The Aesthetics Of Epidemics. Middle Ages
December, 21 2020
What aesthetic impact did the epidemics leave on the literature, art, architecture, design, fashion, crafts, theater, and rituals of medieval towns? How did the creative artisans of the past rebuild, survive, develop, and self-isolate, and is there anything to learn from them for representatives of the creative industries of the COVID-19 era?

Epidemics had an enormous impact on the lives of people of the Middle Ages, claiming millions of lives and leaving a deep footprint not only on the social and economic life of the town and society, but also on the individual and collective consciousness, and – as a consequence – on literature, art, and all areas of creative activity.

With the participation of the editorial board of the AST "Times"
Valeria Kosyakova
Doctor of Culturology, member of the Association of Art Critics, a specialist in Visual
Studies and Culture of the Middle Ages, a lecturer at the Russian State University for the Humanities, author
of the books "Apocalypse of the Middle Ages: Hieronymus Bosch, Ivan the Terrible, End of the World", "Code
of the Middle Ages. Hieronymus Bosch" and "Hieronymus Bosch. Life and Work"
Sergei Zotov
Historian, associate researcher at the Duke Augustus Library (Germany), Ph.D.
student at the University of Warwick (UK), co-author of "The Suffering Middle Ages: Paradoxes of
Christian Iconography", winner of the 2018 Enlightener Prize, and author of "History of Alchemy.
The Journey of the Philosopher's Stone from the Bronze Age to the Atomic Age"
Svetlana Yatsyk
Medievalist historian, Doctor of History, researcher at the Laboratory of Medieval
Studies of the Higher School of Economics, Editor-in-Chief of Vox medii aevi, a visiting researcher at the National School of Charters
Georgy Lordkipanidze
Producer of the films "Euphoria", "Russia 88", "VMayakovsky", the series of
"Anthology of Contemporary Art", and creator of the project "Gardarika/History of StoGradya"