New book (Open Access!) – Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World – edited by Monica H. Green

Description

This ground-breaking book brings together scholars from the humanities and social and physical sciences to address the question of how recent work in the genetics, zoology, and epidemiology of plague’s causative organism (Yersinia pestis) can allow a rethinking of the Black Death pandemic and its larger historical significance.

Contents

  1. Introducing The Medieval Globe, by Carol Symes
  2. Editor’s Introduction to Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World, by Monica H. Green
  3. Taking “Pandemic” Seriously: Making the Black Death Global, by Monica H. Green
  4. The Black Death and Its Consequences for the Jewish Community in Tàrrega: Lessons from History and Archeology, by Anna Colet, Josep Xavier Muntané i Santiveri, Jordi Ruíz Ventura, Oriol Saula, M. Eulàlia Subirà de Galdàcano, and Clara Jauregui
  5. The Anthropology of Plague: Insights from Bioarcheological Analyses of Epidemic Cemeteries, by Sharon N. DeWitte
  6. Plague Depopulation and Irrigation Decay in Medieval Egypt, by Stuart Borsch
  7. Plague Persistence in Western Europe: A Hypothesis, by Ann G. Carmichael
  8. New Science and Old Sources: Why the Ottoman Experience of Plague Matters, by Nükhet Varlik
  9. Heterogeneous Immunological Landscapes and Medieval Plague: An Invitation to a New Dialogue between Historians and Immunologists, by Fabian Crespo and Matthew B. Lawrenz
  10. The Black Death and the Future of the Plague, by Michelle Ziegler
  11. Epilogue: A Hypothesis on the East Asian Beginnings of the Yersinia pestis Polytomy, by Robert Hymes
  12. Featured Source
  13. Diagnosis of a “Plague” Image: A Digital Cautionary Tale, by Monica H. Green, Kathleen Walker-Meikle, and Wolfgang P. Müller

More infos and FREE open access on the editor website

COVID-Calls discussions – Hosted by Scott Gabriel Knowles – every weekday

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A selection of some episodes:

COVID-Calls 3.30.2020 Cindy Ermus & Christienna Fryar–pandemics in history

My guests today are disaster historians who understand the global history of pandemic disease. Cindy Ermus is a history professor at UT San Antonio. She specializes in the history of science, medicine, and the environment, especially catastrophe and crisis management, in eighteenth-century France and the Atlantic and Mediterranean Worlds. She’s working on a book titled The Great Plague Scare of 1720: Disaster and Society in the Eighteenth-Century World.

Christienna Fryar is Lecturer in Black British History at Goldsmiths, University of London and she is a historian of modern Britain, the British Empire, and the Modern Caribbean, focusing on Britain’s centuries-long imperial and especially postemancipation entanglements with the Caribbean. She is working on a book titled The Measure of Empire: Disaster and British Imperialism in Postemancipation Jamaica.

COVID-Calls 4.10.2020 Julia Engelschalt & Jacob Remes–history of disaster, pandemic, welfare

Today I talked with two brilliant historians about disaster, disease, and history.

Jacob Remes is a clinical associate professor of history at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where he directs the nascent Initiative for Critical Disaster Studies. He is author of Disaster Citizenship: Survivors, Solidarity, and Power in the Progressive Era (University of Illinois Press, 2016). He is the co-editor, with Andy Horowitz, of the forthcoming Critical Disaster Studies: New Perspectives on Disaster, Vulnerability, Resilience, and Risk.

Julia Engelschalt is currently a doctoral candidate in history at Bielefeld University. She is working on a project titled “Climates, Contagion, and Comparison: American Medicine between Colonial Warfare and the New Public Health, 1898-1925.”

COVIDCalls 6.25.2020 Pandemic History in the Premodern World

Tina Sessa, Merle Eisenberg, Lee Mordechai and Tim.

COVIDCalls 10.5.2020 THE PANDEMIC IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

Bernd Scherer, and Christoph Rosol.

COVIDCalls 5.13.2020 Monica H. Green and Jacob Steere-Williams–pandemics in history

Monica H. Green is an Independent Scholar and an elected Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America. Her work has won book prizes and teaching awards from both the Medieval Academy of America and the History of Science Society. Currently, she is working in two different areas. On the one hand, she continues her work on the intellectual and social history of European medicine in the 11th and 12th centuries, looking at the impact of Arabic medicine on Latin Europe. On the other hand, she is continuing her work on the global histories of the world’s leading infectious diseases, with a particular focus on plague and leprosy. She is bringing out a new edition of her edited volume, Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World: Rethinking the Black Death. And her book, The Black Death: A Global History, is in progress.

