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 (oslomet.no) and also a pod-cast they did here: Part I: Reflections on a pandemic – Viten og snakkis (oslomet.no)

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 (deltager.no)

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:

PROGRAM:

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)

PANSOC-affiliated student won prize at a pandemic research conference

The three PANSOC-affiliated masters students, Carla Hughes, Lara Steinmetz and Christina Torjussen, all presented their projects at a pandemic research student conference in Bergen 27. October. We at PANSOC are super-proud of the all and Christina even won a prize for her work and presentation.

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To the far right, Eperanza Diaz Perez, leader of the Pandemic Resarch Centre in Bergen and host of the conference. Christina Torjussen at PANSOC in the middle of the picture.

Indigenous people & Pandemics

The influenza pandemics of 1918 and 2009, as well as the ongoing COVID-19, show that Indigenous people have extremely high risk of severe disease outcomes, but the reasons for this vulnerability are unclear. This week, the head of PANSOC, Svenn-Erik Mamelund, will hold a talk on Indigenous people & Pandemics for the “Indigenous Peoples and Development Branch, Division for Inclusive Social Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, at the United Nations in New York”

The influenza pandemic hit the native communities in Alaska hard. These children in an orphanage in Nushagak, Alaska, lost their parents. Summer of 1919. Source: Alaska Historical Library

The influenza pandemic hit the native communities in Alaska hard. These children in an orphanage in Nushagak, Alaska, lost their parents. Summer of 1919. Source: Alaska Historical Library

In August 2022 to June 2023, Mamelund will also lead a CAS-project on this topic. You can read more here:

Social science meets biology: indigenous people and severe influenza outcomes – CAS

Why do Indigenous people have high risk of severe influenza? – CAS,

Announcing the CAS projects 2022/23: from influenza to peace-and-conflict, and algebra – CAS