7 September 2023 Seminar: Historical endemic diseases and syndemic demographic effects

For the second Pandemics & Society Seminar of our Fall 2023 series, our own Maria Bekker-Nielsen Dunbar (PANSOC) will discuss her MSCA Project Proposal on historical endemic diseases. The seminar will be held on Thursday, 7 September at the normal time (1600 CEST). More information about our speaker and the presentation is below. You can sign up for email notifications about the seminar series, including the Zoom details, here.


Tuberculosis is a disease which has long affected humans and can be fatal if not treated. While incidence is low in Norway currently, some cases are found annually, and latent tuberculosis and anti-microbial resistant tuberculosis remain a public health concern today. Historical records gathered during the nineteenth century have not been examined and may provide insights into the use of isolation as a treatment option. I will construct models to analyse data from these records following lines of inquiry developed using the syndemics framework.

About the Speaker

Maria Bekker-Nielsen Dunbar is an an early career researcher in infectious disease modelling at the Centre for Research on Pandemics & Society at OsloMet. She has experience of applications of modelling approaches to problems in environmental epidemiology and infectious disease epidemiology. Her current research interest is endemic diseases and how different population groups are disproportionately at risk of and affected by them.

Announcing the Fall 2023 PANSOC Seminar Series

We are pleased to release the schedule for our Fall 2023 seminar series. As in previous series, the seminar will be held via Zoom at 16.00 Central European Time on Thursdays.

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24 August
Urban Planning as a Means of Pandemic Prevention – A Look into the RECIPE Project
Eevi Juuti, University of Oulu

7 September – PANSOC MSCA Candidates
Navigating Bias: The Formation of Environmental Collective Perception and Prejudice during San Francisco Plague, 1900
Daijun Liu, Tsinghua University
Title TBA
Maria Dunbar, Oslo Metropolitan University

14 September
On the Move: Fine-Tuning Plague Dispersal in the North Caucasus and Altai-Sayan during Early Bronze Age Human Migrations (3300–2500 BCE)
Rebecca Main, University of Stirling

21 September
The Political Effects of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Weimar Germany
Erik Hornung, University of Cologne

12 October
The Cholera Pandemic of 1903–05 and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918 in the Philippines
Francis A. Gealogo, Ateneo de Manila University

19 October
The Grenfell Mission and the 1918 influenza pandemic in Labrador
Uddhav Khakurel, Oslo Metropolitan University

2 November
Geographical inequalities in health during the COVID-19 pandemic in England
Natalie Bennett, Newcastle University
**For our attendees outside of Europe, please note that Central European Summer Time ends on 29 October**

9 November
Age Patterns of Mortality During the Influenza Pandemics of the 20th Century
Lauren Steele, University of Queensland

30 November
Simulating COVID-19’s impact on mental health: An agent-based modelling approach
Kristina Thompson, Wageningen University

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: vtrack@uottowa.ca