13 episodes

What does it mean to experience a deadly epidemic? To better understand our current COVID-19 crisis, historians Jorge Díaz Ceballos, Ian Hathaway, and Gašper Jakovac explore the long history of people’s encounters with epidemics. Teaming up with other scholars, they delve into individual sources and personal narratives, providing diverse and thought-provoking insights into the emotional, intellectual, social, and political challenges faced by individuals and communities who experienced epidemics before the rise of modern germ theory.

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What does it mean to experience a deadly epidemic? To better understand our current COVID-19 crisis, historians Jorge Díaz Ceballos, Ian Hathaway, and Gašper Jakovac explore the long history of people’s encounters with epidemics. Teaming up with other scholars, they delve into individual sources and personal narratives, providing diverse and thought-provoking insights into the emotional, intellectual, social, and political challenges faced by individuals and communities who experienced epidemics before the rise of modern germ theory.

    Ep. 13: The World War, refugees, and the long history of epidemics

    Ep. 13: The World War, refugees, and the long history of epidemics

    Our last episode is a special one. We first join Dr. Doina Anca Cretu to explore some facets of a terrible humanitarian and health crisis that took place in a war-torn Europe during World War I. Then, we join cohosts Jorge Díaz Ceballos and Gašper Jakovac to share some thoughts about the whole arch of historical experiences covered by this podcast and try to provide our listeners, and ourselves, with a bit of closure. Thank you for listening!

    Hosted by Ian Hathaway

    • 35 min
    Ep. 12: Erasmus on fear, plague and prudence

    Ep. 12: Erasmus on fear, plague and prudence

    In our twelfth episode, Professor Brian Cummings shares with us a letter written by the famous Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1466-1536). In 1500, an outbreak of plague in Paris forced Erasmus to flee to Orléans. Months later, he remained skeptical about returning to the city even though his correspondents urged him to return. What did Erasmus have to say about prudence and active avoidance of taking unnecessary risks during epidemics? Find out in today’s episode.

    Hosted by Gašper Jakovac

    • 39 min
    Ep. 11: The plague in Mumbai and Vienna, 1897-1898

    Ep. 11: The plague in Mumbai and Vienna, 1897-1898

    In our eleventh episode, Dr. Jakob Lehne shares an intriguing story of scholarly hubris, courage, and suffering. In 1897, A group of young Austro-Hungarian researchers led by Dr. Hermann Franz Müller, set sail from Trieste for Bombay to conduct research on the recent plague outbreak. After working there for more than 3 months collecting data the team returned home. Unfortunately, this was not the end of their encounter with the plague. To find out more, tune into the episode!

    Hosted by Gašper Jakovac

    • 20 min
    Ep. 10: The travels and transformations of John of Burgundy's Plague Tract

    Ep. 10: The travels and transformations of John of Burgundy's Plague Tract

    In our tenth episode, Dr. Lori Jones explores the travels and transformations of a famous plague treaty from the Middle Ages: John of Burgundy's Plague Tract. Curious about late medieval plague remedies, including bloodletting? Or perhaps you are interested in the changes to John's book made by copyists throughout the centuries? Either way, we have material for you in today's episode!

    Hosted by Ian Hathaway

    • 30 min
    Ep. 9: Plague hospitals and disease control in Renaissance Venice

    Ep. 9: Plague hospitals and disease control in Renaissance Venice

    In our ninth episode, Dr. Jane Stevens Crawshaw guides our reading of Rocco Benedetti’s Accounts of some events taking place in Venice during the plague years of 1576-1577. How did Benedetti’s work as a notary shape his views on this terrible episode of Venetian history? What did he think about the local plague hospitals’ performance and the lockdown practices ordered by the government? Find out in today’s episode!

    Hosted by Ian F. Hathaway

    Thumbnail - L'isole piv famose del mondo descritte e intagliate da Girolamo Porro. Con l'aggiunta di molte isole ... / [Thomaso Porcacchi].. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

    • 30 min
    Ep. 8: Plague and civil war in Renaissance Europe

    Ep. 8: Plague and civil war in Renaissance Europe

    In our eighth episode, Dr. Clément Godbarge explores the writings of Filippo Cavriana, a sixteenth-century Italian physician and spy who worked at the court of France for many years. What was the nature of the relationship between plague and civil war, according to Cavriana? What did this learned physician think of aggressive medical treatments? The answers might surprise you!

    Hosted by Jorge Díaz Ceballos

    • 25 min

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