Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


VIRTUAL EVENT: Coronavirus and Culture: Virtual Exchanges

29 June 2020, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm

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We are delighted to share the details of the third event of the series 'European perspectives on COVID-19: Governance, education, culture', organised by the Cities partnerships Programme, in collaboration with the UCL European Institute.

This event is free.

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This webinar explores cultural responses to the coronavirus pandemic, with specific attention to museums, collections, festivals and art residencies. Distinguished artists, curators and arts professionals will speak about their experience with the health crisis. What has been role of the cultural sector during this crisis: for artists, for audiences, for curators? How has the pandemic changed perceptions of space, place, and community? What is the role of digital technologies? Can they foster new forms of access, presence and mobility, e.g. in response to border regimes or political and social inequality? What are their limitations?

Chair: Dr Florian Mussgnug, Academic Director for Rome of the UCL Cities Partnerships Programme, Reader in Italian and Comparative Literature, School of European Languages, Culture and Society



The UCL Cities partnerships Programme, in collaboration with the UCL European Institute, is organising a series of four webinars with leading researchers, policy makers and arts professionals. Each session will discuss the extraordinary challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to our teaching, research, mobility, and cultural and artistic practices. The series includes contributions from some of UCL’s key European partners in Paris and Rome.

Launched in 2018, the Cities partnerships Programme is a cross-UCL initiative to support, fund and promote the work that UCL academics carry out with partners in a selected number of global cities, with the aim of developing sustainable, multidisciplinary research and teaching partnerships. The programme focuses on specific cities, each for a three-year period: Rome (2018-2020), Paris (2019-2021) and Stockholm (2020-2022). The initial focus on Europe is an expression of UCL’s commitment to our European partners.

The webinars will take place on 22 June, 24 June, 29 June, and 3 July. See the registration link for more information about panellists and registration.