Tuesday, August 11, 2015

CFP: Medieval Landscapes of Disease

Medieval Landscapes of Disease

Kalamazoo, MI -- May 12-15, 2016

Following on a successful session last year, I'm offering another session on Medieval Landscapes of Disease this year at Kalamazoo.

In recognition that diseases are manifestations of their environment, this session seeks papers that place medieval diseases within their environmental context. Just as a seed must be placed in good soil to grow, infectious disease requires a permissive environment to develop into an epidemic (or epizootic) and an ideal environment to bloom into a pandemic or panzootic. I am open to all manner of studies and disciplines that address these issues.

Examples of acceptable topics:

- Historic impacts of epidemics and/or epizootics
- Endemic disease in medieval environments
- Environmental causes of disease such as malnutrition or industrial
pollution related disease
- Health effects of human-animal interactions
- Applications of the One Health Approach to medieval disease
- Archaeological assessments of human health and disease
- Landscape alterations intended to improve human or animal health
- Ecology of the built environment

Abstracts of no more than 300 words and the Participant Information Form should be sent to Michelle Ziegler at ZieglerM@slu.edu by September 15. Pre-submission queries are welcome.

The Participant Information Form and additional information be found at
http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html .

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