Disease in the Middle Ages (DMA) is a five-week seminar for college and university teachers to be held July 5 - August 8, 2009, in London, England. Based at the world's premier research center for medical history, the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine at University College, London, and the Wellcome Library, this Seminar will gather scholars from across disciplines interested in fundamental humanistic questions of health and disease 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 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. We will also demonstrate how understanding traditional, humanistic studies of medieval medicine can inform modern scientific studies of disease.
Special emphasis will be placed on assisting participants with independent projects relating to the History of Medicine, especially, but not restricted to, those based on unpublished primary sources.