Pandemic Media: Preliminary Notes Towards an Inventory is a project initiated by the Graduate Research Training Program (Graduiertenkolleg) Konfigurationen des Films, which is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and hosted by the Institute of Theater, Film and Media Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt, in cooperation with the Institute of Media Studies at Philipps-Universität Marburg, the Institute of Film, Theater, Media and Culture Studies at Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz and the Hochschule für Gestaltung (University of Arts and Design) Offenbach am Main.

Pandemic Media came out of discussions in the research group at the onset of the pandemic in March-April 2020. The publication was conceived and organized by Laliv Melamed and Philipp Dominik Keidl, postdoc researchers in “Konfigurationen des Films”, with Vinzenz Hediger (project leader) and Antonio Somaini (professor of film, media and visual culture studies at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris). The publication was made possible through the editorial assistance of Fabian Wessels.

The editors wish to thank the numerous anonymous reviewers who agreed to assess the contributions on very short notice and without whose generosity the project would not have seen the light of day a mere six months into the pandemic. The editors would also like to thank Antoine D’Agata and Magnum Photos for the permission to use his work for the cover image.