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How Epidemics End

The University of Oxford’s ‘How Epidemics End' project examines the ways in which epidemics have ended across previous eras and locations. Join researchers as they explain how they study epidemics and their endings.

The project 'How Epidemics End' is based at Oxford's Centre for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology and Oxford's Centre for Global History and is led by Dr Erica Charters. It is supported by the Wellcome Trust [grant number 204826/Z/16/Z] and by the University of Oxford's OUP John Fell Research Fund.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 How Epidemics End: Introduction Dr Erica Charters (Oxford) and Dr Kristin Heitman (Independent Historian) discuss their research into the ending of epidemic. Erica Charters, Kristin Heitman 08 Oct 2021
2 Lorenz Von Seidlein and Epidemiology Dr Lorenz Von Seidlen (Oxford) and Dr Erica Charters discuss epidemiological research into cholera and global programmes for cholera elimination. Erica Charters, Lorenz von Seidlein 08 Oct 2021
3 Simukai Chigudu and the Political Life of Epidemics Dr Simukai Chigudu (Oxford) and Dr Erica Charters discuss the Zimbabwe cholera epidemic and the politics of epidemics. Erica Charters, Simukai Chigudu 08 Oct 2021
4 Margaret Pelling and the History of Cholera in England Dr Margaret Pelling (Oxford) and Dr Erica Charters discuss how historians understand disease and the myths about the end of cholera in nineteenth-century England. Erica Charters, Margaret Pelling 08 Oct 2021
5 Alberto Giubilini and Pandemic Ethics Dr. Alberto Giubilini (Oxford) and Dr. Kristin Heitman discuss ethical issues raised in efforts to balance individual freedoms and social measures to control the spread of disease. Kristin Heitman, Alberto Giubilini 08 Oct 2021
6 Monica H. Green and Nükhet Varlık on Plague Pandemics Dr Monica H. Green (Independent Historian), Dr Nükhet Varlık (Rutgers), and Dr Erica Charters discuss how global history and the historicist sciences have shaped our understanding of plague pandemics. Erica Charters, Monica H Green, Nükhet Varlık 08 Oct 2021
7 Paul Kelton and Smallpox among American Indigenous Populations Professor Paul Kelton (Stony Brook) and Dr Erica Charters discuss the role of smallpox in American indigenous history and culture and how smallpox finally ended. Erica Charters, Paul Kelton 08 Oct 2021
8 Dora Vargha and Arthur Rose on Epidemics, Expectations, and Ends Kristin Heitman talks with Dora Vargha (Exeter) and Arthur Rose (Exeter) about the nature and power of narrative in forming both our expectations about epidemics and the ways that we decide when and how they have ended. Kristin Heitman, Dora Vargha, Arthur Rose 08 Oct 2021
9 Virginia Berridge and the Political End of Epidemics Professor Virginia Berridge (LSHTM) and Dr Erica Charters discuss swine flu, HIV/AIDS, and the history of health policy as ways to define the political end of an epidemic. Erica Charters, Virginia Berridge 08 Oct 2021