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Covid-19: The Crisis in India


Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 14:00 - 15:00



Free online event: booking essential

Conversation 9 in the RIA Online Conversation Series: Perspectives and Pathways in a Time of Crisis.

In this webinar, which is a collaboration between the Royal Irish Academy and the Moore Institute at NUIG, colleagues living in India and observing the situation closely will report on the devastating impact of the crisis during the latest phase of the pandemic. Issues addressed will include the public health situation, the loss of life, grief and funerals, rural vs. urban India, regional variation, the political response, and education.


  • Professor Kanchana Mahadevan (University of Mumbai)
  • Dr Sanjay Nagral (Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre, Mumbai)
  • Dr Srinivas Raghavendran (NUI Galway)
  • Aveek Sen (Kolkata)
  • Dr Archana Venkatesh (Clemson University)
  • Chair: Daniel Carey, MRIA

Booking is free but essential. Registrants will receive further information and a zoom link for attendance in advance of the session. Queries should be directed to

The Academy would like to note special thanks to the Moore Institute which has been instrumental in organising this important and timely discussion.

About the Series:

Covid-19 represents one of the greatest collective challenges the world has faced in modern times. Every aspect of society has been affected by the pandemic, from health to the economy and our most basic human and social values and traditions. The need for shared knowledge and understanding has never been greater as we contend with the crisis and plan for the future.

The Royal Irish Academy, Ireland’s leading body of experts in the sciences and humanities, will convene an online workshop series curated by the Academy’s Vice- President, Daniel Carey, MRIA, NUIG to address these vital questions, providing analysis and explanation for a public audience. Members of the academy, early career researchers, activists and experts from across society will be invited to join us so that we can be as inclusive and creative as possible.

The online conversations commenced in 2020 and will continue throughout 2021.

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