Posted by: Alice Nelson | 19/04/2013

Wellcome Unit Seminar Monday 22 April

Treatments for syphilis by sweating, inhalation, and cautery. Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

Treatments for syphilis by sweating, inhalation, and cautery. Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

Trinity Term 2013 History of Medicine Seminar Series

Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine,
Seminar Room, 47 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PE

This term’s seminars have been convened by Dr James Kennaway on the theme of Medical Conceptions of Self-control and Social Control.  Each week we will post a blog on the upcoming seminar with detail of the topic and speaker.

The seminars are on Mondays at 2.15pm
Coffee will be available from 2.00pm

Week 1 – 22 April
Sam Cohn, University of Glasgow
Naming and Blaming in Early Modern Europe: the Case of Syphilis

About the speaker
Professor Sam Cohn‘s research interests include late medieval, Renaissance, and early modern Italy: social and economic history, plague, disease, demography, religion, sex and women, criminality, mentalities. Late medieval European history (Italy, France, and Flanders): popular revolt, state formation, disease and epidemiology, violence and persecution of the Jews. He is currently finishing a monograph for Cambridge University Press, entitled Popular Protest in Late Medieval Towns and has embarked on a new project, ‘Pandemics: Waves of disease, waves of hate from the Plague of Athens to AIDS’, funded by the Wellcome.

Selected Publications

  • Popular Protest in Late Medieval English Towns, (CUP, 2013) – In Press
  • ‘Hate in times of pestilence’ in Clio’s Psyche,  2012, 19 (2).
  • Cultures of Plague: Medical Thinking at the End of the Renaissance, (OUP, 2010). Available in the Wellcome Unit Library at RA650.6.I8 COH 2010 or as an eBook.
  • Lust for liberty: the politics of social revolt in medieval Europe, 1200-1425, (Harvard University Press, 2006). Print copies available in the Bodleian Libraries or as an eBook as part of the Bodleian Libraries’ ebook trial
  • The Black Death Transformed: Disease and Culture in Early Renaissance Europe, (Arnold, 2002). Print copies available in the Bodleian Libraries.

Related books in the Wellcome Unit Library

  • Claude Quetel,  History of Syphilis (John Hopkins University Press, 1992) at RC201.4 QUE 1992
  • Laura J. McGough, Gender, sexuality, and syphilis in early modern Venice : the disease that came to stay (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) at RC201.4 MCG 2011
  • Jon Arrizabalaga, John Henderson and Roger French, The Great Pox: the French Disease in Renaissance Europe
    (Yale University Press, 1997) at RC201.6.A6 ARR 1997

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