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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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Call for Papers: 27th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists

Keeping Apart and Coming Together: Mobility Restrictions and Confinement as Health Practices in a Longue Durée Perspective Theme: 2. Pandemics and climate change: responses to global challenges 8-11 September 2021 This session focuses on two key questions: how did past … Continue reading

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

6-7 October 2021 Norwegian University of Science and technology, University Museum, Trondheim The conference completes the Norwegian Research Council funded project “Medieval urban health: from private to public responsibility” (2017-2020), whose goal is to shed new light on how public … Continue reading

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Centring Race in History: Antiquity to the Present (online conference)

23-25 November 2020 Organised By: International Centre on Racism, Edge Hill University, UK. MONITOR Global Intelligence on Racism magazine, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy (EUI). Department of History & Civilization, EUI. What should be the … Continue reading

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Podcasting Medieval Public Health with Guy Geltner and Janna Coomans

In episode 13 of Infectious Historians, Guy Geltner and Janna Coomans discuss their work that offers new insights into what public health was like in medieval urban settings. They reveal a far more complex picture of how local cities practiced … Continue reading

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Janna Coomans Won the 2020 Praemium Erasmianum Dissertation Prize

Janna Commans, a member of the Premodern Healthscaping Project, has won the 2020 Praemium Erasmianum dissertation prize for her work on Public Health in the Late Medieval Low Countries. You can read more about this award here.

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Pest en politie: De politiek van publieke gezondheid toen en nu

Publieke gezondheid en politiemacht zijn historisch altijd aan elkaar verbonden geweest. Tijdens eerdere pandemieën kwam er een sterkere controle op en stigmatisering van armere bevolkingsgroepen. Juist nu moet er daarom sprake zijn van georganiseerde kritiek, betogen Janna Coomans en Claire … Continue reading

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Roads to Health wins AAIS Book Awards in Medieval Studies

Roads to Health: Infrastructure and Urban Wellbeing in Later Medieval Italy (University of Pennsylvania Press) wins American Association for Italian Studies Book Awards in Medieval Studies for 2019. In this book, Guy Geltner “proposes to examine public health from an … Continue reading

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Historical Parallels between the Black Death/Second Plague Pandemic and the Current Coronavirus Crisis

Janna Coomans discussed the historical parallels between the Black Death/Second Plague Pandemic and the current Coronavirus crisis on Radio 1 (Sunday 22 March) and in a recent blog post, (both in Dutch). They can be found here: https://www.vpro.nl/programmas/ovt/luister/afleveringen/2020/22-03-2020.html# https://www.historici.nl/pest-in-tijden-van-corona/?type=bijdrage

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Janna Coomans Won the 2019 Pro Civitate Award of Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium

Janna Commans, a member of the Premodern Healthscaping Project, has won the prestigious Pro Civitate award of Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts for her doctoral thesis In Pursuit of a Healthy City: Sanitation and the … Continue reading

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