What are the social, eco­nom­ic and polit­i­cal effects of the pan­dem­ic? How do we deal best with the sit­u­a­tion? And what could a future after the pan­dem­ic look like?

Acad­e­mia Supe­ri­or was found­ed at a time when the great finan­cial cri­sis of 2008 caught the world com­plete­ly unpre­pared. Since then, the basis of our work have been the “sur­prise fac­tors” — events that hit our soci­ety unpre­pared, but which have a major impact on our lives.

The Coro­na cri­sis is prob­a­bly the strongest proof in recent years that we live in a „script-free time”. The con­crete effects of the “Sur­prise Fac­tor Coro­na” can­not be pre­dict­ed today. Markus Hengstschläger dis­cuss­es first thoughts on pos­si­ble effects in con­ver­sa­tion with excel­lent per­son­al­i­ties in the Acad­e­mia Supe­ri­or Vlog „Sur­prise Fac­tor Coro­na”.

The talks are in Ger­man


Episode 1: Konrad P. Liessmann

In the first episode, the philoso­pher and author Kon­rad Paul Liess­mann talks with Markus Hengstschläger about the social impact of the pan­dem­ic. His appeal is: „Expect the worst, do every­thing you can to pre­vent it and be skep­ti­cal.”

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Episode 2: Andreas Salcher

In the sec­ond episode, Markus Hengstschläger talks to the author and edu­ca­tion expert Andreas Salch­er. He sees a huge oppor­tu­ni­ty for the edu­ca­tion sys­tem in the cri­sis, “if we pro­mote what are con­sid­ered ‘21st cen­tu­ry skills’: social intel­li­gence, cri­sis abil­i­ty, deal­ing with unsafe sit­u­a­tions and fears, team learn­ing, the bud­dy prin­ci­ple.”

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Episode 3: Rainer Nowak

In episode three, Markus Hengstschläger and the chief edi­tor of „Die Presse” Rain­er Nowak deal with the effects of the pan­dem­ic on soci­ety and jour­nal­ism. For Novak, the cri­sis makes it clear that jour­nal­ists, but also their inter­locu­tors, have to admit that they can­not always know every­thing.

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Episode 4: Reinhard Haller

The psy­chi­a­trist, psy­chother­a­pist and non-fic­tion author Rein­hard Haller is guest in our video series in the fourth episode. Markus Hengstschläger talks to him about the effects of the pan­dem­ic on soci­ety and the human psy­che. Rein­hard Haller also sees pos­i­tive things in the cri­sis, because „the coro­na virus frees peo­ple from their nar­cis­sis­tic high-alti­tude intox­i­ca­tion”.

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Episode 5: Monika Langthaler

In this episode, Markus Hengstschläger speaks with Moni­ka Langth­aler, man­ag­ing direc­tor of „brains­bows”, vice-pres­i­dent of the „Ökosoziales Forum Öster­re­ich ” and direc­tor of the „Aus­tri­an World Sum­mit” about the effects of the pan­dem­ic on the envi­ron­ment and how we can deal with this cri­sis in the future. We have to keep in mind that „the dif­fer­ence to the coro­na cri­sis is, that there is no vac­ci­na­tion against cli­mate cri­sis.”

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Episode 6: Christiane Spiel

Togeth­er with the edu­ca­tion­al psy­chol­o­gist Chris­tiane Spiel, Markus Hengstschläger dis­cuss­es the effects of the pan­dem­ic on stu­dents and the edu­ca­tion sys­tem. Cen­tral is also the ques­tion of how knowl­edge should be con­veyed to soci­ety and the media in the future. Because this „exchange of knowl­edge with soci­ety — and that includes pol­i­tics — is the third mis­sion of uni­ver­si­ties”, empha­sizes Chris­tiane Spiel.

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Episode 7: Stella Rollig

Stel­la Rol­lig, Gen­er­al Direc­tor and Sci­en­tif­ic Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of the Belvedere in Vien­na, and Markus Hengstschläger talk about the effects of the pan­dem­ic on the art and cul­tur­al scene. She is cer­tain: „We will have to be a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent house and have a dif­fer­ent audi­ence, and of course that also opens up new oppor­tu­ni­ties.”

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Episode 8: Josef Penninger

The two geneti­cists Josef Pen­ninger and Markus Hengstschläger ask when there will be effec­tive drugs and ulti­mate­ly a vac­ci­na­tion. „The chances that it’ll just go away is maybe five per­cent. What is like­ly to hap­pen is that it becomes sea­son­al,” says Pen­ninger.

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Episode 9: Jesus Crespo Cuaresma

In the ninth episode, the econ­o­mist Jesus Cre­spo Cuares­ma talks to Markus Hengstschläger about the eco­nom­ic effects of the pan­dem­ic. The lack of avail­abil­i­ty of data in Aus­tria pos­es a chal­lenge in cal­cu­lat­ing the con­se­quences. This would be nec­es­sary in order to eval­u­ate both fis­cal pol­i­cy mea­sures „and to be able to con­sid­er and mea­sure causal mech­a­nisms”.

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Episode 10: Franz Welser-Möst

This time Markus Hengstschläger speaks to the con­duc­tor of the „Cleve­land Orches­tra” Franz Welser-Möst about the con­se­quences of the pan­dem­ic on art and cul­ture. He appeals: don’t only look at the big ones, also sup­port the small cul­tur­al ini­tia­tives. Oth­er­wise „not only you sud­den­ly lose a local sup­ply of music, but also many oppor­tu­ni­ties for young musi­cians to per­form and that will fall on our heads years lat­er.”

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Episode 11: Melinda Crane

In the eleventh episode, the jour­nal­ist, pre­sen­ter and US expert Melin­da Crane speaks with Markus Hengstschläger about the social, polit­i­cal and eco­nom­ic effects of the pan­dem­ic on states. What she noticed rel­a­tive­ly ear­ly is how “strong­ly trust cor­re­lates with good cri­sis man­age­ment around the world.”

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Episode 12: Nadia Thalmann

In the twelfth episode, Markus Hengstschläger talks to the robot devel­op­er Nadia Thal­mann, who works in Sin­ga­pore, about the dif­fer­ent effects of the pan­dem­ic on Europe and Asia as well as about the devel­op­ment and use of robots. She empha­sizes that „the tech­nol­o­gy is not yet ready to do as much as you think.”

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Episode 13: Rudi Klausnitzer

This time the cul­tur­al man­ag­er, co-founder of Ö3 and big data expert Rudi Klaus­nitzer is our guest. Markus Hengstschläger talks to him about the influ­ence of dig­i­ti­za­tion on the media world and what good polit­i­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tion on a cri­sis should look like. When asked what pos­i­tive insights he took with him from the pan­dem­ic, he said: „Life is life-threat­en­ing, that means it is pre­cious and there­fore we should con­cen­trate on what is impor­tant to us.”

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