Pandemic Intellectuals

Søren Lund Frandsen*, Jakob Laage-Thomsen

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftKommentar/debatForskningpeer review


In this commentary we provide a selective overview of the kinds of insights that a sociology of expertise can provide in better articulating the stakes of current politico-epistemic conflicts catalysed by COVID-19. In doing so, we argue that one of the ways that sociology can fruitfully engage with the pre-, intra- and post-pandemic societal responses is through its distinctive perspective on expertise. To exemplify the potential of this perspective, we present three dimensions of the pandemic that a sociology of expertise opens up avenues for exploring: (a) the formation of expert publics; (b) transnational expert dynamics; and (c) expert moral authority. Together these three dimensions show how expertise constitutes a crucial nexus for understanding how contemporary societies respond to global crises.
TidsskriftActa Sociologica
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)436-438
Antal sider3
StatusUdgivet - nov. 2020

Bibliografisk note

Published online October 7, 2020.


  • Expertise
  • Science
  • Decision-making
  • COVID-19
  • Professionals
  • Transnational
  • Expert publics