Modern Literature & Culture Research Centre & Gallery

Pandemic Debriefs

Tuesday, 14 June 2022, 2:00 – 5:00 PM EDT


2:00 – 2:05 PM

Panel I: Creativity & COVID-19


2:05 – 3:00 PM

Reframing Creativity
David Gauntlett & Valeria Duarte

COVID-19 Anxiety: Location, Refuge and Loss
Daniel Payne & Pam Patterson

The Rise of COVID-19 Diary Comics and Autotheory during the Pandemic
Griffen Horsley

Processing the Pandemic: COVID-19 and Comics
Barbara Postema


Panel II: Plasticity & COVID-19


3:05 – 4:00 PM

COVID-19 in the Suburbs: From Leisure Studies to Co-Presence in the City
Jeanine Webster

Fashioning the Face Mask During a Pandemic: From the Spanish Flu to COVID-19
Sephra Lamothe

E-Pimping on OnlyFans: Sex Labour during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Cassidy Rempel

Visual and Procedural Rhetoric: Immersing in Game Worlds during COVID-19
Alexander Hurezeanu




4:10 – 5:00 PM

The Fight for Climate after COVID-19
Alice C. Hill


  • Irene Gammel and Jason Wang
  • The graduate students in CC8836: Pandemic, Modernity and the Everyday
  • With the support of the Modern Literature and Culture (MLC) Research Centre


A special thank you goes to our symposium keynote speaker
Alice C. Hill, Council on Foreign Relations for her time and intellectual generosity

Thank you to the guest speakers in the course, whose ideas laid the foundation for this symposium

  • Will Straw, McGill University
  • Priscilla Wald, Duke University
  • Troy D. Glover, University of Waterloo
  • J. Michael Ryan, Nazarbayev University
  • Valerie Visanich, University of Malta
  • Tsitsi Ella Jaji, Duke University
  • Anna Triandafyllidou, Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Emmy Waldman, Bournemouth University
  • Barbara Postema, Groningen University

We thank the MLC Research Centre for support
Diamond Carvalho Rocha, Allison Kinahan, Renée LeBlanc Proctor, and Madeleine Sweenie


Download or view the symposium program (PDF)



MLCRC, Toronto Metropolitan University, York University, Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture, SSHRC, Oxford University Press, Council on Foreign Relations

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