Participants Announced for London NEH Summer Seminar on Health and Disease

Press Release Sixteen applicants for the National Endowment for the Humanities 2012 Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers "Health and Disease in the Middle Ages" were recently honored by being selected for this prestigious five-week program. ASU Professor Monica Green and Assistant Professor Rachel Scott will lead them in an interdisciplinary seminar to be held June 24-July 28, 2012, in London, England. Assisting them will be three distinguished scholars of medieval medicine: Ann Carmichael, Indiana University; Luke Demaitre, University of Virginia; and Florence Eliza Glaze, Coastal Carolina University. The seminar is supported by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University, in which the seminar's co-directors are affiliated faculty. The program will be based at the Wellcome Library, the world's premier research center for medical history. Participants will visit the Museum of London and the Chelsea Physic Garden, as well as the Roman bath complex in the city of Bath, in order to study physical artifacts and material remains related to medieval health and the treatments of disease. The sixteen participants, including two advanced graduate students, were selected out of a diverse national pool of applicants from a variety of disciplines whose contributions to the scholarship of medicine, health, and disease in the Middle Ages hold much promise. They are: Dr. Bridie Andrews, Professor of History, Bentley University, teaches courses in Asian and modern world history and the history of medicine. She has published extensively on the history of modern Chinese medicine. For the London Seminar, she will be examining the British Library's collection of Dunhuang medical manuscripts as part of a project to further explore the connections between European and Asian medicine in premodern times. Dr. Winston Black, Postdoctoral Fellow, Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Tennessee, is a specialist in the history of canon law. That interest led him to the work of the twelfth-century archdeacon Henry of Huntingdon, whose Latin herbal poem he has just edited. This summer, Black will be exploring further his interests in the composition, use, and transmission of medical poetry. Dr. Hugh Cagle, Assistant History Professor, University of Utah, teaches courses on Comparative Colonialism and the History of Science. In the Seminar, he will examine the challenges posed to the theory and practice of medieval medicine by 15th-century Portuguese encounters with the epidemiological environment of coastal West Africa. Dr. Alan Cooper, Associate Professor of History, Colgate University, teaches courses on medieval geography, the Crusades, and Western Tradition. He will be working on a project on post-traumatic stress in medieval England. Dr. Fabian Crespo, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Louisville, teaches Human Biological Variation; Genes, Peoples, and Evolution; and Human Evolution in Health and Disease. He is currently researching the long-term immunological consequences of sustained epidemics in human populations. Dr. Theresa Earenfight, Professor of History, