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31 March 2021
Historicizing COVID-19: Reflections on Epidemics and the Impacts on Human Population
The novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has not only caused utter shock, but also generated stress on the world economy, public health, and has disrupted social life across the globe. As a pandemic in motion, COVID-19 has emerged as a critical and contemporary health issue that has shaped the course of human existence. The turn of events at the height of COVID-19 has birthed interrogations concerning the place and value of history for a productive policy making and extensively, comprehensive social and public health interventions. Central to this, has been the profound question of usable past that we can draw on to make meaning of the present and provide significant insight into the future. In the wake of the pandemic, different parts of the world have experienced varied repercussions of COVID-19. In order to comprehend the scheme of things around which this pandemic has revolved, the application of historical analogy is very consequential despite the unfolding nature of the socio-cultural and health impacts of COVID-19 in the world.
We are therefore inviting contributions on –but not limited to– the following themes:
- History of pandemics and their impact on communities
- Earlier pandemics and epidemics: lessons for COVID-19
- Historicizing medical practice and the role of health workers during pandemics
- Sanitation and hygiene in the management of pandemics
- Migration and pandemics
- Gender and pandemics
- Transportation and pandemics
- Sports and pandemics
- Fashion, leisure and pandemics
- Interventions of traditional healers and alternative medical practitioners in pandemics
- COVID-19 and globalization
- Population settlements of demography
- Social media and COVID-19
- Education and pandemics
- Pandemics and innovation
- Religion and pandemics
- The political economy of pandemics
- Governments and policies during pandemics
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