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The Caribbean against the covid-19: A global crisis and local solutions

La Caraïbe face au covid-19 : crise globale et solutions locales

El Caribe ante la covid-19: crisis global y soluciones locales

"Études caribéennes" Journal #48

Revue « Études caribéennes » n°48

Revista « Études caribéennes » n°48

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Published on Friday, January 29, 2021 by Elsa Zotian

Summary

Officially affected by the COVID19 pandemic in early March 2020, the Caribbean Basin is concerned about the fragility of its social fabric and the wide disparities in public health policies from one State to another, which make a comprehensive response at the regional level impossible. The situation worsened at the end of May with the withdrawal of US funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), finally condemning the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), an emblematic figure in the fight against epidemics in the islands and on the continent, to a drastic reduction in its interventions, or even its disappearance. In this way, this issue seeks to respond to various concerns about the regional impact of the pandemic, around the central issue: to what extent the economic, political and/or social impact hovers around unresolved points in the construction of Caribbean Nation-States that prevent them from facing the crisis.

Announcement

Argument

Officially affected by the COVID19 pandemic in early March 2020, the Caribbean Basin is concerned about the fragility of its social fabric and the wide disparities in public health policies from one State to another, which make a comprehensive response at the regional level impossible. The situation worsened at the end of May with the withdrawal of US funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), finally condemning the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), an emblematic figure in the fight against epidemics in the islands and on the continent, to a drastic reduction in its interventions, or even its disappearance. As of July 20, 2020, the media Loophaïti reported 77,320 cumulative cases of COVID-19 in the Caribbean, including 53,519 in the Dominican Republic alone. The Dominican Republic, which has had more than 400 additional deaths since mid-August, is paying a high price due to a particularly busyelection year with a high turnover of political leaders.

Facing COVID-19, the Caribbean Basin is far from equal. While English-speaking countries and Cuba have taken drastic measures to control the epidemic and save lives, the advance of the virus in the French-speaking Caribbean (French Guiana as much as Haiti) shows that more than financial means are needed to fight the pathogen. The continental Caribbean, on the other hand, also reveals a great heterogeneity of situations between political and economic instability (Venezuela); lack of state control (Colombia); the impotence of some Central American states; and the opening of Cancun as a Mexican tourist hub since June 2020. Bold health and social policies and firm educational choices seem inevitable in an attempt to curb a crisis in which the weight of history adds to the unprecedented challenges that force the region to rethink itself in order to better resist.

In this way, this issue seeks to respond to various concerns about the regional impact of the pandemic, around the central issue: to what extent the economic, political and/or social impact hovers around unresolved points in the construction of Caribbean Nation-States that prevent them from facing the crisis.

Key Themes

Here are the main topics that will be discussed in this issue:

  1. Weight of socio-historical construction and reproduction of unequal societies

    • Political legacy and structural backwardness

    • Health and social policies throughout history

    • Authorities faced with previous epidemics

    • Fear and uncertainty about public policies

    • Social anger at the threat of poverty

  2. The big losers: education, culture, tourism?

    • Towards a new educational and cultural model?

    • The danger and impossibility of teaching and events in the classroom

    • Teachers (and cultural actors) faced with the challenges of the digital age

    • The necessary upheaval of educational and cultural policies

    • Tourism in the face of the pandemic

  3. Political and economic challenges: the "new" role of the state, economy and democracy

    • The exercise of power and economic solutions in times of crisis

    • Electoral deadlines and the “covid vote”

    • Political discourses and health realities

    • The elites and economic actors facing "covidianity".

Submission guidelines

Manascripts could be written in French, English and Spanish and must not exceed45,000 characters (spaces included).

They should be sent electronically to the following address: etudescaribeennes@gmail.com

Please refer to the Instructions to Authors page.

They will be subjected to a double-blind evaluation before publication.

Timeline

  • March 30, 2021: Receipt of papers

  • April 2021: Evaluation of articles

  • June 2021: Finalization of the texts by the authors

  • July 2021: Publication of the thematic issue

Scientific coordinators

  • Dr. Jean-Louis JOACHIM (Université des Antilles)
  • Dr. Jaime ARAGON FALOMIR (IHEAL/Université des Antilles)

Date(s)

  • Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Keywords

  • Covid-19, Caraïbe, crise

Contact(s)

  • Sopheap Theng
    courriel : etudescaribeennes [at] gmail [dot] com

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Sopheap Theng
    courriel : etudescaribeennes [at] gmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« The Caribbean against the covid-19: A global crisis and local solutions », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Friday, January 29, 2021, https://calenda.org/835920

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