Call for Chapters

Trauma and Covid-19: Transdisciplinary Perspectives

Deadline for application submissions: November 1, 2022

We entered the Covid-19 pandemic in February 2020, and since then, it seems that there has been a “pre” pandemic life, pandemic life, and the desire for a fully post-pandemic time. Trauma research throughout disciplines has focused on popular responses to pandemic realities – surging mortality, isolation, increased fear, media messaging, government management, mask and vaccine use, food and supplies shortfalls, ventilator scarcity, and blame assignment. 

This volume within the Transdisciplinary Trauma Studies series considers the trauma of the Covid-19 pandemic. It foregrounds the understanding that the catastrophe that is this pandemic will not reach an end date. There is no return to “normal”. This in itself contributes to trauma. The volume also recognizes this pandemic’s opportunity for discourse on the nature of trauma. What is the trauma of the pandemic, particularly the Covid-19 pandemic? Where is the trauma located within the spheres of public and private life? How have pandemic-specific political strategies for containment and resolution intersected with or created narratives about history, race, age, disability, gender, social media, news and information? What meaning will be made – or is already being made – of the pandemic, and what is the role of technology in the process of trauma-related meaning-making? Were we really “all in this together”, building a collective memory? Was collective memory of the pandemic actually possible?

Timeline and Procedure:

Proposals with 250 words (Max), including information on the conceptual and methodological framework that the authors expect to use in their chapter, as well as a keyword list of terms and phrases most relevant and represented within the chapter, should be sent to the following email address:

The application deadline is November 1, 2022, and the completed chapters are due by January 30, 2023.

Further information is available in the pdf below: