The COVID-19 Pandemic Conference Webinar

The COVID-19 Pandemic Conference Webinar

The COVID-19 Pandemic Conference Webinar

April 19th, 20th, 21st

Sponsored by: Routledge publishers, the International Sociological Association, and Nazarbayev University

Organized by: Dr. J. Michael Ryan

The “COVID-19 Pandemic Conference Webinar” will examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals, communities, countries, and the larger global society from a social scientific perspective. It offers a timely and critical advance in knowledge related to what many believe to be the greatest threat to global ways of being in more than a century. It is imperative that academics take their rightful place alongside medical professionals as the world attempts to figure out how to deal with the current global pandemic, and how society might move forward in the future. This conference webinar represents a response to that imperative.

Sessions will provide critical insights into the ethics and ideologies, inequalities, and changed social understandings that lie at the heart of this pandemic. The focus will be on the ways in which the pandemic has impacted (most often disproportionately) individuals and societies, the successes and failures of means used to combat the virus, and the considerations and future possibilities – both positive and negative – that lie ahead. While the pandemic has brought humanity together in some noteworthy ways, it has also laid bare many of the systemic inequalities that lie at the foundation of our global society. This conference webinar will provide a significant step forward toward better understanding these impacts.

This conference webinar represents a remarkable diversity and quality of impassioned scholarship and is a timely and critical advance in knowledge related to the pandemic. The conference will highlight the work of more than 40 leading scholars from across 5 continents. The breadth and depth of the scholarship to be presented is matched only by the intellectual and global scope of the presenters themselves. The insights presented in this conference have much to offer not just to an understanding of the ongoing world of COVID-19, but also to helping us (re-) build, and better shape, the world beyond.


Dr. J. Michael Ryan (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Nazarbayev University) has recently edited two new volumes related to the COVID-19 pandemic – COVID-19: Global pandemic, societal responses, ideological solutions (Routledge 2021) and COVID-19: Social consequences and cultural adaptations (Routledge 2021). This conference webinar is based on contributions to those two volumes. In addition, Dr. Ryan is now the series editor for Routledge’s new “The COVID-19 Pandemic” series. You can find out more information about the series here - - or through the official Facebook page - For any questions, please contact Dr. Ryan at