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The COVID Pandemic and Social Inequality
Laura Wiesböck 

Lecture 

Photo: Katharina Gossow

This lecture addresses the social effects of the COVID-19 crisis and presents new and increased ascriptions and exclusions that lead to structures of inequality. It further sketches potential effects of the ongoing labor market and economic crisis on trust in democracy in Austria. Wiesböck considers themes such as homelessness and domestic violence, speaking here about the image of maleness that is learned in childhood and in which it is still not permitted to show fear and vulnerability. In her current research, Wiesböck describes the present state of social cohesion and its significance for psychosocial well-being and the resulting quality of life. The aim of this interdisciplinary study is to investigate the diverse consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on experiences of intimacy, sexuality, and solidarity.

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Laura Wiesböck

*1987 Vienna, lives in Vienna

is a sociologist and author. She researches on forms, causes, and effects of social injustice, particularly in the field of work, poverty, and gender. She has received several awards for her academic work, including the Kurt Rothschild Prize, the Theodor Körner Prize, and the Danubius Young Scientist Award. In her book In besserer Gesellschaft. Der selbstgerechte Blick auf die Anderen (In Better Society. The Self-Satisfied Gaze at Others) she analyzes the human desire for superiority.

Photo: Katharina Gossow