Workshop - From Research to Engagement: Social Sciences and Infectious Disease

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1946 ddt fly spraying at garbage dump cdc

1946 DDT Fly Spraying at garbage dump, CDC

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Workshop - From Research to Engagement: Social Sciences and Infectious Disease

Infectious diseases are biosocial phenomena. Effective containment depends as much on understanding biology as it does on understanding their social drivers. This half-day workshop brings together social scientists and historians from the University of Oxford and University College Dublin to explore the different dimensions of disease control and how social scientists can inform decision-making going forward.



Panel One 9:35-10:20 – Knowing Disease (Moderator: Samantha Vanderslott)

Margaret Pelling (University of Oxford) – William Budd and the value of small places
Roderick Bailey (University of Oxford) – Pathogens and prejudice: How a typhoid outbreak in Palestine in 1948 became a story about Jews poisoning Arabs
Claas Kirchhelle (University College Dublin) – Northern Normal: How international surveillance networks turned typhoid into a Southern disease

Panel Two 10:30-11:35 – Ecologies of Disease (Moderator: Claas Kirchhelle)

Emily Webster (University College Dublin) – Cockles and Mussels, Alive Alive Ho': Estuarial Ecologies and the Epidemiology of Typhoid in Dublin, Ireland, 1880-1920
Atsuko Naono (University of Oxford) – Malaria control and the political crisis in Myanmar
Javier Lezaun (University of Oxford) – TBC
Jeong-Ran Kim (University of Oxford) – The US military's disease control in South Korea, 1945-46: malaria and typhus

Panel Three 11:45-12:30 – Engaging Disease (Moderator: Emily Webster)

Ethan Friederich (University of Oxford) – A historical view of vaccine hesitancy among healthcare workers
Sam Martin (University of Oxford) – Social Media discussions of vaccination
Samantha Vanderslott (University of Oxford) – Typhoidland and public engagement