[Ank.] History of Medicine & Medical Humanities Research Portal

The History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Research Web Portal is designed to gather resources in medical humanities for students, scholars, physicians, and the general public for learning, exploration, and research. […]

The portal will house a series of thematic modules in six areas, created by students, artists, historians, and colleagues.  Visit us again to see the work as it evolves: 

  • History of the Health Professions
  • Hospitals, Institutions, and Medical Education
  • The Public’s Health
  • Blood, Leeches, and Quacks
  • Arts, Literature, and Ethics

The History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Research Portal was created in 2016 by the Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine Ellen Amster, History Ph.D. candidate researchers Lauren Goldstein, Katarina Todic, and Nathan Coschi, and Bachelor of Health Sciences student Jinny Lee, with technical assistance from Todd Murray and the Computer Services Unit in the Faculty of Health Sciences.“ (Quelle)

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„Nature Did It…“

Nature Did It: Romans, Ecology and the Global History of Infectious Disease“

October 20, 2016

Lecture Series: What’s New in the Fall of the Roman Empire

Kyle Harper, Professor of Classics and Letters, Senior Vice President and Provost, University of Oklahoma

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Historical Y. pestis Genomes Reveal the European Black Death as the Source of Ancient and Modern Plague Pandemics

Abstract: Ancient DNA analysis has revealed an involvement of the bacterial pathogen Yersinia pestis in several historical pandemics, including the second plague pandemic (Europe, mid-14th century Black Death until the mid-18th century AD). Here we present reconstructed Y. pestis genomes from plague victims of the Black Death and two subsequent historical outbreaks spanning Europe and its vicinity, namely Barcelona, Spain (1300–1420 cal AD), Bolgar City, Russia (1362–1400 AD), and Ellwangen, Germany (1485–1627 cal AD). Our results provide support for (1) a single entry of Y. pestis in Europe during the Black Death, (2) a wave of plague that traveled toward Asia to later become the source population for contemporary worldwide epidemics, and (3) the presence of an historical European plague focus involved in post-Black Death outbreaks that is now likely extinct.
 Citation: Maria A. Spyrou, Rezeda I. Tukhbatova, Michal Feldman, Joanna Drath, Sacha Kacki, Julia Beltrán de Heredia, Susanne Arnold, Airat G. Sitdikov, Dominique Castex, Joachim Wahl, Ilgizar R. Gazimzyanov, Danis K. Nurgaliev, Alexander Herbig, Kirsten I. Bos, Johannes Krause, „Historical Y. pestis Genomes Reveal the European Black Death as the Source of Ancient and Modern Plague Pandemics,“ Cell Host and Microbe 19, no. 6 (8 June 2016), 874–881, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chom.2016.05.012

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Magic, Witches & Devils in the Early Modern World

University of Manchester Library
„Ghosts, witches, sorcerers and demons: our fascination with the supernatural stretches back centuries. Experience how supernatural forces shaped the lives of everyone from kings and queens to clergymen and maidservants.Magic, Witches & Devils in the Early Modern World reveals how magic, diabolical witchcraft, and ghostly encounters inspired fear and curiosity on an unprecedented scale between the 15th and 18th centuries. The exhibition illuminates the roots of our obsession with supernatural power and explores a world where the Devil was understood as a real and present danger in daily life.“

Exhibition booklet and further information

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[Konf.] Kinderhauser Tagung zur Geschichte und Rezeption der Lepra 2016

Am 9. Juli 2016 wird die siebte „Kinderhauser Tagung zur Geschichte und
Rezeption der Lepra“ im Lepra-Museum Münster-Kinderhaus stattfinden. Sie
wird veranstaltet von der Gesellschaft für Leprakunde e.V.

Weitere Informationen zur Veranstaltung unter: HSozKult

Weitere Informationen zum Tagungsort und Lepramuseum: Lepramuseum Münster-Kinderhaus


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Bloodletting for the Soul: Medieval Pastors, Preachers, and Learned Medicine

Dr. Winston E. Black at Assumption College, in Worcester, MA talking about „Bloodletting for the Soul: Medieval Pastors, Preachers, and Learned Medicine“ (17 March 2016).

