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The UK, Ireland and the European Union in a time of crisis

A UACES-IACES Joint Seminar Series

Confronting the Coronavirus Pandemic

UACES and IACES created a Joint Seminar Series on ‘The UK, Ireland and the European Union in a time of crisis’. This important and timely initiative will bring together scholars from across these islands and beyond to consider and reflect on common crises, shared challenges and emerging opportunities for cooperation and collaboration.

Relationships within and between Ireland, the UK and the EU have been fundamentally reshaped in recent years by a series of era-defining political upheavals. Brexit has catalysed economic, cultural-political and constitutional conflict, recast British-Irish relations and recalibrated Europe’s political geography. The aftershocks of the financial and Eurozone crises, populism and the undermining of the rule of law have contributed to continuing processes of political change and unrest across the EU. And since 2020, Europe has been both newly united and profoundly divided by a global pandemic. This seminar series seeks to examine and address these overlapping challenges that have confronted Europe, in general, and ‘these islands’, in particular, since 2016. By bringing together the leading European Studies Associations in Ireland and the UK, we seek to do so in a spirit of renewed solidarity and collaboration. The seminar series takes a deliberately inter-disciplinary approach, seeking to expand what is meant by ‘European Studies’, and inviting contributions from right across academia and beyond, on both sides of the Irish Sea and from across the EU. The inaugural seminar will focus on the most urgent crisis of our time: the Covoranvirus pandemic.

Seminar 1: The UK, Ireland and the European Union in a time of crisis: Confronting the Coronavirus Pandemic

In the first seminar in the series, The UK, Ireland and the EU in a time of crisis, we explored the most acute and immediate crisis we face: the Covid-19 pandemic. In this seminar, we interrogated how Ireland, the UK and the EU have responded to this crisis. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, and bringing together scholars and practitioners from the social sciences, arts and humanities and health sciences, we explored differences in these responses, and their consequences. The seminar thus aimed to provide an expansive overview of responses to the pandemic, overlaps and gaps, and what lessons may be drawn.

With an introduction from Taoiseach Micheál Martin. (00:01:44 - 00:11:26)



Dr Eleanor Brooks, University of Edinburgh (00:16:02 - 00:22:39)

Prof. Fiona Kearney, University College Cork and Director of the Glucksman Gallery (00:30:45 - 00:34:55)

Prof. Tamara Hervey, University of Sheffield (00:35:15 - 00:42:02)

Noelle O’Connell, CEO of European Movement Ireland (00:22:55 - 00:30:31)

Chair: Dr Nicholas Startin, Global Governance Institute and UACES Chair Questions to the panel from (00:42:44).