The 1918 influenza pandemic: Historical and biomedical reflections
Call for Papers
Conference 7-8 February 2019 (Ypres, Belgium)
This is a unique conference on the 1918 influenza pandemic. Importantly, both historical and biomedical aspects of the disease will be presented and discussed:
- Where did this virus come from?
- To which degree and in which ways were its genesis and its rapid transcontinental spread caused and/or facilitated by the war circumstances?
- Which genetic features of the virus explain its unusually high pathogenicity?
- How did medical and political authorities react?
- Why were some age groups spared from this dreadful virus?
- Is it possible to fathom the impact of the pandemic both on the everyday life of citizens and on general developments in science, culture and politics?
- To which degree can a historical approach contribute to the understanding of current-day pandemics, and vice versa?
This 2 day conference in the historical town of Ieper (Ypres) in Belgium will bring together historians, virologists and epidemiologists.
We invite abstract submission that highlight historical, biomedical or both aspects of the 1918 influenza pandemic:
Marnix Beyen (co-chair), University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium Xavier Saelens (co-chair), Ghent University and VIB, Ghent, Belgium Peter Palese, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA Anne Rasmussen, University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France Kaat Wils, KULeuven, Leuven, Belgium Marc Van Ranst, KULeuven, Leuven, Belgium Dominiek Dendooven, In Flanders Fields Museum (Ieper) and University of Antwerp (Antwerp), Belgium