Call for abstracts


  • On 11th March 2020, the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a pandemic for humanity.
  • On 11th March 2021, more than 2.5 million people have died from the coronavirus worldwide, and this crisis has caused major upheavals in our societies.
  • On 10th and 11th March 2022, the University of Tours is organising an international interdisciplinary symposium to take stock of the scientific and societal aspects of the past two years and to discuss the prospects for the years to come.

The Covid-19 crisis has affected all areas of society at all levels, with consequences on the social, economic, legal, political, psychological, educational, ecological, digital, communicational, artistic and technological levels, etc. To fully understand it, it is necessary to analyse it from different angles, whether at an individual, collective or societal level. This crisis reveals more than ever the links between these different issues and our lifestyles. From a research point of view, this crisis is also a way to engage even more in inter- and trans-disciplinary scientific approaches to these issues in order to foster the emergence of new perspectives on how we view science and how to deal with issues such as those mentioned.

"The word "crisis" in Chinese is represented by two ideograms that mean danger and opportunity. There is always an opportunity in a crisis to change, to open up to something else, to understand the causes and to try to draw the consequences. It can be an awareness that allows us to live differently, both individually and collectively" (Frédéric Lenoir).

This conference aims to stimulate research on the causes, issues and consequences (positive and negative) of the crisis linked to Covid-19 on our society. The expected contributions should be original and should aim to account for the impacts of the pandemic on the individual, as a social and economic actor, citizen, consumer or litigant, but also on our societies. This event is also an opportunity to examine the injunctions to continuity and discontinuity during this period of crisis and to analyse the consequences. The question of the possible transformation of economic, social and societal models and the individual and collective issues at stake can be raised.

As an indication, and without being an exhaustive list, the presentations could mobilise various disciplines (anthropology, arts, medicine, education sciences, management sciences, information and communication sciences, legal, political and psychological sciences, sociology, etc.) and could deal, among others, with the following subjects:

  • Better understanding the causes of the crisis
  • Stakes and economic models
  • Responses to government injunctions
  • Continuity and discontinuity in times of crisis
  • Information and misinformation in times of crisis
  • Individual, medical, social and societal consequences
  • Psychology: negative and positive effects
  • Education, practices, transformations
  • Sustaining the measures put in place during the crisis
  • Management of private and public sector activities
  • Organisational and managerial models 
  • Lessons to be learned?
  • Towards new models?
  • Etc.


  • Eloi LAURENT, economist at the OFCE (Observatoire Français des Conjonctures Economiques), professor at Sciences-Po and Stanford University.
  • Patrick PERETTI-WATEL, sociologist at INSERM (Institut National de la Santé Et de la Recherche Médicale), laboratory for Economic and Social Sciences of Health and Medical Information Processing (SESSTIM), and at the Observatoire Régional de la Santé Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.


  • The oral communications will last 20 minutes.
  • Posters will be presented in a special session.
  • Papers will be in French or English.
  • Proposals for oral and poster presentations should be made on and should follow the templates provided there.

The proposals will be reviewed in double blind by the members of the scientific committee, composed of international researchers in the different disciplines concerned.

Given the current state of the health situation, the conference is envisaged as a hybrid. The selected communications can be either face-to-face or remote, according to the choice of the communicators. If you choose to communicate face-to-face in Tours, the organisation will not cover your travel, accommodation and meal expenses, except for the coffee breaks indicated in the programme.

Online submission here:

  • 31.10.2021: Deadline for submission of abstracts.
  • 15.12.2021: Return to authors.
  • 01.03.2022: Deadline for submission of full papers.
  • 09.03.2022: End of online registration (mandatory) at the same address in the corresponding section.

The "abstract" file in Word format will follow the template provided on the platform and will contain :

  • the title of the presentation
  • the name of the authors, their laboratory and university / affiliation (country)
  • an abstract of one page maximum (not including references) with a description of the research theme and problem in relation to Covid-19
  • proposals will follow a "theory/method/results/discussion" format, with the exception of proposals on law or aimed at providing theoretical insight.
  • 5 keywords.

The "full text" file requested from contributors whose presentations have been accepted by the scientific committee will be in Word format and must follow the template provided on the platform.


At the end of the conference, a collective work is envisaged to valorise the oral and poster communications and to propose an interdisciplinary collaborative work on this crisis linked to Covid-19.

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Thank you in advance.


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