PhD Position: Preventative Medicine and the Medici Court, 1530-1737

Project description:

This PhD scholarship is an important part of the ARC-funded project “Pursuing Public Health in the Preindustrial World, 1100-1800,” led by Prof. G. Geltner.

The team project will reconstruct and analyze preventative healthcare theory, policy and practice across three regions between 1100-1800—India, the Eastern Mediterranean and Europe—through the prism of three mobile and sedentary groups: pilgrims, miners and courts. The successful applicant will join an international and multi-disciplinary research team and contribute to the wider project, while undertaking their own distinct PhD project, which they are welcome to design under the broad contours of Medici-era preventative healthcare aimed at the group level.

Undertaking a PhD as part of a larger project has several advantages. First, the successful candidate will be integrated into an international research team and agenda that has already been funded by the Australian Research Council, and will have access to funding to support archival work, digitization, travel, and conference attendance. Second, the candidate will benefit from expert supervision from research leaders in health history, archaeology and religious studies. Finally, the candidate will benefit from being part of outcomes from the research, which may include co-authored publications (where the candidate’s contributions will be recognized through co-authorship), funded symposia and workshops, school-engagement exercises, and future grant applications.

Monash University is the largest university in Australia and regularly ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide. Monash has six globally networked campuses and international alliances in Europe and Asia. The applicant will be based at the Clayton campus in Melbourne. The Arts faculty at Monash is inclusive and vibrant, and the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies (SOPHIS) combines relevant expertise in history, archaeology, philosophy and religion. The school’s high-profile Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) is a particularly congenial environment for students of premodern Europe. We have a strong and supportive research culture, led by internationally recognised scholars successful in attracting national and international competitive funding.

More information can be found after 15 April through Monash University’s website.


Prof G. Geltner, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies (

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