Global INTRAC Meeting 2020

The 2020 Global INTRAC Meeting took place online on 31 August and 1 September 2020, instead in Zürich as originally planned, because the Covid-19 lockdown travel restrictions. The sessions were recorded and are provided here as a record and for those who were unable to attend the meeting.

A total of 187 people signed up for the meeting, representing 40 countries from around the globe. Approximately 90-100 people were online with the meeting at any point in time – we’re not sure how many individuals actually participated in the meeting. 42% of participants were based in Europe, 25% in Africa, 22% in North America, 6% in Australia and 5% in Asia. We provide a screenshot of some of the participants below.

Feedback on the presentations was very positive. 97% rated the day 1 plenary presentations positively (indeed, a third rated them as ‘excellent’). All participants reporting enjoying the meeting overall ‘quite a lot’ (37%) or ‘very much’ (63%).

First we have the opening of the conference by Prof Emily Munro (University of Bedfordshire, England).

Prof Mark Courtney (University of Chicago, USA) presented an overview of his work and was then interviewed by Prof Varda Mann-Feder (Concordia University, Canada). Mark’s PowerPoint can be downloaded here.

This was followed by a presentation from Dr Rawan Ibrahim (German Jordanian University, Jordan), who was then interview by Prof Varda Mann-Feder (University of Concordia, Canada). Rawan’s PowerPoint can be downloaded here.

We then had two keynote speakers from Africa. First up was Dr Kwabena Frimpong-Manso (University of Ghana), who was then interviewed by Dr Tehila Refaeli (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev).

Zimbabwean care-leaving scholar, Dr Getrude Gwenzi (University of Johannesburg, South Africa) was next, and interviewed by Dr Tehila Refaeli (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev).

Wrapping up the first day was a dialogue between Prof Adrian van Breda (University of Johannesburg, South Africa) and Prof John Pinkerton (Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland) on Global North-South dialogue. They were interviewed by Dr Tehila Refaeli (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev).

The last plenary presentation took place on Day 2. It was a presentation by Prof Emily Munro (University of Bedfordshire, England) and Dr Tehila Refaeli (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) on a multinational study of care-leaving during Covid-19. They were interviewed by Prof Adrian van Breda (University of Johannesburg, South Africa).

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