IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1512: Beyond Black Death: Medieval Public Health outside Crises

Thursday 9 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Research Group 'Boundaries & Identity Formation in the Premodern World', Universiteit van Amsterdam
Organiser:Guy Geltner, Faculteit van Geesteswetenschappen, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Moderator/Chair:Sethina Watson, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Paper 1512-aPracticing Public Health in Bologna: Before and after Black Death
(Language: English)
Guy Geltner, Faculteit van Geesteswetenschappen, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Daily Life, Medicine, Science, Social History
Paper 1512-bMedieval Medicine, Environment, and the Permeable Body, 1100-1500
(Language: English)
Claire Weeda, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen / Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Daily Life, Medicine, Science, Social History
Paper 1512-cPrivate Pipes in Public Roads: Negotiating Health in the Late Medieval Low Countries
(Language: English)
Janna Coomans, Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Daily Life, Medicine, Science, Social History
Abstract

Black Death is still commonly seen as a watershed moment in public health history, a trigger for radical developments in urban sanitation and disease containment. This session challenges the premise of such evaluations by revealing a more complex picture of continuity and change in premodern public health practices. Scholars with expertise spanning diverse regions and cities will discuss the ways in which urban governments and city dwellers sought to limit population level health risks by keeping the city orderly, safe, and clean outside times of crisis. This integral approach includes topics ranging from street-level sanitary practices, interactions between medical theory and practice, legal disputes, enforcement of policies, and organization and control of urban space.