Online Symposium on Pandemics

Call for Submissions

  • Date: Thursday 29 October 2020
  • Time: 13:00-21:30
  • Place: Socrates Symposium Room, ATINER, 8 Valaoritou Street, Kolonaki, Athens, Greece.
  • Deadline to submit an abstract: Monday, 29 June 2020
  • Acceptance Decisions of Abstract: by Monday 6 July 2020
  • Deadline to submit the full paper: by Monday 31 August 2020
  • Acceptance Decisions of the Paper: by Monday 21 September 2020
  • Registration Fee: €300

The first known outbreak of a pandemic took place in Athens in BCE430. Pericles was infected and died. Thucydides was infected but survived giving an excellent description of the symptoms as well as the historical significance of the pandemic by examining its political, social, economic and philosophical (ethical) impacts. ATINER invites the synchronous academic politeia to philosophize about the social, economic, political, philological, medical and ethical repercussions of great historical pandemics. The synchronous pandemic has also serious effects on how education and research is carried out.

ATINER is organizing this small symposium mimicking Plato’s Symposiums but this time the place will not be Agathon’s House in the center of Athens but the virtual venue will be the stratosphere of academics. A limited number of academics from the whole ecumene and epistemes will be accepted to present their work using the synchronous technology of remote communication. Humanity must be thankful to Hermes and Prometheus for providing the new means of bringing together the ecumenical academic politeia.

Proposals from all disciplines are invited which include history, medicine, social sciences, business & economics, arts, etc. All accepted papers will be considered for publication in one of the 15 eJournals published by the Athens Institute for Education and Research. Abstracts and papers are evaluated based on the recommendations of at least two blind reviewers.

Please send your proposal to Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER using the online form