Living under Covid-19 and a lockdown has taught us many things about ourselves and the society we live in. But what has it taught us about capitalism, the system that underpins and dominates life across the globe? In this introductory seminar series taking place each week throughout the festival, Jeremy Gilbert and guests will look at what this historic experience can teach us about capitalism and the politics that inform it.
This week we’ll be getting to grips with Covid-19 as a health crisis and asking: Why are your chances of dying of this virus much lower if you are rich or white? Who gets to decide what measures are taken to protect people and what counts as ‘healthy’? And why do some lives seem to matter more than others?
NOTE: Participants who register for this course will be sent a video recording of around 40 minutes a day or two before the event. The live session will then be a participatory Q&A where people can ask questions and share thoughts on the content of the video. Basically, it's like a video version of a reading group! To get the most out of the course, we encourage people to try and make it to as many of the sessions in the course as possible.
Dr Adam Elliott-Cooper is a researcher in policing and criminalisation at Greenwich University and a board member of the Monitoring Group, an organisation fighting state racisms and racial violence.