Johns, 5 March 2020.

Related Endeavors

Eben Kirksey has organized a weekly reading group on Zoom, delving into the primary literature alongside classic essays from the field of multispecies ethnography. 

Alondra Nelson has created the #CoronavirusSyllabus, a crowdsourced list of resources that sheds light on the social implications of the pandemic. Read more about the origins of this project here and here.

The group Network of Concerned Academics, co-founded by Joan Scott, has been posting responses from various academic leaders:

From  Former Members

Precious Leadership Lessons from COVID-19, Peter Huang, 19 May 2020.

Pandemic Emotions: The Good, the Bad, and the Unconscious—Implications for Public Health, Financial Economics, and Law, Peter Huang, 15 April 2020.

Pandemic Emotions, Public Health, Financial Economics, Law, and Leadership, Peter Huang, 15 April 2020.