A panel in the conference “THE RISE OF ASIA IN GLOBAL HISTORY AND PERSPECTIVE: Covid-19 from Asia to the world: what assessment and what perspective for a common future?” organised by the University Le Havre Normandy, France, February 9-11, 2022


The panel is open to individual and group paper presentations. Those willing to present their papers are invited to submit online their 200-300 word abstracts until December 31, 2021. The introduction and the guidelines to submit proposal are available online at


From a historical and cultural point of view, the Covid-19 Pandemic is one of those events that brought societies to put into question and redesign their founding principles: The end of World war II, the Fall of the Berlin Wall, etc. They are breaking points often seen through eschatological lenses, meaning that the world system at that time has come to its end. F. Fukuyama illustrates these end-time narratives with his praise of liberal democracy and capitalism after 1989. On the other hand, these breaking points are experienced with different cultural, political, spiritual tools from a future-oriented perspective; this helps tackle collective global breaking points with resilience and a mindset that expects life to breakthrough and better times to come after the worst occurred.


This panel acknowledges the (Post)Covid-19 period as a global breaking point; it aims to discuss the “End-time narratives” as a “single-time” ideology, the neoliberal and western one. Based on the postulate that these narratives have deep ideological and cultural roots, enhanced with the argument of fear and suspicion towards alternative models, participants are invited to expose alternative time experiences and imaginative visions of the global future. The following questions may help orient proposals:

- What do Asian, African, or Latin American cultures and societies have to propose in a (post)pandemic context, seen as a breaking point in a globalised world?

- How do people imagine their future in the context of collective crisis? With which concepts and understanding of time, resilience, hope, future do they tackle negative issues such as pandemic, natural disasters, genocide, etc.

- What kind of myths, legends, and spiritual frameworks are mobilised to deal with historical breaking points? How do these resources help to interpret them constructively and imagine a future world?

- What ideological, political, and economic projections and utopias have been or could be developed, once collective crises are no more considered from an eschatological perspective, but rather as the beginning of something potentially new and better than the previous state of things?


Panel Convenor:

Isaac Bazié, Professor of Cultural and Literary Studies, Director of Laboratoire des Afriques Innovantes (LAFI), Chief Editor of Journal Afroglobe: African Issues in local and global Perspectives, President of Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS)

Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada