LINGUIST List 32.3224

Wed Oct 13 2021

Confs: Anthro Ling, Applied Ling, Cog Sci, Discipline of Ling, Socioling/India

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 06-Oct-2021
From: Susmitha Shyamsundar <>
Subject: Sciences in the Post-COVID World
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Reimagining the Paradigm of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Post-COVID World
Short Title: ATHENA

Date: 11-Dec-2021 - 13-Dec-2021
Location: Vijayawada, India
Contact: Susmitha Shyamsundar
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Discipline of Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Meeting Description:

In March 2020, almost a year and half ago, the spread of COVID-19 forced the world to a standstill. Our initial days were spent fervently learning about the virus and the ways to protect ourselves. Simultaneously, we witnessed the ravages of misinformation (conspiracy theories, anti-vax, anti-mask movements, etc.) and resulting violence against health-care workers. Moreover, the rise of unemployment and the subsequent increase in economic disparity forced us to confront issues such as the re-emergence of racism, communalism, domestic violence, systemic brutality against marginalized communities, mass migration of laborers, challenges of working from remote locations and the burnout induced by the collapse of boundaries between personal and professional lives, among others. These severe economic upheavals and struggles for livelihood were accompanied by the overwhelming task of documenting, understanding, and coping with isolation, grief, and loss amidst unrelenting tragedy. On the academic front, educational institutes were forced to function online and shift to hybrid modes of teaching, learning, and research. Apart from drastically altering the classroom experience for both students and teachers, Zoom, Google, and MS Teams Classrooms ensured an overall increase in audio-visual learning. A learner-centric approach combined with creative and innovative teaching practices have facilitated the effectiveness of online teaching-learning experiences. However, it cannot be forgotten that in a country where seamless internet connectivity is a luxury available to only a limited portion of the nation’s populace, continuous education has been the privilege of only a few. Owing to economic constraints, we have witnessed a significant increase in student enrollment in government schools, but the effectiveness of the learning environment remains unknown. In the light of the Government of India’s rollout of its new National Education Policy (NEP) which promises to usher in radical changes towards the country’s educational approach, the need to contemplate on the future of educational practices, especially with the benefit of hindsight (post-pandemic), assumes utmost urgency. This conference aims to bring together academicians, researchers, policy makers and activists to share their experience and knowledge gained from the pandemic. By collating their perspectives, we intend to weigh and consider the lessons that the pandemic has to offer us and re-imagine the ways in which disciplines such as the Humanities and the Social Sciences can respond to these unprecedented times. We hope that these discussions and deliberations will create a space to test novel and inclusive methodologies of research, teaching, and practice keeping in mind the paradigm shifts and challenges that the pandemic has thrust upon us.


Socio-cultural Anthropology and the Pandemic [Migration, Digital Media and Misinformation, Public Health]
Pedagogical Changes Due to the Pandemic [Language Teaching & Assessment (English and Foreign languages), Syllabus Design, Hybrid Learning, Inclusive Education]
Performative Arts During the Pandemic [Online Concerts, Online Collaborative Performances]
Pandemic and the Politics of Gender [Work-Life Balance in WFH scenarios, Sexual and Gender-Based violence during the Pandemic]
Pandemic Narratives [Life Writing, Digital Mourning, Illness Narratives, Collective Memory, Politics of Care and Aging]
NEP 2020 and the Future of the Education Policy
Changes in Research Methodologies and Data Collection Methods During the Pandemic
Reconfiguration of Development Studies and Social Work due to COVID-19

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