Borders, Boundaries, Pandemics
October 21 @ 8:00 AM – October 22 @ 5:00 PM
Around the world the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged borders. Governments have shut their borders to travel or layered in quarantine, testing, and vaccination requirements. This “new normal” for borders has severely challenged mobility between nations, including within regional blocks such as the E.U. It has also done the same within nations. Even more locally, restrictions on access to long-term care homes and hospitals are their own kind of border control.
Border closures can work to stymie the spread of a virus. But they come at cost. Industries and livelihoods reliant on travel can be impacted. Supply chains of food, medical supplies, and other necessities can be compromised. The ability of migrants and refugees to access safe havens can be jeopardized. Travel restrictions may effectively discriminate against countries with unequal access to vaccines. Some governments may use COVID as a guise for border measures that are in fact motivated by political opportunism. The list goes on…
How should we rethink our approach to borders, both within this pandemic and in pandemics to come? Borders, Boundaries, Pandemics brings together speakers from across disciplines and across the world to explore the answers.