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Après/After 1918: Histoire et politique de la grippe dans les 20e et 21e siècles
After 1918: history and politics of influenza in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries

Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique, Rennes, FRANCE

Mercredi 24 - vendredi 26 août 2011
Wednesday 24 - Friday 26 August 2011



24 Août / August

Amphithéâtre Condorcet


9:00-9:30 – Inscription / Registration

9:30-10:00 – Conférence Introduction


10:00-11:30 – Pandemic Memories

Chair: Patrick Zylberman (EHESP)

Nancy K. Bristow (University of Puget Sound)
Forgetting and Remembering: The Human Legacy of the 1918 Pandemic in the United States

John McLane (University of Otago)
One Disease, One People, Two Histories: Influenza in Samoa

Esyllt Jones (University of Manitoba)
Beyond the Epidemic Moment: Family, Memory and Modernity in Influenza’s Histories


11:45-13:30 – Déjeuner / Lunch


13:30-15:00 – Medical Legacies

Chair: Donald Avery (University of Western Ontario)

Andrew Noymer (University of California, Irvine)
The 1918–19 influenza pandemic affected the decline of tuberculosis.

James E. Higgins (Kutztown University)
Responses, Results, and Revisions: Four Industrial Cities’ Response to Influenza, Mortality Results, and Post-Epidemic Changes to Public Health and Pneumonia, 1918-1920.

Wilfried Witte (Institut für Geschichte der Medizin, Berlin)
Between Bacteriology and Virology. Influenza vaccination in Germany, 1930s-1949.


15:00-15:15 – Pause / Break


15:15-16:45 – Pursuing Pandemics

Chair: Nancy Bristow (University of Puget Sound)

Mark Honigsbaum (Zurich University)
Influenza, apocalypse and pandemic production

Kenton Kroker (York University)
Epidemic encephalitis, an inversion of influenza

Carol R. Byerly (University of Colorado)
An Elusive Foe:  The U.S. Army’s Pursuit of Influenza from the 1920s to the 1970s


16:45-17:00 – Pause / Break


17:00-18:00 - Keynote

Howard Philips (University of Capetown)
How the years flew: 93 years of influenza historiography


19:00 – Dîner / Dinner


25 Août / August

Amphithéâtre Condorcet


9:00-10:30 – Surveillance Systems

Chair: Michael Bresalier (CHSTM)

George Dehner (Wichita State University)
Creating the World Influenza Surveillance System: Surveillance with a Purpose

Frédéric Vagneron (Centre de Recherches Historiques, EHESS)
The WHO Influenza Program and the Surveillance of Influenza epidemics (1947-1970s)

Frédéric Keck (Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale, EHESS)
How Hong Kong Became a Sentinel for Avian Flu


10:30-10:45 – Pause / Break


10:45-12:15 – Biosecurity Politics

Chair: Susan Craddock (University of Minnesota)

Donald H. Avery (University of Western Ontario)
The 1957 Influenza Pandemic and Biological Warfare Planning: An Unexplored Relationship

Nadav Davidovitch/ Benjamin Langer (Ben Gurion University of the Negev)
Securitisation of Global Public Health: Emerging Frameworks from Israel-Palestine

Carlo Caduff (Zurich University)
The Semiotics of Security: Infectious Disease Research and the Biopolitics of Informational Bodies in the United States


12:15-14:00 – Déjeuner / Lunch


14:00-15:00 – Globalization and Flu

Chair: Mark Honigsbaum (Zurich University)

Veronica Rocamora/Francisco Tirado (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Why did the H1N1 Influenza reach its global condition? The techno-social operators and the global aspects of the epidemics

Meike Wolf (Goethe-University Frankfurt)
Prevention and Preparedness: Anthropological perspectives on the globalization of influenza

15:00-15:15 – Pause / Break


15:15-16:15 – Keynote

Claude Hannoun (Institut Pasteur)


19:30 – Dîner/Dinner


26 Août / August

Amphithéâtre Condorcet


9:30-10:30 – Politics of Planning

Chair: Virginia Berridge (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

François Buton & Frédéric Pierru (Université Montpellier)
Crises that didn’t come: Responses to pandemic influenza threats: USA 1976, France 2009

Stéphanie Thomas (Université Paris Sorbonne)
The dynamics of communicating in a health crisis: the H1N1 influenza crisis in France


10:30-10:45 – Pause / Break


10:45-12:15 – Governing Flu

Chair: Tamara Giles-Vernick (Institut Pasteur)

Yu-Ju Chien (University of Minnesota)
Global Health Governance and Institutional Collaboration – The Adoption and Manufacturing of the “One Health”

Rachel Irwin (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Who governs pandemic influenza? Negotiating fair access, equity and transparency in pandemic preparedness

Kristen Gray (University of California, Berkeley)
Universal Rights, Global Responsibility: Voluntary Donations and the Politics of Sustainability in the Expanded Programme on Immunization


12:15-13:30 – Déjeuner / Lunch


13:30-15:00 – Table ronde / Roundtable

Lessons and Prospects: Directions in the History and Politics of Influenza

Virginia Berridge (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Tamara Giles-Vernick (Institut Pasteur)
Susan Craddock (University of Minnesota)


15:00-15:30 – Conference Conclusion


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