CoFi/Scientific Output/Conference 2023

Pandemic Protagonists. Viral (Re)Actions in Pandemic and Corona Fictions


The conference on “Pandemic Protagonists. Viral (Re)Actions in Pandemic and Corona Fictions” marked the culmination of a year of joint work on the eponymous edited volume and represented another milestone in our Corona Fictions project (FWF: P 34571).

If you wish to gain an overview of the conference, have a look at our Conference Report!

During the first mandatory lockdowns of the Covid-19 pandemic, citizens worldwide turned to ‘pandemic fictions’ or started to produce their own ‘Corona Fictions’ across different media. These accounts of (previously) experienced or imagined health crises feature a great variety of protagonists and their (re)actions in response to the exceptional circumstances.

The contributions take a closer look at different pandemic protagonists in fictional narratives relating to the Covid-19 pandemic as well as in existing pandemic fictions. Hereby, they  offer a diverse array of impressions into pandemic narratives from a cultural, literary, and media studies perspective from antiquity to today.

The preliminary program of the conference can be downloaded here.

On Friday, you can attend the conference in person; on Saturday, you can join us online. If you wish to participate, in both cases please register with: daniel.milkovits[a]