The UniSA Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence's ‘Monnet Conversations’ video series draws together a diverse range of interviews, seminars and dialogues recorded with preeminent representatives from business, civil society and researchers on the pressing global issues concerning European integration and EU-Australia relations. Participants of 'Monnet Conversations' recordings span disciplinary boundaries and are based across Europe and Australasia, and thus bring a rich collection of experiences and differential and contextual knowledge to their discussion.

The activities that are recorded and included in Monnet Conversations are funded by the University of the South Australia and the European Union through ERASMUS+ Grants, including the Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, the Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility: EU and Australasian Innovations (CCAMEU) Jean Monnet Network and Discourses on European Union I4.0 Innovation (DEUI4I) Jean Monnet Project.


Episode 1: Business responses to COVID-19 in Europe

In the first episode of this new UniSA Series - Monnet Conversations - Professor Anthony Elliott (Executive Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence) talks to European consulting and business leaders, Mr Ralf Blomqvist (Main Dialog, Sweden) and Mr Bo-Magnus Salenius (TalentMiles, Finland), about the impacts of COVID-19 on European enterprise and culture. Their discussion focuses on organizational change in the aftermath of COVID-19 and looks at how European companies are responding to, and coping with, new challenges and burdens.

COVID-19 is causing major disruptions to mobility, work and daily lives. While businesses in exposed sectors, including those that rely on international tourism, have had to pause their operations, many workers and business leaders are finding new ways to adapt their operations to the COVID-19 landscape. From working at home to social distanced customer service and online university seminars, the speed of industry adaptation has been remarkable. In Monnet Conversations, Professor Elliott, Mr Blomqvist and Mr Salenius examine these economic and social changes and assess what their lasting impacts might be. They question whether COVID-19 has accelerated certain inevitable social and business developments or whether it has motivated the creation of unforeseen and novel working scenarios. They look at whether we have entered a “new normal” in terms of distanced working and social interaction, or whether there will likely be a return to a pre-COVID-19 style social environment.

Participants

Professor Anthony Elliott, Executive Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and Network, University of South Australia

Mr Bo-Magnus Salenius, Co-Founder of Talentmiles, Finland

Mr Ralf Blomqvist, Partner of MainDialog, Sweden


Episode 2: The Coronavirus Upheaval: Bauman, Beck and Rethinking the Politics of Global Pandemics

Responses to the coronavirus - from politicians to policymakers to the public - are often presented as a binary choice between public health versus the economy. This episode of Monnet Conversations turns to modern European social thought to address new ways of responding to COVID-19 other than the dualism of lives saved and the economic costs of saving those lives.

The episode considers these fundamental questions by looking at the contributions of the late Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, and the late German social theorist Ulrich Beck. Bauman’s reflections on wasted lives, disposability, moral uncertainty and liquidization are framed in relation to the global pandemic. Beck’s reflections on risk, reflexivity and the fortunes of global cosmopolitanism are situated in terms of the consequences of the pandemic's profound transformation of social life.

Joining Anthony Elliott for this episode of Monnet Conversations are Peter Beilharz, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at La Trobe University, Australia; Sven Kesselring, Professor of Automotive Management at Nürtingen-Geislingen University, Germany; and Ingrid Biese, Research Associate at the Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Participants

Professor Anthony Elliott, Executive Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and Network, University of South Australia

Professor Peter Beilharz, Professor of Critical Theory, Sichuan University, Chengdu, PRC and Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University, Australia

Professor Sven Kesselring, Professor of Automotive Management at Nürtingen-Geislingen University, Germany

Dr Ingrid Biese, Research Associate at the Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki, Finland