OCGH Workshop: Disease and Global History

Oxford Centre for Global History
Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine

‘Disease and Global History’ workshop

Friday 22nd May, 2015 – 9am-5.30pm
Venue: Nuffield College, Oxford

Nils Christian Stenseth & Boris Schmid (University of Oslo), ‘The climatic pulse of Asia: the Black Death and successive plague reintroductions into Europe’
James Belich (University of Oxford), ‘Plague Circulation in Europe, 1346-1722: An Experiment in Biohistory’
Rohan Deb Roy (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science), ‘Vectors of Global History: Mosquitoes in British India and Beyond, c.1890-1940’
Christos Lynteris (University of Cambridge), ‘The Global Vision of Plague, 1894-1924’
Mark Harrison (University of Oxford), ‘Pandemics’
Mark Honigsbaum (Queen Mary, London), ‘”Getting to Zero”: Ebola and the Politics of Disease Elimination’
Round table led by Professor Alison Bashford (University of Cambridge)

Convenors: James Belich, John Darwin, Mark Harrison

Through Works such as Alfred W. Crosby’s Columbian Exchange and William H. McNeill’s Plagues and Peoples we have become accustomed to the idea that diseases have shaped the destiny of peoples and civilizations.  But we need to think more deeply about how disease might form the basis for new directions in global history.  Bringing together scientists, historians and anthropologists, this workshop aims to consider some of these directions.  It aims to find methodologies that help us to understand the complexities of disease transmission and explain the long-term effects of global integration on health and social change.  It will explore also the cultural dynamics of a global disease environment and the implications of thinking globally for public health.

Places are limited and booking essential, contact global@history.ox.ac.uk

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