Medieval Studies Launches New Talk Series on Historical Pandemics

May 8, 2020
Image: Visualizing the History of Pandemics, Visual Capitalist

In partnership with Climate Change and History Research Initiative and with the support of the Humanities Council, the Program in Medieval Studies launches a new seminar series that examines the historical context and the social, cultural, and environmental impact of pandemics through the ages. The virtual series entitled “Pandemics in the Past: from Prehistory to (almost) the Present” features guest scholars from across U.S and Europe and is coordinated by John Haldon, Shelby Cullom Davis ’30 Professor of European History, Emeritus, and the Director of the Program in Medieval Studies Helmut Reimitz.

The series will be introduced on Thursday May, 14 by John Haldon. Click the links below to register separately for each seminar and to receive the Zoom meeting links. Videos of each seminar are available below.

Thursday, May 14, 13:30 – 15:00 EST

The Story of Pandemics in Scholarship and Popular Culture, 1890-2020”
Merle Eisenberg, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis, MD, and Lee Mordechai, Hebrew University

Thursday, May 21, 13:30 – 15:00 EST

“Plague: From the Late Neolithic to the Black Death”
Phil Slavin, University of Stirling

Thursday, May 28, 13:30 – 15:00 EST

“The ‘Plague of Cyprian’: Sources, Problems, Origins and the ‘Crisis of the Third Century’”
Sabine Huebner, University of Basel

Thursday, June 4, 13:30 – 15:00 EST

“Avoiding Plague like the Plague: Some Pathogenic Context for Late Antique Pandemics”
Tim Newfield, Georgetown University, Washington

Thursday, June 11, 13:30 – 15:00 EST

“The Justinianic Plague: Apocalypse or Overblown?”
Lee Mordechai, Hebrew University, and Merle Eisenberg, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis, MD

Thursday June 18, 13:30 – 15:00 EST

“From Healthscaping to Disease Tracing: Plague and Public Health After the Black Death”
Abigail Agresta, George Washington University; Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Washington

Followed by a general discussion: comparative perspectives, and the way forward.

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