Conférence : « Pandemics in local and historical cosmologies. From the earliest documents to COVID-19 » – 20 et 21 mai 2022

Programme au format pdf : Pandemics Program_final



From the earliest documents to COVID-19


May 20-21, 2022


International Multidisciplinary Conference, Organised by:

Centre for Oriental Studies and Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore – University of Tartu;

Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités École pratique des hautes études;

Institut für Religionswissenschaft Universität Bern;

Abteilung für Mongolistik und Tibetstudien Institut für Orient und Asienwissenschaften (IOA)

Universität Bonn.


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(Tartu, Ülikooli 16, room 214)


10:00 – 10:15 – Opening of the Conference


10:15 – 12:15

Panel 1

(Chairing: Ülo Valk, University of Tartu)


Alina Oprelianska (University of Tartu) "God is Dead: Luciferase, God’s Gene, and COVID-19 Vaccines in the Antichrist Advent Belief Narratives"

Dmytro Yesypenko (University of Alberta) “Voiceless Subaltern, Vampires and ‘Religious Plague’ in Ivan Franko’s Epidemic Narratives”

Anastasiya Fiadotava (Estonian Literary Museum) “Internet Folklore at the Times of Global Pandemic: COVID-19 in Belarusian Online Humor”

Anastasiya Astapova (University of Tartu) “From COVID-19 to the War in Ukraine: Conspiratorial Thinking among Russian-speakers in Estonia”


12:15 – 14:00 - Lunch


14:00 – 16:00

Panel 2

(Chairing: Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz, University of Bern)


Ines Stolpe (University of Bonn) “Resilience as Potentiality in Mongolia”

Joanna Dolińska-Streltsov (University of Warsaw) “Public Discourse Concerning COVID-19 Pandemic in Mongolia in the Years 2020-2021: From the Early Pandemic Perseverance Through the Political Upheavals up to the Successful Vaccination Diplomacy”

Anna D. Tsendina (National Research University Higher School of Economics) “Folk Medical Books of the Mongols (dom-un sudur) XVII – early ХХ century”

Ayur Zhanaev (Warsaw University) “Causes of Plagues According to Buddhist Texts for the Buryat laity (19th and beg. 20th c.)”


16:00 – 16:15 – Coffee break


16:15 – 17:45

Panel 3

(Chairing: Alevtina Solovyeva, University of Tartu)


Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz (University of Bern) "`Subduer of the troops of demons' (bdud kyi dpung rnams `joms mdzod ma): disease in the gCod tradition of Tibetan Buddhism"

Wan De Jia(University of Cambridge)”Mountains and Virus: an Observation on the Local Anti-epidemic in a Tibetan Village During COVID-19 in the 2020”

Kikee D Bhutia (University of Tartu) “Reinvention of Religion and Ritual Amidst COVID-19 in Sikkim”



(Tartu, Ülikooli 16, room 214)


10:00 – 12:00

Panel 4

(Chairing: Alina Oprelianska, University of Tartu)


Monalisha Medhi, Pallabi Borah (Gauhati University) “Traditional Healing Practice during Covid-19”

Pallabi Borah (Gauhati University) “Social Memory and Social History: Revisiting the Kala-azar Epidemic in Colonial Northeast India”

Conghui Wang (University of Tartu) “A Brief Analytical Narrative of Epidemic Anthropomorphic Figures in Early Ancient China: From Plague Ghosts to Plague Gods”

Kevin Kind (Johns Hopkins University) “Protecting the Musulman Children: The Xiang Army, Smallpox, and the Origins of Mass Vaccination in Late Qing Turpan, 1881-1911”


12:00 – 13:45 – Lunch


13:45 – 15:45

Panel 5

(Chairing: Grégory Delaplace, École pratique des hautes études)


Christos Lynteris (University of St Andrews) “The Staggering Rat and the Yunnan Plague Narrative”

Elizaveta Volchkova (National Research University Higher School of Economics) “Popular Perception of the Plague Epidemic in Guangzhou, China in 1894”

Olga Mazo, Aglaya Starostina (National Research University Higher School of Economics) “Origins of Xu Xun, a Chinese Medieval Protector from Epidemics”

Aglaya Starostina (National Research University Higher School of Economics) “The Evolution of the ‘Bat Soup’ Rumour on the Internet”


15:45 – Conclusive Discussions and Closing of the Conference


Organising Committee:

Alevtina Solovyeva

Alina Oprelianska

Grégory Delaplace

Ines Stolpe

Isabelle Charleux

Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz

Ülo Valk