Discussing projects undertaken between 2021 and 2022, the presenters provided a range of interdisciplinary perspectives (anthropology, sociology, sociolinguistics, vulnerability studies and applied linguistics), perspectives on UK government policy and practice (Runnymede Trust) and from within specific diasporic communities (Bangladeshis in the UK, Peruvians in Italy and Turks in Germany) and other nations (Bangladesh). Each in their own way, they discussed the inequalities which the pandemic had highlighted and exacerbated.
The conversations and knowledge exchange led to the articulation of 10 crosscutting key points that researchers, policymakers and practitioners should consider when developing policies and practices that engage with diverse minority ethnic groups and communities.
1. Covid-19 was a unique phenomenon in terms of the breadth and depth of impact on daily life and thus drew out pre-existing inequalities and problematic discourse around national identity, race, gender, religion in a concerted and specific way – a tendency observable on social media sites like YouTube (for an example of this in Bangladesh, see Shaila Sultana's talk: 'Digital Space in Bangladesh during COVID-19: Space of Creativity, Criticality, or Bigotry?'). It follows that approaches to developing resilience need to adopt an intersectional lens (see Mahbuba Nasreen's talk: 'Building resilience, a gendered and intersectional discourse' on how this was done in Bangladesh).