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Message posted on 10/11/2020

Interdisciplinary Webinar "Back to Normal? Social Justice and DOHaD in the COVID Era"

                Dear colleagues,

Join us for a free *interdisciplinary webinar on social justice and the 
developmental origins of health and disease in the COVID era*, which 
will take place on*December 7, 5-7pm GMT*. The idea is to bring together 
speakers from STS and from the biomedical sciences in an 
interdisciplinary conversation on how to address the intersections of 
social (in)justice and developmental health in responses to the current 
pandemic. Speakers include Sarah Richardson, Martha Kenney, Tessa 
Roseboom and Shane Norris.

Places are limited so register now 

Please find more information bellow and in the attached flyer.




*Back to Normal? Social Justice and the Developmental Origins of Health 
and Disease in the COVID Era*

Interdisciplinary webinar organized in co-operation with the 
International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease


*Organizers: *Mark Hanson (University of Southampton), Chandni Jacob 
(University of Southampton), Ruth Müller (Technical University of 
Munich) and Michael Penkler (Technical University of Munich)

*Date*: Dec 7, 2020; 5-7pm GMT

*Registration: ** 

Although the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, many countries are 
resuming economic and social activities, with the aim of returning to 
some semblance of ‘normality’. But what should the ‘new normal’ be? The 
pandemic has exposed how the /status quo/ produced uneven vulnerability 
to COVID-19, with the most disadvantaged groups bearing the greatest 
health, social, and economic burden. Adverse effects are often 
associated with ‘pre-existing’ conditions, many of which have roots in 
underlying social inequalities.Members of disadvantaged groups also tend 
to be more exposed to greater risk of infection (as opposed to having 
greater ‘inherent’ risk of adverse effects). The current health crisis 
has thus put a spotlight on how social structures like racism or 
socioeconomic deprivation become embodied, shaping health and disease 
throughout the life course and across generations.

Priorities in the short term have been on saving life and restarting 
economies. But the current situation also highlights how social justice 
is fundamental for greater health equity and for improving social 
resilience to current and future global health threats. Insights from 
the field of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) show 
how early life conditions affect longer-term health risks and can 
perpetuate health inequalities across generations, indicating a need to 
channel resources also towards maternal, neonatal and child health 
(MNCH) as part of COVID-19 recovery plans. This is especially critical 
as public health responses to COVID-19 have exposed many marginalized 
communities, and especially women and children, to adverse conditions, 
such as reduced access to health services including safe abortions, 
regular meals, and places to escape from domestic violence and abuse.

Insights from previous socioeconomic shocks indicate the long-term 
social, economic, and health costs of such adverse conditions to MNCH. 
While DOHaD advocates have so-far largely foregrounded /economic 
/arguments for investing in MNCH in the COVID-19 era, in this webinar we 
will focus on /social justice /arguments and possible ways to address 
health and social inequalities. Particularly, we seek to put critical 
social science analyses into conversation with DOHaD research. 
Contributions to the webinar may include responses to questions such as:

  * What are the major ways in which social injustice affects MNCH in
    the COVID-19 era?
  * Based on existing insights from the social sciences and DOHaD, what
    opportunities could be explored to address these social injustices
    affecting MNCH in the ‘new normal’?
  * How can we use these opportunities to develop sustainable,
    affordable solutions that center social justice and health equity in
    various sectors (e.g. policy, clinical, public engagement, research)
    and improve social resilience to current and future global health


  * *Martha Kenney* (San Francisco State University): Back to normal?
    Social justice and recovery from C-19
  * *Tessa Roseboom* (University of Amsterdam): Social justice and the
    rights of children as foundations to build back better
  * *Sarah Richardson* (Harvard University): C-19, gender, and social
  * *Shane Norri**s* (University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg): What
    if the unthinkable happened? Global health and justice perspectives
    during the Covid-19 pandemic

Dr. Michael Penkler
Lecturer (Akademischer Rat)

Technical University of Munich
Munich Center for Technology in Society

Master's Program "Responsibility in Science, Engineering and Technology" (RESET)
Science and Technology Policy Research Group

Augustenstraße 46
80333 München, Germany

+49 (89) 289 - 29228

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