Premodern Public Health: The End of an Oxymoron?

Date/Time: Wed 18 Apr / 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Caulfield Campus, H116, Monash University

School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies 

Public Lecture 

Premodern Public Health: The End of an Oxymoron?

This lecture challenges a common understanding of public health as a by-product of modernity by looking at how urban communities in Italy fought disease and promoted health in the Middle Ages. Italy was, by far, the most urbanised region of premodern Europe. It was here, rather than in the Industrial Revolution of the later eighteenth century, that Europeans began to fathom, on a large scale, the challenges facing cities and developed diverse paths to preventing metropolises from becoming necropolises. Tracing the centrality of health and its political underpinning in earlier times challenges current paradigms, with major implications for the idea of the Middle Ages in an allegedly postcolonial world.

PhD Princeton, 2006) is professor of medieval history, and co-founder and former director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Amsterdam. He studies the social, urban and religious history of later medieval Europe, and the history of crime and punishment. He has held fellowships at Oxford, Monash, Birkbeck College, London, Stanford, and Harvard’s Villa I Tatti. Professor Geltner is currently Visiting Scholar in the Arts ‘Body in the City, 1100-1800’ Focus Program.

Wednesday 18 April

5.30pm – 6.00pm
6.00pm – 7.00pm
Drinks and Nibbles
7.00pm – 8.00pm

Monash University
Room H116, Level One
Building H , 900 Dandenong Road 
Caulfield Campus

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