Vaccine Hostility: What We Can Learn From Europe
With Peter Baldwin (UCLA), Audrey Célestine (University of Lille), Aleksandra Cislak (SWPS University, Warsaw), Philippe Marlière (University College London), Moderated by Frédéric Viguier (NYU).
Event presented jointly with NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies.
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 Global Distinguished Professor at New York University and Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. 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.
Aleksandra Cislak is Associate professor of social and political psychology at the SWPS University in Warsaw. Her work focuses on social hierarchy; she has written on belief in vaccine conspiracy theories.
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).