Published on 14/07/2023
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Aston Business School, Aston University
  • Dr Ilaria Scaglia will delve into the experiences and responses to the TB epidemic
  • Attendees will be invited to reflect upon the similarities and differences between that and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the 2020s
  • Medicine Politics Emotions: Historical Reflections on Pandemics in the 1920s will take place online on Thursday 20 July.

A history expert from Aston University will give an online talk as part of a Royal College of Nursing (RCN) series around the 1920s tuberculosis (TB) epidemic on Thursday 20 July as part of the RCN’s series ‘Emotions in History’.

Dr Ilaria Scaglia will delve into the experiences and responses of individuals grappling with TB 100 years ago.

She will draw parallels and highlight contrasting aspects, inviting attendees to reflect upon the similarities and differences between the TB epidemic of the 1920s and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the 2020s. Specifically, Dr Scaglia will also focus on the case of the international University Sanatorium of Leysin, Switzerland, emphasising the lasting importance of politics and emotions in affecting at once medicine, individuals and societies.

Dr Ilaria Scaglia, a senior lecturer in politics, history and international relations at Aston University, said:

“I am excited to offer insights from the humanities and from the historical dimensions of pandemics and gain valuable insights into how medical, political and emotional factors intersected, then and now.

“I encourage everyone with an interest in history, and lessons we can earn from it, to join me for an engaging and thought-provoking discussion that will resonate with a wide audience.”

Medicine Politics Emotions: Historical Reflections on Pandemics in the 1920s will take place online on Thursday 20 July from 1730 - 1900 hrs and is open to the public. To book a place for this live talk, click here.

Registrants will receive a confirmation email containing further details on how to join the online session.
 

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About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a university since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiary groups – students, business and the professions, and the West Midlands region and wider society. Located in Birmingham at the heart of a vibrant city, the campus houses all the University’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Aleks Subic is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University is ranked 22nd in the UK in the Guardian University Guide, based on measures including entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects. The Aston Business School MBA programme was ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking.

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