Session Title

New Directions in Plague Studies

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Medieval Association for Rural Studies (MARS)

Organizer Name

Philip Slavin

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Stirling

Presider Name

Philip Slavin

Paper Title 1

How Real Was the Fourteenth Century Crisis in East Asia?

Presenter 1 Name

Christopher P. Atwood

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Pennsylvania

Paper Title 2

The Plague That Wasn't There: How to Study Epidemics in the Absence of Historical Record, a Biomolecular Approach

Presenter 2 Name

Christiana Scheib

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Tartu Ülikool

Paper Title 3

From One Mortality Regime to Another? Mortality Crises in Late Medieval Haarlem, Holland, in Perspective

Presenter 3 Name

Daniel Curtis

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Erasmus Univ. Rotterdam

Start Date

10-5-2020 10:30 AM

Session Location

Fetzer 1060

Description

The New Directions in Plague Studies will be dealing with the most notorious killer of humans – plague. By bringing together scholars and scientists from different disciplines, this session will aim to fill some important historiographical, intellectual, as well as informational lacunae related to the history of pandemic disease in the medieval world. This is an incredibly fast moving field, with new exciting palaeogenetic data coming up literally every few months. At the same time, humanists are picking these new data, methods and ideas slowly. Conversely, scientists are yet to learn how to contextualize their exciting findings in a wider historical context. To address this gap, and to encourage the dialogue between the two camps, the session will address medieval plague-related topics, such as the archaeology of plague, landscapes of plague, plague demography, genetic change of plague strains – just to name a few. Thus, the session will stress the importance of trans-disciplinary collaboration with palaeo-geneticists and epidemiologists, to advance the shared knowledge of the human past. Phil Slavin

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May 10th, 10:30 AM

New Directions in Plague Studies

Fetzer 1060

The New Directions in Plague Studies will be dealing with the most notorious killer of humans – plague. By bringing together scholars and scientists from different disciplines, this session will aim to fill some important historiographical, intellectual, as well as informational lacunae related to the history of pandemic disease in the medieval world. This is an incredibly fast moving field, with new exciting palaeogenetic data coming up literally every few months. At the same time, humanists are picking these new data, methods and ideas slowly. Conversely, scientists are yet to learn how to contextualize their exciting findings in a wider historical context. To address this gap, and to encourage the dialogue between the two camps, the session will address medieval plague-related topics, such as the archaeology of plague, landscapes of plague, plague demography, genetic change of plague strains – just to name a few. Thus, the session will stress the importance of trans-disciplinary collaboration with palaeo-geneticists and epidemiologists, to advance the shared knowledge of the human past. Phil Slavin