Jacob Steere-Williams is an Associate Professor of History at the College of Charleston and an editor with The Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. His work centers on the history of public health and the history of disease in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly in Britain and the British Empire. He is the author of the forthcoming (November 2020) The Filth Disease: Typhoid Fever and the Practices of Epidemiology in Victorian England, with the University of Rochester Press. His current book project examines networks and practices of public health in colonial India and South Africa during the Third Plague Pandemic of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. During the current COVID-19 pandemic his work has been featured on several public forums, including The Post and Courier, CNN, and live webinars for the American Association for the History of Medicine, Princeton, and the Royal College of Physicians.

COVIDCalls 3.3.2021 THE PANDEMIC AND THE HISTORY OF MUTUAL AID

Daniel Joslyn and Tyesha Maddox.

COVIDCalls 2.22.2021 THE HISTORY OF PLAGUE: NEW PERSPECTIVES

Monica Green, and Tunahan Durnaz.

COVIDCalls 1.25.2021 THE PANDEMIC AND THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE

Jacob Steere-Williams, and Deborah Levine.

 

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Conférence – Claire Billen et Marc Boone, “Gouverner en temps de pandémie — Une vision historique” – en ligne – 11 Mars 2021

   

Nous avons le plaisir de vous inviter le jeudi 11 mars de 13h à 14h30 au webinaire organisé par la Fondation Universitaire sur « Gouverner en temps de pandémie – Une vision historique » avec les professeurs Claire BILLEN (ULB) et Marc BOONE (UGent), suite à la publication« BANS ET ÉDITS POUR LA VILLE DE TOURNAI EN TEMPS DE PESTE (1349-1351). Les transcriptions retrouvées de Frédéric Hennebert » (Commission Royale pour l’histoire, Bruxelles 2021) (en voie de publication).

Depuis un an, nous sommes complètement immergés dans la pandémie de COVID-19. Une expérience complètement nouvelle pour chacun d’entre nous – y compris le gouvernement. Mais tout au long de l’histoire, l’humanité a été confrontée à des pandémies à de nombreuses reprises. Comment les gens ont-ils réagi à cela dans le passé ? Sur base de manuscrits récemment découverts, les professeurs Claire BILLEN (ULB) et Marc BOONE (UGent) ont étudié le comportement du magistrat de la ville de Tournai lors de l’épidémie de peste au 14ème siècle.

La découverte, parmi les manuscrits de la Bibliothèque de l’Université de Gand, de transcriptions effectuées par Frédéric Hennebert (1800-1857), archiviste de la ville de Tournai, a permis de reconstituer les 30 premières pages du premier Registre aux publications du magistrat urbain, concernant les années 1349-1351. Ce document, disparu dans le bombardement de Tournai en 1940, informe sur les règlementations presque quotidiennes ayant régi la ville, face à une crise multiforme, dominée par l’irruption de la Peste Noire à l’été 1349. Les modalités de la réponse donnée par nos ancêtres médiévaux à la pandémie illustrent le fonctionnement d’une société urbaine, confrontée brutalement à une mortalité hors normes. Avant la redécouverte des transcriptions de Hennebert, l’impact de la Peste Noire sur la ville de Tournai n’était connu que par les écrits d’un témoin direct, l’abbé Gilles Li Muisis, à la tête de l’abbaye bénédictine de Saint-Martin. Les ordonnances urbaines bénéficient de cet éclairage mais complètent également cette description unilatérale.

S’il est téméraire d’établir un parallèle entre l’irruption d’une épidémie inédite au XIVe siècle et l’arrivée inattendue du Covid-19 en Europe, début 2020, certaines réflexions comparatives sont néanmoins possibles. Elles touchent, entre autres, les aspects politiques. La situation sanitaire, loin d’affaiblir le gouvernement urbain de Tournai en 1349, lui a permis, au contraire, de se déployer, d’investir des domaines qui n’étaient pas directement de son ressort. Toutes choses égales par ailleurs, c’est bien un phénomène de cet ordre que nous observons aujourd’hui. Les contestations politiques et juridiques, agitant en ce moment les populations européennes, adversaires des contraintes multiples qui leur sont imposées, appellent une mise en perspective.

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