Medieval Landscapes of Disease

Call for Papers
Kalamazoo, MI — May 12-15, 2016
Following on a successful session last year, I’m offering another session on Medieval Landscapes of Disease this year at Kalamazoo.

In recognition that diseases are manifestations of their environment, this session seeks papers that place medieval diseases within their environmental context. Just as a seed must be placed in good soil to grow, infectious disease requires a permissive environment to develop into an epidemic (or epizootic) and an ideal environment to bloom into a pandemic or panzootic. I am open to all manner of studies and disciplines that address these issues.

Examples of acceptable topics:
Historic impacts of epidemics and/or epizootics
Endemic disease in medieval environments
Environmental causes of disease such as malnutrition or industrial pollution related disease
Health effects of human-animal interactions
Applications of the One Health Approach to medieval disease
Archaeological assessments of human health and disease
Landscape alterations intended to improve human or animal health
Ecology of the built environment

Abstracts of no more than 300 words and the Participant Information Form should be sent to Michelle Ziegler at by September 15. Pre-submission queries are welcome.

The Participant Information Form and additional information be found at .

Ouidad Hamitri

Doctorante en Histoire Médiévale à l'Université Lyon 2 et membre du CIHAM, elle travaille sur la chirurgie en Al-Andalus (Xe-XVe s.)

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