International Virtual Conference on Contagion Narratives: Society, Culture And Ecology Of The Global South

August 25, 2020 to August 26, 2020
Subject Fields:
Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Literature, Popular Culture Studies, South Asian History / Studies

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore astonishing discrepancies in response to the threat among different locations in the Global North and South. Emerging records of strategies and successes from different regions indicate that resourcefulness in handling the pandemic is not necessarily correlated with affluence or the availability of the best healthcare. The contagion that rapidly spread from China to Europe and the US, arguably, has effectively highlighted the flipside of both high capitalism and globalisation….

…As historian Yuval Harari noted, the virus SARS‐CoV‐2 has affected aspects of our lives that make us human, such as the possibility of close communication in a direct, face-to-face mode. If infectious diseases become recurring phenomena in a world transformed by climate change, all aspects of human life, including our notions of literature, films and other forms of art, would have to be re-thought. The ways in which our forms of aesthetic expression respond and change would be a matter of interest to this conference. Against this background, the two-day international virtual conference welcomes papers that analyses narratives from the Global South about deadly infectious diseases like COVID-19 by situating them in their wider medical (including biochemical), eco-social and cultural contexts. The conference is conceived as interdisciplinary and participants are encouraged to draw on theories ranging from the medical and environmental humanities, philosophy, gender, cultural and film studies, as well as various strands of social sciences.

Sub-themes include, but are not
limited to

  • Contagion and literature
  • Contagion and language
  • Contagion and climate change
  • Contagion and environment
  • Contagion and the Global South
  • Contagion and social challenges
  • Contagion and culture
  • Contagion and philosophy
  • Contagion and films
  • Contagion narratives and technology
  • Contagion and gender

Abstract Submission July 24, 2020  August 07, 2020
Notification of Abstract Acceptance July 31, 2020 August 14, 2020
Registration Opens August 12, 2020
Registration Ends August 21, 2020
Submission of Full Paper August 22, 2020

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Contact Info:

Dr Sreejith Varma R., Dr Jobin M. Kanjirakkat
Assistant Professors
Department of English, School of Social Sciences and
Languages, Vellore Institute of Technology
Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
PIN: 632014
Mobile: +91-9940236178, +91-9449305995