Online event: Cultural Consequences of COVID: Understanding the Pandemic


On 23 June 2022, 16:00 – 17:00 IST Prof. Sarah Heinz will give a talk on the topic of “At Home in the Pandemic: Lockdown Novels and the Politics of Home under COVID-19”

Signing up is free, but essential!

In this webinar, which is a collaboration between the Royal Irish Academy and the Moore Institute at NUIG, two leading cultural critics will analyse the impact of the pandemic as part of the RIA series Perspectives and Pathways in a Time of Crisis. The session will begin with Professor Heinz exploring how lockdown novels in English published since 2020 have represented homemaking practices, domestic relations, and emotional experiences during the crisis. Professor Negra will consider trends in customer service in everyday Irish life which have rapidly accelerated during the pandemic, from branch closures to staff shortages, the stigmatization of cash, delivery delays and steep price increases, redefining the position of the “customer”.


  • Professor Sarah Heinz (University of Vienna): “At Home in the Pandemic: Lockdown Novels and the Politics of Home under COVID-19” Professor
  • Diane Negra, MRIA (University College Dublin):“COVID-19 and the New Terms of Customer Service"
  • Chair: Professor Daniel Carey of the Moore Institute NUIG and RIA Secretary for Polite Literature and Antiquities

Booking is free but essential. Registrants will receive further information and a zoom link for attendance in advance of the session. Queries should be directed to

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