Serendipity & stamina in pandemic research

Our Centre leader, Prof. Svenn-Erik Mamelund, held a talk at the Letten Seminar of 2023 at the Academy of Science and Letters in Oslo on September 7. You can now watch the recordings of his talk here.

CAS-project presented in Madrid

On January 12, Centre-leader at PANSOC, Svenn-Erik Mamelund, presented our CAS-project, “Social Science Meets Biology: Indigenous Peoples and Severe Influenza Outcomes” in the “Demography Today” series arranged by the Spanish National Research Council and the BBVA Foundation in Madrid. You can watch the recordings here.

The hunt for the virus causing the 1918 influenza pandemic

The hunt for the virus causing the 1918 influenza pandemic and how it has informed science and preparedness for future pandemics. Jeffery Taubenberger (NIAID) and John Oxford (QMUL) spoke at The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters as guests of our CAS project November 8th. You can watch a recording of their talks here The hunt for the virus causing the 1918 influenza pandemic – FilMet ( and also a pod-cast they did here: Part I: Reflections on a pandemic – Viten og snakkis ( Lisa Sattenspiel Tanner and Svenn-Erik Mamelund also did a follow-up podcast Part 2: Reflections on a pandemic – Viten og snakkis (

Call for Papers: Indigenous Peoples & Pandemics conference

Pandemics are a pressing global threat to human life and security, and they have especially serious impacts on Indigenous people throughout the world.

The Centre for Advanced Study (CAS) funded project Social Science Meets Biology: Indigenous People and Severe Influenza Outcomes, to be held from August 2022 to June 2023, will bring together interdisciplinary researchers from PANSOC and other international institutions to foster conversations that integrate medical, epidemiological and social perspectives in order to increase understanding of Indigenous experiences when faced with pandemic diseases and better appreciate the diversity of pandemic consequences faced by Indigenous vs. non-Indigenous peoples.

The project will also seek to identify policies to improve prevention and control of pandemics with a particular focus on lessoning their impacts of Indigenous peoples and recommending future research priorities in this area.

As part of this project, a conference will be held in Oslo 15-16 May 2023. Read the call for papers here: Indigenous Peoples & Pandemics conference – CAS

Verdensledende gjesteforelesere til CAS og Vitenskapsakademiet 8 november 2022

Fra 15 august 2022 til 30 Juni 2023 skal senterleder Mamelund lede en forskergruppe på Centre for Advanced Study – CAS. I forbindelse med dette prosjektet har vi vært så heldige å få de verdensledende toppforskerne Jeffrey Tauenberger og John Oxford til å gi gjesteforelesninger om jakten på viruset som forårsaket spanskesyken på Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi 8 november 2022. I vedlagte lenke kan dere 1) lese mer om de to foredragsholderne og deres foredrag og 2) og allerede nå melde dere på om dere vil delta på arrangementet.

The hunt for the virus causing the 1918 influenza pandemic and how it has informed science and preparedness for future pandemics (

2nd Norwegian Historical Demography Meeting (NHDM) hosted by PANSOC 17-18 January

PANSOC has just hosted the second NHDM. The first NHDM was held in Trondheim 1-2 December 2019. The planned meetings in 2020 and 2021 were postponed due to COVID-19, but was held this rime on Zoom 17-18 January and planned and organized by PANSOC. Carla Huges, Christina Stylegar, Jessica Dimka and Svenn-Erik Mamelund were PANSOC members presenting, see program below:


Monday 17 January

12:00-12:15 Opening by Svenn-Erik Mamelund (OsloMet)

12:15-13:00 Missing Girls

  • Francisco J. Beltrán Tapia (NTNU): “Were there missing girls in Italy? Evidence from a new dataset, 1861-1921?”
  • Eftychia Kalaitzidou (NTNU): “Missing girls in Greece during the 19th and early 20th century”

13:00-13:45 Influenza

  • Christina Torjussen (USN & OsloMet): “King Sverre: The ship of death”
  • Jessica Dimka (OsloMet): “Demographic Impacts of Dynamic Interactions between Seasonal Flu and Chronic Health Conditions”

13:45-14:00 Break

14:15-15:00 Social mobility

  • Kelsey Marleen Mol (NTNU): “Social mobility among women in Hamar around 1900”
  • Kristin Ranestad (Lund U), Paul Sharp (University of Southern Denmark), & Nick Ford (Lund U): “Lessons from Oslo: Examining social mobility after the establishment of Norway’s first university”

Tuesday 18 January

09:00-09:45 Missing Girls

  • Gunnar Thorvaldsen (UiT): “Missing girls in Sandefjord town, Canada and elsewhere”
  • Marko Kovacevic (NTNU): “Malnourished girls in Norway?”

09:45-10:30 Influenza

  • Carla Hughes (OsloMet): “Suicides and the 1918 influenza in Norway”
  • Svenn-Erik Mamelund (OsloMet): “Indigenous peoples & pandemics”

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Causes of death, social class and living conditions

  • Arne Solli, UiB: “Historical index of living conditions: some theoretical and empirical challenges”
  • Petja Lyn Langholz (UiT): “Life-course occupational social class in Northern Norway in the late 19th and early 20th century”
  • Hilde Leikny Sommerseth (UiT): “122 ways of dying: The development of a causes of death nomenclature in Norway”

12:00 Closing by Svenn-Erik Mamelund (OsloMet)