The International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) approved the panel on ‘Epidemics and Contagious Diseases: The Legacy of the Past’. The main aim of the panel is to learn from epidemic history (its legacy of the past), most notably with regard to inequalities in health.
Low SES is today related to worse health and shorter lives, and even worse outcomes during the Covid-19 pandemic. But was this also the case for past pandemics? During the Spanish Flu pandemic contemporaries believed that there was no social gradient. In a new paper, Auke Rijpma, Ingrid van Dijk, Ruben Schalk, Richard Zijdeman, and Rick Mourits show that there actually were social differences in Spanish flu mortality.
On 1 September, the Historical Database of Suriname and Curaçao (HDSC) received an Open Science Award during the National Open Science Festival. The HDSC contains data of the population of Suriname and Curaçao between approximately 1830 and 1950 and can be used by anyone, for example foreducation, cultural projects and family history.
On 12 January 2023, Paul Puschmann and Joana Maria Pujadas Mora organize a workshop on partner choice in the past and today.The aim of this workshop is to bring scholars from various fields in the humanities and social sciences together that study patterns and shifts in human mating behavior using data from matchmaking media and agencies, such as matrimonial and contact advertisements from (historical) newspapers and magazines, dating and marriage agencies, dating sites, such as Match.com and dating apps, like Tinder and Grinder.
Luc Bulten has been awarded one of the RICH Strengthening Research grants, aimed at improving studies into the fields of Environmental Humanities and Digital Humanities, and to add more non-Western perspectives to research by RICH.
In order to support our researchers in the early stages of their career, RICH offers assistant professors (UDs) who obtained their PhD less than 3 years ago the possibility to apply for short-term course releases in order to make time to develop a research line, write a grant proposal and/or build their CV in preparation for successful grant applications in the near future.
Together with Michel Oris and Jan Kok, Dolores Sesma Carlos published an article titled: Coping with ageing: An historical longitudinal study of internal return migrations later in life in the Netherlands in Demographic research.
Together Tim Riswick, Sanne Muurling and Katalin Buzasi published the article titled ‘Exploring the mortality advantages and disadvantages of Jewish neighborhoods in nineteenth century Amsterdam’ in Demographic Research.