First EPIBEL-SOHIFIN-AIPRIL workshop

On 16 September 2022 the Antwerp EPIBEL team hosted a first collaborative workshop with a clear methodological focus on spatial analysis of mortality and inequality. In this workshop we demonstrated and questioned different methods of spatial visualisation and spatial analysis of historical and present-day data on epidemic mortality in Belgium,…

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EPIBEL @Spatial Humanities 2022, Ghent

At the Spatial Humanities 2022 Conference hosted in Ghent, Isabelle Devos talked about "The 1866 cholera epidemic in Brussels: a spatio-temporal reconstruction", and expands on previous work. In this contribution, we examine who were the main victims of the epidemic in Brussels and show the course of the epidemic across…

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EPIBEL @Spatial Humanities 2022, Ghent
Crude cholera mortality rates by municipality (number of deaths per 1,000 inhabitants), Belgium, 1866

New publication on cholera in Oudenaarde (1849)

Wouter Ronsijn just published "Historische Epidemieën: Cholera in 1849 in Oudenaarde", a study of the 1849 cholera outbreak in Flemish Oudenaarde. His analysis covers medical, social and spatial variables, such as the geographical spread of cholera morbidity and mortality as shown below: Source: see paper You can find the paper…

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EPIBEL work in progress presented at Posthumus Conference

The EPIBEL team members continue to broadcast their preliminary findings. Late June 2022 Isabelle Devos and Wouter Ronsijn presented their work at the annual Posthumus Conference in Rotterdam. Wouter talked about “Social and demographic inequalities and the 1690s dysentery epidemic in the Southern Netherlands: the case of Sint-Niklaas“. In this novel…

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We are hiring for a pre-doctoral position

EPIBEL is looking to add a PhD researcher to its team. In this doctoral project we want to emphasize the experiences of socially disadvantaged groups during major epidemic mortality crises in the history of Belgium, from the last great plague waves in the 17th century to the worst cholera and…

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EPIBEL presented 3 papers in Athens

Last week the EPIBEL team attended the XXIe colloque international de L’Association Internationale des Démographes de Langue Française (AIDELF) in Athens. We presented no less than 3 papers on COVID-19 and the Spanish Flu (1918-19) in Belgium: Mélanie Bourguignon , Emmanuel Debruyne, Isabelle Devos, Yoann Doignon, Thierry Eggerickx, Hilde Greefs,…

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Learn how to study epidemics in the past

In collaboration with SOS Antwerpen and Histories, the EPIBEL-team tours Belgium with a series of workshops aimed at amateur historians, genealogists and a broader interested public. The focus is on the study of causes-of-death and epidemics in the past, mainly the nineteenth century, but we also discuss and demonstrate how…

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EPIBEL-team presents results at various conferences

Earlier this month the EPIBEL team presented some of the first results on our research into historical epidemics at the European Society of Historical Demograpics Conference 2022 in Madrid (ESHD). In the coming weeks you can also find us at the Economic History Society Conference 2022 in Cambridge (UK, EHS)…

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