deadline for submissions: 
December 7, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
EROSS, Dublin City University
contact email: 



This volume presents different facets of the existing dialogue between COVID-19 and cultural memory in Ireland from a plural set of disciplines and perspectives, including agency, arts, politics, health, and society. This publication is looking at the global COVID-19 crisis and its significant effects on the dynamics of Irish society, the economic and political order, and the Arts.


More specifically, the publication aims to draw parallels between the HIV/AIDS pandemic and COVID-19 in Ireland. In doing so, it aims to focus on the role of memory of HIV/AIDS and the current COVID-19, be it cultural, historical, medical, and social, in responding to a crisis of that scale. During the start of the 1980s, the world faced a new and unknown virus, which caused a pandemic associated with illness, fear and death. Debates and discourses linking HIV/AIDS with gay men and drug addiction led to the rise of rampant homophobia and stigmatisation and, therefore, a widespread rejection and lack of interest towards the cultural representations of the pandemic. Almost 40 years later, the world is faced yet again with a new and unknown virus, which caused a pandemic associated with illness, fear and death. To what extent has the Irish experience with HIV/AIDS prepared us to deal with COVID-19? How do Irish responses to the two pandemics differ, and what does this say about Irish society and culture? 


This volume examines the role of culture in developing social, cultural and political discourses of HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 from a contemporary Irish viewpoint. We examine the memory of HIV/AIDS as a powerful tool to navigate representations of the past and connect them with responses to present and future crises, such as the one of COVID-19. Remembering plays a key role in generating collective memory, which allows for the exchange of mnemonic content between individual minds, and creates discourses on memory and commemoration. This publication aims at exploring whether remembering disseminates versions of the past that may affect the present and future. 



We are looking for chapters focusing on COVID-19 Ireland, gender, sexuality and:

  • Memory and culture.

  • Social distancing, cohesion and inequality.

  • Democratic societies and personal liberties.

  • Women, violence and sex work/prostitution.

  • Pornography.

  • Health concerns, economic and political crises.

  • Irish arts as a means to survive, represent, transcend.

  • Artists, cultural and creative industries.


Abstract: 300 words, 5 key words

Short bio: 200 words



Deadline for Submission of Abstract proposals: Monday 7th December 2020

Answer from Academic Committee: Monday 4th January 2021

Date of Reception of Chapters: Monday 31st May 2021

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