Representations of Pandemic in Literature (International Conference)

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Ataturk University


* DEADLINE EXTENSION *  Send your abstracts by 15 January 2021

Abstract proposals for 20-minute paper presentations are invited for a two-day virtual conference hosted by Ataturk University in Erzurum, Turkey. This international conference on pandemic and its representations in literature will be held on 26-27 March 2021.

The all-pervading pandemic Covid 19 has hit humanity in all its deadliness and led to an overall chaos having probable signs of future anarchy. Causing mass deaths and putting lives in danger, it has inevitably reminded us of the memories and accounts of past pandemics. Although historical documents and statistical data help us learn about births and growths of pandemics, literature intends to provide us with a humanistic perspective on life after a pandemic and includes accounts of pandemics all reflecting the human condition at such times of deep crises. Albert Camus’ The Plague, Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year, Ahmed Ali’s Twilight in Delhi, Jack London’s The Scarlet Plague, Edgar Alan Poe’s The Mask of the Red Death and Antonin Artaud’s essay “Theatre and the Plague” are some of the many texts that tackle the impact of pandemics on societies as well as unearthing the relation between pandemics and cultural products.

International Conference on Representations of Pandemic in Literature seeks to illustrate and explore the theme of pandemics as it has been handled in literary works of all kinds. It aims to focus on the problematic relation between pandemics and individuals and societies. The topics that could be explored in the conference include but are not limited to:

• Pandemic as apocalypse

• Pandemic and loss of human values/moral decline

• Pandemic and politics 

• Pandemic and gender

• Pandemic and disability studies

• Pandemic and medical humanities

• Pandemic and psychology/human behaviour

• Pandemic and culture

• Pandemic and ecology

• Pandemic and religion

• Pandemic and crime

• Pandemic and existential philosophy      

Abstracts of 200-300 words and a short bio (100-150 words) in Word format should be sent to with subject title 'Representations of Pandemic in Literature’ by 15 January 2021 for consideration by the conference committee. Decisions will be announced by 20 January 2021.

All abstracts will be published in conference proceedings, which will be digitally sent to the presenters after the conference.

CONFERENCE FEE (Bank details to be announced)

REGISTRATION RATES (Participation with Paper)

All Participants: 50 Euros/For Graduate Students: 30 Euros

Early-bird Registration: 35 Euros/For Graduate Students: 20 Euros (Early-bird dates will be announced once the decisions for presentations are made)

REGISTRATION RATES (Participation without Paper / Audience only )

All Participants: 20 Euros