Alumni Online Seminar - Open Call to GEST Alumni


Contribution to Online Seminar on the Gendered Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The GEST programme issues a call for GEST alumni to contribute their expertise on gender issues in their local contexts to an online seminar hosted by the GEST programme. The seminar is set to take place on 18 December 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had substantial implications for gender equality, both during the initial shockwave but also during current times as communities and individuals adapt to risk mitigating measures and restrictions. Not only has the pandemic had a huge impact on sectors with high levels of female employment, but the closures of daycare centers and schools have been disastrous for many working mothers around the world. In addition, increasing levels of domestic violence appear as a likely consequence of the quarantine measures implemented in response to the pandemic. On the other hand, it has also been suggested that the flexible work arrangements offered in many places in the wake of COVID-19 will persist and could have a positive impact on gender equality down the road. The same goes for fathers, who might now have been taking part in primary caretaking responsibilities during lockdown and restrictions, and whose experience might help change social norms of masculinity and men’s role in the family.

However, due to the recent nature of the pandemic, some of these predictions are bound to be built on insufficient data, while others remain conjecture. Moreover, the gendered impacts of COVID-19 are diverse depending on specific socio-economic conditions in different localized and national contexts. Consequently, the continued documentation and transnational comparison of the gendered impact of the COVID-19 pandemic remains important not just for understanding the crisis as it currently unfolds, but for scholars and activists who wish to understand the pandemic in a historical context, years from now.

Therefore, the GEST programme hereby issues a call for GEST alumni to contribute their expertise on gender issues in their local contexts to an online seminar hosted by the GEST programme. The seminar is set to take place on 18 December 2020. The purpose of the online seminar is to record and document a historical snapshot of the gendered impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as it unfolds in different national contexts. Six alumni from six different countries will be selected for this task. If selected, the alumni in question will be expected to carry out semi-extensive short-term research work on the topic at hand and present their findings during a 10-15-minute presentation during the online seminar this coming December and submit their findings to a report edited and published by GEST.

Alumni selected for this event will be compensated for their efforts.

If you would like the opportunity to join us in contributing to this event, please fill out the short application form found below. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 7 October 2020. Please send applications to gest@hi.is and cc tbs@hi.is and vediso@hi.is. Make sure the subject of your email states COVID19 online seminar 2020. Emails not clearly marked may be lost.

You can find the application form here

Applications are evaluated in terms of quality as well as the applicant’s history of integrity, ethical and respectful engagement, accountability, and work ethic during their time in the GEST programme. The applicant’s history of engagement in the GEST Alumni Network, will also be taken into consideration.