CfP: Epidemics and Contagion in Slavic and East European Studies

CfP: Epidemics and Contagion in Slavic and East European Studies

Hamilton College

March 3-4, 2023

Clinton, NY


The working group “Medical Humanities in Slavic and East European Studies” at Hamilton College, Yale University, and Brown University invites proposals for papers at a symposium hosted by Hamilton College on March 3-4, 2023.


This two-day symposium aims to foster collaboration and intellectual exchange amongst researchers who are currently investigating the representation of epidemics and contagion in Slavic and East European Studies (SEES). We invite participants to discuss how epidemics affected the historical, artistic, and literary landscape of Eastern Europe and Russia and, in turn, how cultural perceptions of epidemics challenged predominant medical narratives and histories of public health. We welcome proposals from a variety of disciplines, including literature, history, ethnography, and medical anthropology. We are especially interested in approaches that consider epidemics within medical geographies, focusing on the asymmetrical power relations between metropolitan and rural areas, Imperial centers, peripheries, and frontiers. 


Keynote Speaker: Alfred Thomas (University of Illinois Chicago), “The Brown Plague and the White Sickness: Politics as Plague in Karel Čapek’s Bila nemoc and Albert Camus’ La peste.”


The conference will be held in person, with the possibility of joining remotely.


To be considered, please submit a title and a short abstract (up to 250 words) to by December 18th, 2022. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of December. Please direct any inquiries to the organizers Giulia Dossi, Natalia Vygovskaia, and Valeriia Mutc at