Video: https://vimeo.com/channels/1045974

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The Plagues That Might Have Brought Down the Roman Empire

„Bioarcheologists are getting better at measuring the toll of ancient pathogens. […]

While we may never be able to pinpoint one reason for the death of the Roman Empire, historians are inching ever closer to understanding what life was like for its residents as their world crumbled. Two especially innovative papers published in the latest issue of the Journal of Roman Archaeology ask what role epidemic disease played in the twilight of the Roman Empire. The first, by University of Oklahoma historian Kyle Harper, addresses the so-called Plague of Cyprian in the middle of the turbulent 3rd century C.E. The other, written by Harper’s former professor Michael McCormick, a professor of medieval history at Harvard University, takes on the 6th-century C.E. Plague of Justinian.“

Full article available on The Atlantic.

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Workshop „Writing Rights / Scripting Revolution“


„Venue: Universität Wien, Universitätsring 1, Hörsaal 26
Date: 20 April 2016, 13.15 – 16.15 (session I: 13.30-14.45; session II: 15.00-16.15)

KEITH MICHAEL BAKER is J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor of European
History at Stanford University. Among his many publications, he is best
known for his books, „Condorcet. From Natural Philosophy to Social
Mathematics“, and „Inventing the French Revolution.“ Most recently, he
has edited (with Dan Edelstein) „Scripting Revolution. A Historical
Approach to the Comparative Study of Revolutions.“

Professor Baker will discuss two projects.
„Writing Rights“, on which he is engaged at Stanford University in
collaboration with Dan Edelstein (Professor of French) and specialists
in academic technology and design from Stanford and Sydney, Australia,
seeks to use techniques of textual analysis and visualization to
understand the process by which the French Declaration of the Rights of
Man and of the Citizen was drafted in 1789. „Revolutionizing
Revolution“, his contribution to the volume he has just edited with Dan
Edelstein on „Scripting Revolution. A Historical Approach to the
Comparative Study of Revolution“, has explored the transformation of the
meaning of „revolution“ between 1650 and 1789.

The workshop will present both projects in the making, especially
addressing the relation between digital functionalities and historical
reflection and methodology. Discussion will be based on three
pre-circulated texts from „Scripting Revolution“ (PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO:

(You might also wish to attend the related lecture at the Austrian
Center for Digital Humanities at 17.00: http://www.oeaw.ac.at/acdh/de/acdh-lecture-2.2)“

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[CfP] Mensch und Umwelt im oestlichen Europa (XIV. Ostblick-Jahreskongress 2016) – Wien 06/16

„Der XIV. Ostblick-Kongress 2016 wird unter dem Titel „Mensch und Umwelt im östlichen Europa“ ein breites Themenfeld eröffnen, das zu Beiträgen
sowohl aus geistes- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Disziplinen wie auch aus Naturwissenschaften einlädt. Der semantisch vielschichtige Begriff
„Umwelt“ ist besonders geeignet, zahlreiche Anknüpfungspunkte an ökologische und geographische, soziale und anthropologische, historische
sowie kultur- und naturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven zu bieten, die sich in ihrer Gesamtheit alle auf das Leben und Erleben des Menschen in
seiner Umgebung beziehen. […] “ Weitere Informationen: hier.

Die Tagung findet von 01.06.2016-05.06.2016 an der Universität Wien und der Universität für Bodenkultur, Wien statt.

Der Call for Papers ist noch bis 31. März 2016 offen.


A conference on the relationship between man, environment and this heritage in Eastern Europe will be held from 1 to 5 July 2016 at the University of Vienna and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. The Call for Papers is still upon until 31. March 2016. More Information and Contact details are available at: http://www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-30402 (in German only).

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[Konf.] Climate Change, epidemics and the archival lens

Seminar of the Paris 2015/Climate Histories Interdisciplinary Research Group at CRASSH (Centre for research in the arts, social sciences and humanities) on

„Climate Change, Epidemics and the Archival Lens“.

Date: On WEDNESDAY March 9th, from 14:30 to 16:30
Place: Room SG2, Alison Richards Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge.

Content: Hildegard Diemberger (Social Anthropology, Cambridge University) will be discussing the use of historical archives for understanding environmental change in the Himalayas, and Christos Lynteris (Social Anthropology, Cambridge University) will share his comparitive insights on tracing the flow of epidemics through an historical lens. Lynteris will also discuss how climate change is one of the key threads in plague studies today, not only in studying the ways environmental change impacts epidemic patterns but how plague itself has been shaping the environment over the centuries.

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