Conference Program: Recovery, reconfiguration, and repair

Conference Program

Recovery, reconfiguration, and repair

Mobilising the social sciences and humanities for a post-pandemic world

Alfred Deakin Institute International Conference 11–12 November 2021

We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri, Wadawurrung and Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin nations, and the Gunditjmara people as the traditional owners of the lands on which Deakin University’s Burwood, Geelong, Melbourne city, and Warrnambool campuses stand. We pay our respects to elders past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty over these lands was never ceded. We further acknowledge the traditional owners of all unceded Indigenous lands from which participants will be joining this virtual conference.

Conference Theme:

Human crises of the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic expose the foundations of our lives and compel questions about the possibilities for our futures. The pandemic—a crisis simultaneously medical, cultural, political, ecological, and economic—has carved new fault-lines within our societies, intensified existing ones, and also opened new possibilities for care and human solidarity. COVID-19 is, or should be, both a “wake up call” (Delanty, 2020) and a “portal” (Roy 2020). The possibilities of a post-COVID world, then, rest not only on questions of vaccination or herd immunity, but on multifaceted, human processes of recovery, reconfiguration, and repair. The social sciences and humanities are powerfully placed to inform these processes and the kinds of post-COVID world we may yet inhabit.

In this global, interdisciplinary conference we invite panels and papers that draw from the humanities and social science disciplines to attend to these urgent tasks of recovery, reconfiguration, and repair. In doing so, we also acknowledge and invite consideration of the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic represents only one of many intersecting crises, both acute and ongoing, with which many people and places have had to contend. These include the ongoing crises of settler colonialism and postcoloniality, climate change, ecological destruction, as well as what theorist Lauren Berlant describes as the crisis ordinariness of precarious life in late capitalism. We seek to attend, as well, to the unequal distributions of risk and vulnerability throughout the pandemic, including between the Global South and North.

Conference General Information

Conference Conveners

Dr Victoria Stead & Associate Professor Maurizio Meloni

Time zones

The times listed in this document are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) and are correct for Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and elsewhere in that time zone. If you are joining from elsewhere, please make sure you adjust the times accordingly. Please see click here to help you do this.

Virtual Conference Platform

The ADI 2021 Conference will run 100% online via a virtual conference platform. A link to this will be sent to all registered attendees 2 weeks prior to the conference. There is no need download any specific software to access the conference platform – you will only require access to the internet and the web address provided. If you are presenting in the conference you will also need access to Zoom.


There will be a virtual helpdesk running on Zoom during the conference. You will be provided the Zoom details one week prior to the conference commencing.

General enquiries

Please contact Arif Saba at

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