Workshop on Gender and the Covid-19 Pandemic


Date: 20th November, 2020, 2 PM – 7 PM (Singapore Time)

Gender and Sexuality Research Cluster, Faculty of Arts and

Social Sciences

National University of Singapore

Venue: Zoom workshop

Registration (no fee): link

Workshop Overview

The Gender and Sexuality Research Cluster at the National University of Singapore is pleased to announce an upcoming panel of international scholars discussing multidisciplinary perspectives on the intersection of gender and the global Covid-19 pandemic. Attendees are invited to pre-register for this Zoom event here.


Each presentation will be followed by a 10-minute Q&A.

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM: The Gender gap in COVID-19 mortality in the United States (Sonia Akter, National University of Singapore)

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Unintended consequences of lockdowns: COVID-19 and the shadow pandemic (Saravana Ravindran, National University of Singapore)

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Warriors without a shield: Women health workers in India’s villages (Swati Bhattacharjee, Ananda Bazar Patrika)

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM: The impact of Covid-19 on working mothers across the globe: Coping with the pandemic through online women’s forums (Olya Zayts-Spence, University of Hong Kong)

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Keep calm and lean in: Discourses of power femininity in Covid-19-themed advertising (Rebecca Lurie Starr, National University of Singapore)

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Break

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Differential confinement, gender, and the global virality of art in pandemic times (Astrid M. Fellner, Saarland University)

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Health over wealth: Covid-19, gender and medical self-sufficiency in Jamaica (Lisa Johnson, University of Trier)

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Viral Hate: HomoTransphobic Discourses in the Context of Covid-19 (Eva Nossem, Saarland University)

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Panel Discussion


Dr. Sonia Akter is an Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Before joining the LKY School in 2015, she was a scientist at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). She completed her PhD in Environmental Management and Development from the Crawford School of Public Policy, the Australian National University, Australia.

Dr. Saravana Ravindran is an Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from New York University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles before joining NUS. His primary research interests are in development economics.

Dr. Swati Bhattacharjee is Senior Assistant Editor, Ananda Bazar Patrika, Kolkata. She has a PhD in Social Science from Tata Institute of Social Studies, Mumbai. She was at the ALJ Poverty Action Lab, MIT as a Nehru-Fulbright Fellow, 2010-2011. She is currently Visiting Faculty, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. She writes on poverty alleviation and gender justice.

Dr. Olya Zayts-Spence is an Associate Professor at the School of English, the University of Hong Kong. She directs Research and Impact Initiative for Communication in Healthcare (HKU RIICH). The research team for the presented project also includes: Zoe Fortune, City Mental Health Alliance HK and University of Hong Kong; Mariana Lazzaro-Salazar, Universidad Católica del Maule; Sylvia Jaworska, University of Reading; Tse Wai Sum, Vincent, University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Rebecca Lurie Starr is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore. Her research focuses on children’s sociolinguistic development, language variation and change in multilingual settings, and the sociolinguistic construction of style in media.

Prof. Astrid M. Fellner is Chair of North American Literary and Cultural Studies at Saarland University (Germany). Her monographs include Articulating Selves: Contemporary Chicana Self-Representation (2002) and Bodily Sensations: The Female Body in Late-Eighteenth-Century American Culture (forthcoming). Her research includes Border Studies, Gender/Queer Studies, Early American, U.S. Latino/a, and Canadian literatures.

Dr. Lisa Johnson is an associated postdoctoral researcher in the field of anthropology at the DFG- funded research-training group IRTG Diversity: Mediating Differences in Transcultural Spaces at the University of Trier, Germany. Research interests: Questions of the Everyday, Space/ Place, Gender, Migration and Mobility, Music and Sound, North America, Caribbean.

Dipl.-Üb. Eva Nossem is a graduate translator for German, English and Italian. She is the scientific coordinator of the “UniGR-Center for Border Studies” at Saarland University and an instructor in English linguistics. She is working on her PhD in Italian lexicography. Research interests: Linguistic Border Studies, Gender/Queer Studies, and Translation Studies.

About the GSRC

The Gender and Sexuality Research Cluster, housed in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the National University of Singapore, aims to develop a dynamic, vibrant and timely space for intellectual conversations and engagements focused primarily on genders and sexualities, especially in the context of and from within Asia.

Steering Committee: Tracey Skelton (Geography), Rebecca Lurie Starr (English Language and Literature), Mie Hiramoto (English Language and Literature), Michelle Ho (Communications and New Media), Yuen Shu Min (Japanese Studies).