The social impact of epidemics: A workshop marking 100 years of the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918

Centre for Welfare and Labour Research Oslo and Akershus University College
Date of event: 
September 3, 2018 - September 5, 2018
Oslo, Norway

The purpose of this workshop will be to focus on these social consequences of major epidemics – the influenza epidemic of 100 years ago and others. We wish to address questions such as: What types of social groups were more and which less, affected by the epidemic? What are the most important factors that influenced the differential impact of the epidemic among groups? What effect, if any, did the epidemic have on social relations and future social developments? Specifically, did it have an impact on marriage, fertility and migration? How did the survivors of the disease and the bereaved spouses and children cope socially and economically later in life? Also, did the knowledge of differential social susceptibility during historical epidemics affect subsequent preventive actions? And how do these insights help us prepare for avoiding socially unjust epidemics in the future? As in previous HMMWG workshops, there is no participation fee, but participants are expected to cover their own fares and accommodation.