Lecture: On Call – The Labour of African American Nurses during the 1918 Flu
Tuesday, July 13th, 2021, 6 p.m. via ZOOM
Virtual lecture by Edna Bonhomme in the „Carte Blanche III“ series
The impact of the 1918-19 influenza pandemic was devastating for all, however, factors such as gender, class, race and geographical differences even exacerbated the suffering.
In order to understand how this pandemic impacted different community, historian and writer Edna Bonhomme will explore how Black women’s labour in nursing—which was limited by racial segregation—can provide more insight into the pandemic within the context of racial segregation, wartime activities, and medical treatment in confined or more compact spaces. African American nurses were often on call, but, due to the legacies of exclusion and discrimination in medicine; the expertise of these medical professionals was not always granted their full potential. Nevertheless, the work shows how their labour was rooted in care.
Edna Bonhomme, historian and writer. Currently Research Fellow at the Munich Centre for Global History at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Volker Heins, KWI Senior Fellow
Julika Griem, KWI Director
Sabine Voßkamp, KWI Research Management
Hinweise zur Teilnahme:
Participation online via ZOOM. Please register via firstname.lastname@example.org until July 12th, 2021.
Contact for scientific information:
Volker Heins, KWI