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DOI : 10.60527/v13d-fb26
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LESTUDIUM. (2020, 18 novembre). PANEL 1: THE NEOLIBERAL PANDEMIC (DIS)ORDER, CARING AND SOLIDARITIES , in What are our lives worth to a neoliberal government? Capitalism, War and Biopolitics in the Pandemic Era. [Vidéo]. Canal-U. (Consultée le 14 juillet 2024)


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Moderator : Prof. Nathalie Champroux (Cultural and Discursive Interactions (ICD) / University of Tours - FR)

Dr Antonio Pele (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro - BR)Brazil in Times Of Covid-19: Right to Health, 'Bioresistances' and Solidarities 

I will first examine medical/health initiatives that favelas grassroots networks have taken to respond to the current pandemic. I will show how favela inhabitants have organized their system of information, ambulances, isolation wards, despite the lack of funding/support of local/national public authorities. Human rights and favelas activists often claim Sobrevivênica é Resistencia, that is, ‘survival is resistance’. I contend those health/medical networks of solidarity in times of COVID-19 intend to give back a worthy life to those who have not been granted the right to live with dignity in Brazil. In relation to those cases, I argue health becomes eminently political and closely related to social justice in Brazil. I will then explore the different strategies of ‘food sovereignty.’ I will examine how grassroots efforts intend to provide free organic foods and promote local farmer’s products/production in the favelas during the COVID-19 pandemic. I will contend they succeed in tackling the lack of Brazil public policy for healthy food consumption/production. I will also argue they innovatively tie a bio-form of resistance with the right to health. Indeed, with leveraging green spaces and community organizing in the favelas, the right to health becomes intersubjective. It is not reframed (anymore) on single individual entitlement but a collective experience based on solidarity.

Prof. Simon Springer (University of Newcastle - AU) - Mutual Aid and the Neoliberal Pandemic: Caring for Community during COVID and the Continuing Crisis of Capitalism 

    Neoliberalism is synonymous with crisis.With each successive natural or human made disaster we see the reach ofneoliberalism extended even further. These moments of vulnerability areexploited as opportunities to push through unpopular changes when people aretoo bewildered and beleaguered to fight back. The recent COVID-19 pandemic isexemplary of this ongoing logic, insofar as it has been the rationale for manysectors, most notably higher education, to “rationalize” and “optimize” theiroperations more and more along market lines. The idea of education for the sakeof knowledge production and personal growth no longer holds true. Governmentsare putting pressure on the sector to create “job ready graduates”, which meanspandering to a consumerist ethos and speculating on industry demands. Mass jobcuts follow such restructuring and communities, already devastated by a crisis,face new hardships that work against the shared interest of recovery. But thereis an alternative to this callous trajectory and it is to be found in mutualaid and community based forms of reciprocity. Mutual aid is the fundamentalbasis of all human societies, an understanding that, in sharp relief toneoliberalism, is also exemplified with striking clarity during times ofcrises. People necessarily come together and help each other out in thesemoments. So as neoliberalism rushes in to capitalize on catastrophe, itsfailings are simultaneously exposed by the ingenuity and resourcefulness ofcommunities who, in spite of the challenges, almost always find a way torebuild their lives through practices of caring for community.

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