Webinar | A Century of Health Crises in Montreal


Can we benefit from past epidemics to better understand and experience the current pandemic? What are the similarities between yesterday's health crises and today's?

The health crisis we are facing stresses the crucial importance of history in the understanding of contemporary phenomena. This second meeting of the series Rethinking the City in Times of Pandemic will be an opportunity to recount the major epidemics that Montreal has experienced over the past century: typhus, Spanish flu, and polio. For the occasion, Magda Fahrni and Daniel Weinstock welcome three former students who, through their respective research work, have analyzed these various health crises and their impact on Montreal society. This discussion between the guests will allow us to better understand different present and past realities such as the role of immigration in the spread of a disease, the cleavage between different social classes as well as the education of children in times of health crisis.


  • Daniel Weinstock - Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy in the Faculties of Law and of Arts, McGill U.
  • Magda Fahrni - Professor, Department of History, UQAM


  • Sophie Doucet - Ph.D. in history, Université du Québec à Montréal 
  • Maude Charest-Auger – Archivist, Quebec Ministry of Public Security
  • Valérie Poirier – Postdoctoral Researcher, Guelph University

Virtual conference presented live from Espace Montréal, via the Zoom platform


The event will be held in French. Questions in French and English are welcome. Registration is required to access the login link, which will be sent to 24 hours before the event. Three other sessions will follow throughout the year. Stay tuned!

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