We are interested in any and all theories, policies and practices of preventative healthcare at the population level among pre- and non-industrial societies across the world.
Historians tend to view public health as a quintessentially modern phenomenon, enabled by the emergence of representative democracies, centralized bureaucracies and advanced biomedicine. While social, urban and religious historians have begun chipping away at the entrenched dichotomy between pre/modernity that this view implies, evidence for…[Read more]
This is a list of secondary sources with direct bearing on the history of public health before c. 1750. It is predominantly European and Mediterranean, although we are gradually expanding the geographical coverage of studies concerning population-level, preventative interventions in pre-modernity. Wherever possible, we added links to works that…[Read more]
Peyman Amiri edited the post Upcoming Conference – Representing Infirmity: Diseased Bodies in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy, Monash University, 13-15 December 2017 in the group Premodern Healthscaping: on Humanities Commons 8 months, 1 week ago
This conference represents the first analysis of how diseased bodies were represented in Italy during the ‘long Renaissance’, from the early 1400s through ca. 1650. Many individual studies by historians of art and medicine address specific aspects of this subject, yet there has never been an attempt to define or explore the broader topic. Mor…[Read more]
We are delighted that a session we proposed for the European Association for Urban History Conference (Rome 29/8-1/9/2018) has been accepted. You can apply to submit papers for this session until 5/10/2017 (note the very early deadline). See the full details in the attached pdf.
Deadline is fast approachng: 5 October 2017
Another group of projects, directed by John Henderson, and exploring preventative practices in medieval and early modern Tuscany: http://www.medici.org/medicine-and-the-medici-in-grand-ducal-tuscany-research-program/
NTNU University Museums announces two PhD positions in urban archaeology/historical archaeology and iron age/Viking age archaeology specializing in archaeological human genetics (please follow the links below).
G. Geltner edited the post Call for Papers: Historical Aspects of Preventive Healthcare in Germany and Poland (Hamburg, 12-14 July, 2017) in the group Premodern Healthscaping: on Humanities Commons 8 months, 1 week ago
From our colleague Fritz Dross (abstracts due 1 April 2017).
G. Geltner edited the post ERC Consolidator grant for “Healthscaping Urban Europe: Biopower, Space and Society, 1200-1500” in the group Premodern Healthscaping: on Humanities Commons 8 months, 1 week ago
We are delighted to announce the award of an ERC Consolidator Grant for HealthScaping, a multidisciplinary framework for developing the field of premodern public health. Here is the gist of the project, which will formally kick off on 1 September 2017:
Medieval cities are often imaged as demographic black holes, environmental accidents waiting…[Read more]
This is a preprint version of my forthcoming book, to be published by Pennsylvania University Press
Peyman Amiri edited the post History Research Seminar: “In the Camp and on the March: How Armies Shaped Public Health History in the Premodern World” in the group Premodern Healthscaping: on Humanities Commons 11 months, 2 weeks ago
“In the Camp and on the March: How Armies Shaped Public Health History in the Premodern World”
Guy Geltner (UvA)
8 March 2018, 15:00–17:00 – VOC-zaal, Bushuis
Public health is widely viewed as a modern pursuit, enabled especially by the emergence of democratic nation states, centralized bureaucracies and advanced medicine. While soc…[Read more]
HealthScaping traces the development and impact of preventative healthcare policies, medical discourses and social and religious practices in the continent’s two most urbanized regions in the later Middle Ages, Italy and the Low Countries. The project taps numerous written, material and visual sources and archaeological data f…[Read more]
The present module introduces advanced undergraduates to the events known as the Black Death (1347-1352) and situates them in the broader culture of medieval public health or premodern prophylactics. It is divided into two teaching units of equal length and interchangeable order: premodern public health theory, policy and practice can operate as…[Read more]
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