Special Issues

​'​Understanding Grief'

Special issue of Journal of Consciousness Studies, 29 (9–10) (2022)

Editors: Matthew Ratcliffe, Louise Richardson & Becky Millar

Contributors and Titles

  • ​Matthew Ratcliffe, Louise Richardson & Becky Millar (University of York) - “Introduction”
  • Jennifer Radden (University of Massachusetts, Boston) - "The 'Pain' of Grief"
  • Dorothea Debus (University of Konstanz) and Louise Richardson (University of York) - “'Rather than Succour, My Memories Bring Eloquent Stabs of Pain': On the Ambiguous Role of Memory in Grief”
  • Michael Cholbi (University of Edinburgh) - “Grief as Attention”
  • Allan Køster (University of Aalborg) - ​“A Deeper Feeling of Grief"
  • Jan Slaby (Free University of Berlin) - “Intentionality’s Breaking Point: Lessons From Grief”
  • Kathleen Higgins (University of Texas at Austin) - “Music's Role in Relation to Phenomenological Aspects of Grief”
  • Jonathan Cole (Poole Hospital and University of Bournemouth) and Matthew Ratcliffe (University of York) - "Illness, Injury, and the Phenomenology of Loss: A Dialogue"
  • Eleanor A. Byrne (University of York) - "Grief in Chronic Illness: A Case Study of CFS/ ME"
  • Tasia Scrutton (University of Leeds) - “Interpretation and the Shaping of Experience: Theology of Suffering and C.S. Lewis's A Grief Observed
  • Joel Krueger and Lucy Osler (University of Exeter) - “Communing with the Dead Online: Chatbots, Grief, and Continuing Bonds”
  • Jason Throop (UCLA) - "The Gift of Grief"

​'Emotions of the Pandemic: Phenomenological Perspectives'

Special issue of Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 22/5 (December 2023)


Editors: Luna Dolezal & Matthew Ratcliffe


The COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying social restrictions have been associated with a range of emotional experiences, some of which are unusual, unsettling, disorienting, and puzzling. The aims of this special issue are twofold:

(1) To show how interdisciplinary phenomenological research can enhance our understanding
of individual and collective emotional experiences during the pandemic, including
experiences of anxiety, grief, shame, and distrust.

(2) To investigate how studying this unprecedented situation can further our understanding of
human emotional experience.

To pursue these aims, we will bring together the work of four major, collaborative research projects, all of which are currently engaging with various aspects of pandemic-experience:

Contributors and Titles

  • Luna Dolezal (University of Exeter) & Matthew Ratcliffe (University of York) - 'Emotions of the pandemic: phenomenological perspectives'
  • Anna Bortalan (Swansea University) - 'Healing Online? Anxiety and Self-Transformation in Pandemic Experience'
  • Mark James, Natalia Koshkina & Tom Froese (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology) - 'From tech to tact: emotion dysregulation in online communication during the COVID-19 pandemic' 
  • Emily Hughes (University of York) - 'Meaninglessness and Monotony in Pandemic Boredom'
  • Louise Richardson & Becky Millar (University of York) - 'Grief and the non-death losses of Covid-19'
  • Lucy Osler (University of Copenhagen) - 'WTF?! - Covid-19, indignation, and the internet'
  • Ruth Rebecca Tietjen (University of Copenhagen) - 'Feeling and performing "the crisis": on the affective phenomenology and politics of the corona crisis'
  • Allan Køster (Aarhus University) - 'Becoming anonymous: how strict COVID-19 isolation protocols impacted ICU patients'
  • Fabian Bernhardt & Jan Slaby (Freie Universität Berlin) - 'On being stuck: the pandemic crisis as affective stasis'
  • Matthew Ratcliffe (University of York) - 'Phenomenological reflections on grief during the COVID-19 pandemic'
  • Luna Dolezal & Arthur Rose (University of Exeter) - 'A Sartrean analysis of pandemic shaming'
  • Pablo Fernandez Velasco, Bastien Perroy, Umer Gurchani & Roberto Casati (Institut Jean-Nicod) - 'Lost in pandemic time: a phenomenological analysis of temporal disorientation during the Covid-19 crisis'
  • Shiloh Whitney (Fordham University) - 'Anger and uptake'
  • Kevin Aho (Florida Gulf Coast University) - '“We’re protecting them to death”—A Heideggerian interpretation of loneliness among older adults in long-term care facilities during COVID-19'