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Covering the Cough? Memory, Remembrance, and Influenza Amnesia

Youde, Jeremy

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The 1918–1919 influenza pandemic killed an estimated 20–100 million people, making it more lethal than the First World War and causing life expectancy rates to decline by approximately ten years. Nearly one hundred years later, though, there will be few (if any) commemorations of the pandemic and its effects on societies around the world, and the bodies affected are largely rendered invisible. Rather than trying to figure out how or why we remember, the 1918–1919 influenza pandemic requires us...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorYoude, Jeremy
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-20T20:51:57Z
dc.date.available2020-12-20T20:51:57Z
dc.identifier.issn0004-9522
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/217939
dc.description.abstractThe 1918–1919 influenza pandemic killed an estimated 20–100 million people, making it more lethal than the First World War and causing life expectancy rates to decline by approximately ten years. Nearly one hundred years later, though, there will be few (if any) commemorations of the pandemic and its effects on societies around the world, and the bodies affected are largely rendered invisible. Rather than trying to figure out how or why we remember, the 1918–1919 influenza pandemic requires us to consider why we don't remember. In this article, I suggest some possible reasons for this lack of remembrance and what it may say about the politics of memory. In particular, I consider the effects of transnationalism, the role of illness as a presence or absence within international politics, the absenting of bodies and how it contributes to commemorative silences, and the ambiguity around what gets performed when we remember or commemorate.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourceAustralian Journal of Politics and History
dc.titleCovering the Cough? Memory, Remembrance, and Influenza Amnesia
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume63
dc.date.issued2017
local.identifier.absfor160607 - International Relations
local.identifier.ariespublicationu8701575xPUB314
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationYoude, Jeremy, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.identifier.doi10.1111/ajph.12402
local.identifier.absseo940399 - International Relations not elsewhere classified
dc.date.updated2020-11-23T10:22:46Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85029446671
local.identifier.thomsonID000410337400003
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