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Pandemics and Society (PANSOC), Fall 2021, Zoom Seminars

14-08-2021 14:21

The Centre for Research on Pandemics and Society (PANSOC) at Oslo Metropolitan University is pleased to release our Fall 2021 seminar schedule. The seminar series showcases cutting-edge research on the health, social, and economic aspects of historical pandemics and COVID-19 by scholars from across the globe. Meetings will take place via Zoom and will be held on Thursdays from 1600–1700 Central European Time (10–11 AM US Eastern Time), except where noted.

To receive the Zoom link, please email the PANSOC co-leader Dr. Jessica Dimka (jessicad[at] Links to recordings of our Spring 2021 seminars are available at

Seminar Speakers and Topics

19 August
Elizabeth Wrigley-Field (University of Minnesota) & Martin Eiermann (University of Berkeley), “Racial Disparities in Mortality During the 1918 Influenza Pandemic in United States Cities”

2 September – SPECIAL TIME: 1700–1800 Central European Time
PANSOC’s MSCA Candidates: Alexandra Blinkova, Herzen State Pedagogical University (St. Petersburg, “Religious Views on COVID-19 as a Risk Factor in Prevention and Spread of Pandemic: A Case of Russia”; Ana Vuin, Charles Darwin University, “Regional Health Professional’s Experiences during the COVID-19 Crisis: Is There a Mismatch in Between the Theory and Practice?”

9 September
Ida Milne, Carlow College, “Forgetting and Remembering the Great Flu: Collecting and Shaping Narratives”

16 September
Mathias Mølbak Ingholt, Roskilde University, Denmark, “Occupational Characteristics and Spatial Differences During an Intermittent Fever Epidemic in Early 19th Century Denmark.”

23 September
Mary Sheehan, University of Melbourne, “Women and the Spanish Influenza Pandemic in Melbourne, Australia, in 1919”

30 September
Howard Phillips, University of Cape Town, “The Silence of the Survivors: South Africans and the Memory of the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918”

7 October
Guido Alfani, Bocconi University, “Unravelling the Mysteries of Seventeenth-Century Plagues: The Contribution of Micro-Demographic Approaches”

14 October
Lianne Tripp, University of Northern British Columbia, “The 1918/19 Influenza: Hidden Heterogeneity in an Island Population”

21 October
Amir Afkhami, The George Washington University, “From Cholera to COVID19: Continuity and Change in Iran’s Pandemic Experience”

28 October
Benedetta Scotti, Bocconi University and University of Bologna, “Putting COVID-19 into historical perspective: evidence from the mortality impact of the 1957-1958 and 1968-1970 flu pandemics in Italian provinces”

11 November
Sharon DeWitte, University of South Carolina, “Social Inequality and Pandemic Mortality: The Biosocial Context of the 14th-Century Black Death”

18 November
PANSOC’s Master’s Students: Carla Louise Hughes: “The Association between the 1918 Influenza Pandemic and Suicide Rates in Norway”; Lara Maria Dora Steinmetz: “How an Optimism Bias Influences the Degree of NPI Uptake during COVID-19 in Norway”

2 December
Madeleine Mant, University of Toronto Mississauga, “Going Viral: COVID-19 and Risk in Young Adult Health Behaviour Models”

9 December
Tamara Giles-Vernick, Institut Pasteur: “Complex local vulnerabilities and the COVID-19 pandemic in France”

16 December
John Eicher, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies and Pennsylvania State University – Altoona: “A Digital History Approach to Analyzing Memories of the 1918 Flu Pandemic”


Organization: Centre for Research on Pandemics and Society (PANSOC), Oslo Metropolitan University

More info: Dr. Jessica Dimka (jessicad[at]



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