Social Distancing and Blame: Lessons from Past Pandemics

Medical personnel during the 1918 influenza pandemic

Join fellow UTM alumni for a webinar on the history of stigma and blame from past pandemics, the similarities to COVID-19, and how we can respond to help keep each other safe.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
LIVE Webinar
A recording will be available to all registrants.

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Presented by

Dr. Madeleine Mant

Dr. Madeleine Mant
Research Associate and Lecturer
Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto Mississauga

Our experience with COVID-19 may seem unprecedented, but this isn’t humanity’s first encounter with microscopic foes. As an expert in the anthropology of health and infectious disease, Dr. Madeleine Mant has researched some of the worst pandemics of human history and discovered important lessons to be learned. History shows that shame, blame and stigma often go hand-in-hand with pandemics. Dr. Mant will share stories of stigma from past pandemics and the social consequences of these responses, the similarities to COVID-19 and how we can respond to the powerful influence of fear and stigma to help keep each other safe.

Dr. Madeleine Mant is a Research Associate and Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She teaches Anthropology of Health and Anthropology of Infectious Disease, drawing upon historical plagues for lessons to contextualize current events. Her bioarchaeological and medical historical research concerns the health of vulnerable and marginalized groups in the past. Most recently she has studied the working poor of 18th-century London and 19th-century North Atlantic merchant seafarers. Currently, she is studying health and disease at Her Majesty's Penitentiary, the oldest-operating Victorian prison in Canada, in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

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UTM Alumni Webinar Series

Dr. Madeleine Mant's presentation is the second in a recently launched series of webinars for alumni to address topics relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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