History of Pandemics

In this seminar, an interdisciplinary panel of academics from across The University of Manchester discuss historic pandemics and their similarities to COVID-19. The panel addresses the underlying inequalities that perpetuate the spread of infectious diseases, and what we can learn from cholera, plague and HIV/AIDS to help us combat coronavirus.

Find out more about our researchers:

Pratik Chakrabarti

Pratik is Director of the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. Pratik’s expertise spans South Asian, Caribbean and Atlantic history from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.

Pratik leads the University College for Interdisciplinary Learning unit ‘From Cholera to COVID-19: A Global History of Epidemics’. He recently wrote for The India Forum about how India’s response to COVID-19 reflects its colonial past.

Jaime García-Iglesias

Jaime is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Sciences. His research focuses on sexuality, public health and the online environment. His recent work examines gay men’s changing relationship with HIV/AIDS.

Tanja Müller

Tanja is Professor of Political Sociology at the Global Development Institute (GDI). Her research spans a number of areas including convening the GDI’s Research Group on Migration, Refugees and Asylum. She has previously worked on the implications of the HIV/AIDS pandemic for rural development in sub-Saharan Africa.

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