Public Health in the Preindustrial World


decorativeGuy Geltner is Professor of History at Monash University. He is the Principal Investigator of Premodern Healthscaping and Chief Investigator of Pursuing Public Health in the Premodern World. His work focuses on preventative policies and practices in Italian cities and among miners in the preiod 1100-1550. In addition he has published widely on urban history, the history of crime and punishment, and the early mendicant orders.

Megan Cassidy-Welch is Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Studies and Director of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program at the Australian Catholic University. Her work deals with themes of space, memory and violence across the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, particularly in the contexts of crusading and religious life. She is also currently part of a large-scale project on religious mobilities in the medieval and early modern world with ACU and international partners. 

Aydogan Kars is a Senior Researcher and Discovery Early Career Research (DECRA) Fellow, whose primary research field is Islamic intellectual history. Aydogan is running the Ibn Arabi Initiative research and engagement project, and the ARC-DECRA project titled Through the Lens of Sufism: Global Dissemination of Knowledge in Islam. As a member of the team, he traces prophylactic theory and practice in a variety of Muslim legal, mystical, and theological texts, travel narratives and advice manuals for religious travelers between 1200-1500.

Farhat Hasan is professor of medieval and early modern South Asia at the Department of History, University of Delhi (New Delhi, India). He works on state-society relations, and is particularly interested in the study of the intersections between regimes of power and perceptions of disease and health. He has worked on social perceptions of the body and the notions of health and disease in medical and didactic texts. He is currently working on the preventive practices in South Asia during the medieval and early modern period and the extent to which they shaped the public health policies in colonial India

Shireen Hamza is a PhD candidate in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice. She is completing a dissertation on Islam and medicine in the medieval Indian Ocean world, and has also published on the history of sexuality. She is also a managing editor of the Ottoman History Podcast.

Sarah May is completing her Masters in Research Training at Monash University, Naarm/ Melbourne, Australia. Her research explores transnational disaster relief from Chinese-Australians to support victims of the North China Famine in the late 19th century. She is interested in disaster, identity, and diaspora. She functions as the project coordinator for this team.