Covid-19 and the Control of Humans and Society

Guest editor(s)
David Conversi,
Submissions open 1st April 2022

Aims and Topics

This special issue aims to select papers highlighting the sanitary, social, and political policies and tools used to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic and its social, economic, political, cultural, and psychological effects. 

The Special Issue will be multidisciplinary and can be included in the study of Cybernetics according to Norbert Wiener's understanding of cybernetics as the science of control and communication in the Human, the animal, and the machine and as "the human use of human beings." Hence, this special issue strives for conceptualization, examination, and analysis through a multidisciplinary systemic frame of reference of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and anti-pandemic measures concerning society, organizations, businesses, and human behaviour. 

The special issue will consider a wide range of scientific approaches and their trans-disciplinary links from all domains of human, social, and ecological sciences, including contributing philosophy, psychology, sociology, economics, organizational science, and political sciences to highlight the changes brought by the pandemic and the impact of the political measures taken by governments on human beings, economies, and societies.


Tentative Schedule

  • 01 April 2022: submission opening 

  • 31 July 2022: submission deadline (first-round review). 

  • 31 December 2022: end of the peer-review process. 

  • By March 2023: Publication of the special issue 


Short CV of the Guest Editor

David Conversi Ph.D. is an associate professor of Psychobiology at the Psychology Department of the Sapienza University of Rome. He has been doing preclinical research on behavioral disorders and addiction psychobiology using animal models for more than twenty years, obtaining various national and international grants, and authoring many peer-reviewed international publications. He belongs to the Research Center "Neurobiology - Daniel Bovet" (CRiN). Moreover, he is also a licensed psychologist, cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist, and president of CoScienze Critiche, a non-profit association founded by academics and non-teaching staff from various Italian universities, pursuing social promotion by fostering critical thinking. 

Contact the Guest Editor: [email protected]