ENLIGHT online lectures on COVID-19
International research collaboration and sharing of research and data is of paramount importance to find solutions for the public health challenge we are facing. ENLIGHT launched a bimonthly lecture series "shedding light on COVID-19" where experts from ENLIGHT universities and partner institutions present their work and exchange viewpoints with a global perspective.
Storytelling has formed an intrinsic part of the Covid-19 pandemic through journalism and other media, including social media exchanges. This session looked at forms of literary and narrative engagement with plague, disease and crisis from the 19th century to the present day.
For this, Daniel Carey (National University of Ireland, Galway) was joined by Marysa Demoor, Ghent University (Belgium), Raili Marling (University of Tartu, Estonia) and Stephen Donovan (Uppsala University, Sweden) to discuss in Daniel Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year and The Storm, as well as the coverage of epidemics in 19th-century periodicals, and the representation of epidemics as looming but invisible crises in fiction.
With Tomas Szemes and Amanda Sierra, two renowned scientists from our partner institutions Comenius University Bratislava (Slovakia) and University of the Basque Country (Spain), we have shed light on the development of fast, secure and cheap SARS-CoV-2 detection protocols that allow the public health system the continuous screening of new infections in order to fight the current health crisis.
The lecture was hold online via Zoom and was combined with an online discussion forum, that left room for the questions and comments of the audience. Students, academics from all disciplines and the general public were likewise targeted.
ENLIGHT is a network of nine European universities wih the ambition to transform higher education and empower learners as globally engaged citizens.