NEH Summer Seminar 2012
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“Health and Disease in the Middle Ages” is a five-week Seminar for College and University Teachers to be held June 24-July 28, 2012, in London, England. Based at the Wellcome Library—the world's premier research center for medical history—this Seminar will gather scholars from across the disciplines interested in questions of health, disease, and disability in medieval Europe. Support for this Seminar comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS).

We will explore how the new scientific technologies of identifying pathogens (particularly leprosy and plague) can inform traditional, humanistic methods (historical, literary, art historical, and linguistic) of understanding cultural responses to disease and disability. Reciprocally, we will also explore how traditional, humanistic studies of medieval medicine can inform modern scientific studies of disease, which are developing at a rapid pace thanks to new methods of DNA retrieval and analysis.

Special emphasis will be placed on assisting participants with independent research projects relating to the History of Medicine, especially—but not restricted to—those based on unpublished primary sources.


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or ACMRS.

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