the post-COVID World
50 Minds for the Next 50. Dialogue Series
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented health crisis that has affected each one of us, and we still cannot predict its long-term effects. Inevitably, our World Heritage sites suffered too: the abrupt halt in travel and tourism cut off the stream of visitors and the revenue they bring, for some sites the only source of income to cover conservation, maintenance and salaries. The surrounding communities were affected adversely as well, with many people losing jobs and income. The pandemic affected public health and it revealed the vulnerabilities of a divided society and its inequalities.
Adi Utarini and Frank Snowden
The dialogue between Adi Utarini and Frank Snowden mainly focused on the close collaboration between public health and heritage.
Maria Fernanda Espinosa and Salim Abdool Karim
The dialogue between Maria Fernanda Espinosa and Salim Abdool Karim was centred on the impacts and pre-exisiting problems of society during COVID-19.
Krista Kim and Ahmed Salman
Krista Kim and Ahmed Salman mainly discussed the intersectionality between art and science.
Jimmy Jean-Louis and Hoor Al-Qasimi
Jimmy Jean-Louis and Hoor Al-Qasimi emphasized the importance of connecting people with the help of culture, but they expressed different ways of working to that end. Al Qasimi believes that the essence of culture is bringing people physically together.
Rana Dajani and Zoe Butt
Dialogue between Rana Dajani and Zoe Butt centred around storytelling and the narrative of the Global South. Since storytelling is fundamental to transferring knowledge and informing different situations, intercultural dialogue is important to understand one another and envision the future that corresponds to different contexts.
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Public health researcher and Professor of Public Health at Gadjah Mada University
Historian and Andrew Downey Orrick Professor Emeritus of History and History of Medicine at Yale University
Maria Fernanda Espinosa
Academic, politician, diplomat and former president of the UN General Assembly
Salim Abdool Karim
Epidemiologist and professor of global health at Columbia University
Digital artist and creator of the Mars House, the first ‘metaverse home’ for sale
Senior immunologist, vaccinologist and researcher at the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford
Award-winning actor and human rights activist
Curator, President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation
Molecular biologist and advocate for science education for women
Curator and writer
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Five dialogue sessions covering five themes take place in 2022, each joined by thinkers in paired dialogue from diverse regions. The interdisciplinary dialogues inspire new visions for the next 50 years of World Heritage.