Author Archives: Peyman Amiri

Interview with Claire Weeda about her new book “Ethnicity in Medieval Europe 950-1250: Medicine, Power and Religion”

Students in twelfth-century Paris held slanging matches, branding the English drunkards, the Germans madmen and the French as arrogant. On Crusade, army recruits from different ethnic backgrounds taunted each other’s military skills. Men producing ethnography in monasteries and at court … Continue reading

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Urban health in the Middle Ages and Today: Changing Community Politics and Environments

Janna Coomans Through vaccination campaigns and lifting restrictions, authorities across the globe are promoting the idea of a return to normal, yet which form the ‘end’ of the COVID pandemic will take is uncertain. There may be celebrations and post-war-like … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: Health, Environment and Urban Development in the Middle Ages

New Dates: 17-18 February 2022 Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University Museum, Trondheim New Abstract Submission Date: 17 December 2021 (The COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of uncertainty about travel activity, inland and abroad. However, it is our priority … Continue reading

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Ethnicity in Medieval Europe, 950-1250

Claire Weeda On 26 March 1215, the brash Bolognese rhetorician Boncompagno da Signa read aloud his manual of rhetoric, Rhetorica antiqua,in front of the college of professors of civil and canon law. If some of his students had nodded off … Continue reading

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Matter into Place: Public Health and Urban Space in the Medieval Low Countries

Online Workshop Friday, 9 July 2021, 9:00-13:00 CEST Program: 09:00-10:45 Session1: Waterscapes Janna Coomans, Léa Hermenault (University of Amsterdam) Water infrastructures and public works as key elements of an economy of movement in Ghent (14th-15th centuries) Frank Gelaude (University of … Continue reading

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Approaches to Life and Health in Medieval Cities – Online Workshop

Featuring the launch of the Healthscaping WebGIS Friday, 25 June 2021, 15:00-18:00 CEST/ 9:00-12:00 EST Program: 15:00 Introduction: Launching the Healthscaping Map Guy Geltner, University of Amsterdam and Monash University 15:10 Mapping Public Health Measures in Late Medieval Bologna Taylor … Continue reading

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Pigs and Plague: Public Health and Community in the Late Medieval Low Countries – Online Lecture

Friday, 18 June 2021, 16.00 CEST Janna Coomans will give a lecture for the digital lectures series organized and hosted every fortnight by Somewhere beyond the Sea, the Belgo-British Research Network. The talk is titled ‘ Pigs and Plague: Public … Continue reading

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Medicine in the Medieval North Atlantic World – Online Conference

13–15 May 2021 Maynooth University, Ireland This interdisciplinary conference explores the reception and transmission of medical knowledge between and across England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and Scandinavia during the medieval period, and will draw on history, literature, philosophy, science, religion, art, … Continue reading

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Social, Legal and Emotional Aspects of Conflicts in Western Europe, 1300-1600 – Online Workshop

Thursday. 13 May 2021 16:00-18:00 CEST Online In premodern societies, the notions of honour and reputation helped to frame social interactions on different scales. On a personal and familial level, pursuing honour was a way to secure economic and social … Continue reading

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Infectious Disease and Public Health: Lessons from History – Webinar

Thursday, 22 April,  17:00 AEST Online In 2020 Covid-19 reminded us all that we can learn valuable lessons from the history of infectious disease. This webinar brings together three historians of public health in very different eras and contexts, presenting historical … Continue reading

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