The pandemic caused by Covid-19 still brings numerous challenges to all sectors of the global market, which, at different levels, still suffer the impacts arising from the health crisis. The situation also affects the context of contemporary cultural and artistic productions, as it permeates constraints that were accentuated in the epidemiological scenario. To debate the issue, the Five and a Half Tea project receives Paula Guerra, professor of sociology at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto (Portugal), to talk about the subject. The meeting takes place this Wednesday, 23rd, at the Social Research Centre (CPS) auditorium, at 5:30pm.

With the theme “A loop of uncertainty: the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in the contemporary cultural and artistic production”, the researcher points out that in Portugal, the creative work around popular music has not been object of a scientific investment. In this scenario, from semi-structured interviews, she mapped the inequalities and impacts of Covid-19 on the creative work of 40 Portuguese musicians – the fruit of an ongoing transnational research involving Portugal, the UK and Australia.

“In general, research has revealed an inescapable paradox facing musical creative work: if, on the one hand, this labour market presents cultural openness, dynamism and cosmopolitanism, on the other, it reveals patterns of inequality in terms of gender, precariousness of ties, contractual informality, atypicality of tasks, flexibility of roles,” Paula emphasises.

In the research, she points out that, in the world scenario, governments have imposed restrictions on social life in order to control the spread of the disease. In this perspective, different types of restrictions have been adopted, going through various degrees of social distancing and isolation, prohibition or restriction of social gatherings, travel, leisure and sports activities, and even going to school or work.

“The impact of these types of control and emergency measures on individual freedom and democracy, still to be ascertained, is likely to continue. Many measures will have to be maintained in the long term, some even becoming part of the ‘new normal’ for these musicians, leading to a rethinking of key concepts such as, risk, fear, panic, crisis and trust,” he highlights.

According to the professor and researcher of the Social Sciences Department, Felipe Maia, it is a privilege to receive Professor Paula Guerra, who has a very consolidated trajectory of performance in the field of sociology of culture and youth, with a large number of publications and collaborations in international projects. “The theme she brings to the ‘Tea’ is highly relevant in giving visibility to the conditions of uncertainty and inequality that mark cultural production, a theme she investigates from the field of music production in Portugal. It will undoubtedly be a great opportunity for UFJF researchers to get to know her work and prospect collaborations.”

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