Dear Mecila Friends,
We hope you are well in the difficult times we are all experiencing. Due to the current health crisis, the universities and research institutions that constitute our Centre as well as the Coordination Office in São Paulo and the Berlin Office are operating under exceptional conditions.
The current challenges we are all facing in these extreme times underline the relevance of our research agenda: the co-constitution of conviviality and inequality. The current obstacles for the individual mobility of scientists have also reinforced our understanding that effective academic internationalisation requires stable networking structures, ones that are able to ensure scientific cooperation beyond in-person exchanges. International networks such as Mecila have proved to function as a countercyclical internationalisation policy under current restrictions and other potential cooperation constraints. Accordingly, Mecila is continuing its operations online, including the regular exchange among its Principal Investigators (PIs), the publication of research results, the Working Papers series, and other forms of outreach. The selection process of Junior and Senior Fellows will be completed soon, albeit with a postponed start date. The new schedule will be made public as soon as possible.
Over the coming weeks, we will release all recordings of our International Conference "Living on the Edge" (March 2020). In this edition of the Newsletter, you can already access the Opening Remarks and the Keynote Lectures.
We are also launching our podcast series: Diálogos Mecila.
In this first episode, the PIs of the Centre’s Research Area Politics of Conviviality
discuss some of the impact that the pandemic is having on conviviality and inequality in Argentina, Brazil, Germany, and Mexico.
Thank you very much for your interest and all the best for the period at home.
The Mecila Team