The COVID-19 lockdown one year later: Pandemics and borders

Our Centre leader, Svenn-Erik Mamelund is chairing a plenary at the Winter Seminar in Human Geography Friday 12 March 1300-1400 (CET).

For the ZOOM-link to this webinar e-mail or register here: Winter Seminar in Human Geography 2021 – Session registration – Nettskjema

This panel brings together two historians and two geographers to discuss the role of borders in historical and present pandemics. The speakers will present for 7-10 minutes before the panel opens for questions from the chair, the audience and speakers.


1. Ulrikke Bryn Wethal (University of Oslo) discusses how social practices compete, interact and are negotiated in the ‘home-as-office’ during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2. May-Brith Ohman Nielsen (University of Agder) thematizes microbes, borders and historians, and points out how the relationship between epidemics and borders has been characterized by a two-sided dynamic within the history of science and medical history.

3. Ole Georg Moseng (University of South-Eastern Norway) will problematize connections between pandemics and borders through globalization, expert advice, pandemic control without vaccines, and global inequality in health.

4. Marta Bivand Erdal (Peace Research Institute Oslo) will address issues and concerns related with seasonal labor migration and the spread of COVID-19.

Recently published and accepted journal articles by PANSOC-researchers


Jessica Dimka and Svenn-Erik Mamelund (2020): 1918 Influenza Outcomes among Institutionalized Norwegian Populations: Implications for Disability-Inclusive Pandemic Preparedness. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research 22(1): 175-186.


S-E Mamelund (2021): COVID-19: The power of historical lessons”, invited editorial, in press, American Journal of Public Health

Jessica Dimka & Lisa Sattenspiel (2021): We Didn’t Get Much Schooling Because We Were Fishing All the Time”: Potential Impacts of Irregular School Attendance on the Spread of Epidemics, accepted and in press, American Journal of Human Biology.

Jessica Dimka and Svenn-Erik Mamelund (2021): Commentary: Social inequalities in infectious diseases, accepted in Scandinavian Journal of Public Health

S-E Mamelund, Jessica Dimka & Nan Zou Bakkeli (2021): Social disparities in adopting non-pharmaceutical interventions during COVID-19”, Accepted and in press, The Journal of Developing Societies, special issue Pandemics: Causes, Consequences, and Catastrophe Responses.

Presentasjon om urfolk og pandemier

Samenes nasjonaldag er 6. februar, men OsloMet tyvstarter markeringen dagen før dagen med temaene: urfolk og pandemier, og urfolk og minoriteter i skole og utdanning.

11:30: Curt Rice, rektor ved OsloMet
11.40: Hilsen fra Sametinget Inger Marit Eira-Åhrén, direktør for Sametinget
11.50: Urfolk og pandemier Svenn-Erik Mamelund, forsker 1 ved OsloMet
12.15: Urfolk og nasjonale minoriteter i skole og lærerutdanning Torjer A. Olsen, professor UiT
12.35: Hilsen fra Samisk studentforening i Oslo/Saemien Studeenth Oslovisnie Erle Bårdsdatter Sæther, leder Samisk studentforening i Oslo
12.40: 40 år siden Alta-aksjonen Universitetsbibliotekets direktør, Lars Egeland, forteller
12.45: Minikonsert ved Arvvas. I duoen Arvvas møtes Steinar Raknes (kontrabass/vokal) og Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska (joik/vokal) gjennom jazz, joik og americana.
13.00: Takk for i dag!
Ordstyrer: Vibeke Horn, programansvarlig for kultur og mangfold ved OsloMet. Arrangementet blir strømmet på OsloMets Facebookside.

OsloMets markering av samenes nasjonaldag 2021 | Facebook

We present at a webinar on COVID-19 held by University of Ottawa 16 February 2021

Our Centre leader, Svenn-Erik Mamelund, is presenting at the fourt of a series of 6 conferences on infectious disease outbreaks and the role of the social sciences in surveillance, prevention, and intervention strategies.  

Infectious Diseases Conference 4: In what ways did the past infectious disease outbreak response impact the current COVID response: Lessons Learned?

February 16, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST

You can register and get the web-link by sending an e-mail to: