Virtual Conference "From the Black Death to COVID-19: Airborne Diseases in History, Culture, and Literature," November 16-18, 2022

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November 16, 2022 to November 18, 2022
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, British History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Humanities


Virtual Conference 
"From the Black Death to COVID-19: Airborne Diseases in History, Culture, and Literature"


Join us for our upcoming virtual conference “From the Black Death to COVID-19: Airborne Diseases in History, Culture, and Literature,” held online via Zoom on November 16-18, 2022. We will convene at Wednesday, November 16, 2022: 9:00am — 6:30pm (CET), Thursday, November 17, 2022: 11:00am — 8:15pm (CET), Friday, November, 2022: 12:00am — 7:00pm (CET).

Bringing together research from across the globe, this conference presents engagements with airborne diseases across a diverse thematic landscape. Tracing the history of airborne diseases across multiple scholarly fields, this virtual conference platforms significant discourse engaging with air, pollution, viruses, and health. The talks that constitute this conference consider representations of airborne diseases, directly interrogating how such representations help us better understand the complexity of air in the context of epidemics and pandemics. The speakers address topics inclusive of, but not limited to, contagion and transmission, zoonotic diseases, infections, death, air, air pollution by viruses, media and literary representations of disease and medicine, and questions of protection in an era of pandemics.

Details of each panel, alongside further information pertaining to the keynote talks by Samantha Allen Wright (William Penn University),
Vesta T. Silva (Allegheny College), and Monika Pietrzak-Franger (University of Vienna), and the Zoom link can be found here:

Conference attendance is free and open to all interested parties. Please email to register and do feel free to share this to all those you feel might be interested in attending.

We are very much looking forward to meeting you virtually!

Contact Info: 

Dr. Tatiana Konrad, MA 

Savannah Schaufler, MSc

Chantelle Mitchell, MA 

Department of English and American Studies, University of Vienna