28 November 2023.  Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe (Mudéjar hall)

The European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation has organised the 1st Ibero-American Seminar on Endemics and Epidemics: Five Centuries of Contagion in order to analyse and reflect on the causes and the impact suffered in Ibero-America due to the different diseases that have plagued it during the last centuries.

In this manner, the speakers will present their conclusions on the major pandemics in Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Colombia; the prevention campaigns against polio in Mexico and Spain in the mid-20th century; yellow fever in the Caribbean; and vaccination instruments, among others.

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, a group of researchers from the region with experience in historical studies on endemics and epidemics in Latin America gathered efforts in 2020 to create a meeting space that would develop critical knowledge about our study objects. Their first objective was the recovery of memory and the effects of the 1918 influenza pandemic in Latin America, because its impact has not been studied in depth within this area of expertise.

The first results have been materialised, on the one hand, in the publication of a collective book dedicated to the case (currently in the process of editing) and, on the other hand, in the creation of the Seminar of Historical and Social Studies on Endemics and Epidemics in Latin America (, which has brought together specialists, students and teachers interested in the knowledge on these issues and their concomitant problems.

This activity is framed within the School of Guadalupe, a centre for discussion and scientific studies created by Yuste Foundation in order to transfer knowledge to society and whose main purpose is to act as a bridge and hinge between Europe and Latin America from the Extremaduran town of Guadalupe, which was declared a World Heritage Site.

The seminar, which is anchored to the American History Department of the University of Seville, also counts with the support of the College of Michoacán, the Centre for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology of Mexico, the University of Córdoba (Argentina), the University of the Andes (Chile), and the Bernardo O’Higgins University (Chile).


Anyone interested in the subject may attend.

The session can be followed in person and online.

You can register via the following link