Vaccine Hostility: What We Can Learn From Europe
With Peter Baldwin (UCLA), Audrey Célestine (University of Lille), Philippe Marlière (University College London), Rudy Reichstadt (ConspiracyWatch.com). Moderated by Frédéric Viguier (NYU)
In Europe too, the Covid vaccine effort meets challenges, anger, disinformation or suspicion. Our panelists will discuss how responses to the first wave, perceived as either insufficient or too authoritarian, might have impacted the vaccine effort; how the relationships with the metropoles inform the overseas population’s suspicion of the vaccine; how and where anti-vaccine theories structure public debates, and how European progressive parties handle the contradictory feelings of their constituents, torn between their democratic aspirations and the appeal of universal, mandatory public health policies.
Peter Baldwin is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. He is the author of several books, including Fighting the First Wave (2021, Cambridge University Press).
Audrey Célestine is a political sociologist, Maîtresse de conférences at the Université de Lille. She is the author of several books, including La fabrique politique des identités. L’encadrement politique des minorités caribéennes à Paris et New York (Karthala, 2018). Her current research focuses on France’s relationships with its overseas territories in the Caribbean.
Philippe Marlière is Professor in French and European Politics at University College London. He is the author of several books, including Jean-Luc Mélenchon and France Insoumise: the Manufacturing of Populism (Routledge, 2019).
Rudy Reichstadt is an analyst of conspiracy theories and contemporary anti-Semitism. During the health crisis, he used his various organizations to keep a close eye on online extremism and misinformation. He founded ConspiracyWatch.info in 2007. He is the co-author of the 2018 documentary film Complotisme: les alibis de la terreur and wrote the essay L’Opium des imbéciles in 2019.
Event presented jointly with NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies.