The M4C-funded Pandemic Perspectives group seeks peer-reviewers from the M4C cohort in the fields
of classics, design, drama, history, philosophy, literature, political science, and Korean studies to
review 15 papers of 2500-3000 words’ length for publication in the upcoming volume of ‘Transactions
of Pandemic Perspectives 2021: Reflections on the Post-Pandemic World’.
The M4C has funded, for the first time, the publication of the transactions of a conference as a journal,
both online and in print. All aspects of the publishing of the journal will be conducted by the post-
graduate researchers associated with the Pandemic Perspectives group. This is potentially a huge
undertaking, and the group wishes to involve the wider M4C community in the journal’s construction.
Opportunities therefore exist for interested M4C students to develop skills in academic publishing and
peer-reviewing. To get involved in the publication of the journal contact
The Conference was held on 20th April 2021. It featured papers from three M4C institutions: the
University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University and University of Warwick, as well as from the
University of Oxford, University College London, University of Edinburgh, University of Copenhagen,
University of Toronto, University of Hyderabad and the University of Notre Dame. In keeping with the
interdisciplinary approach, papers were delivered on the impact of the pandemic on women’s health,
the built environment, culture (literature, television and theatre), the state and politics, and the
interaction of language and Covid-19. The two keynote speakers were Kalypso Nicolaides, Professor of
International Relations at the University of Oxford, who presented her paper on Coronavirus and the
democratic imagination, and Dr Marta Arnaldi of the University of Oxford, who explored the pandemic
through the lens of translation. The papers delivered were universally of a very high quality.
The Pandemic Perspectives group was formed in April 2020 to debate the impact of the pandemic on
‘future history’ and has met weekly via zoom ever since. The group strongly believes that only an
interdisciplinary approach can hope to understand the complexities of coronavirus’ impact, and
members include historians, literature researchers, philosophers, sociologists and political scientists.
It is led by PhD researchers from the Universities of Birmingham, Warwick and Edinburgh, and has
evolved from a core of M4C members into an international network of researchers and academics.
To find more about the group’s work, you can see summaries of the group’s debates, articles written by
the group, and the full conference programme on our website https://pandemic-perspectives-uk.com/
or via our twitter account @Pandemic_Persp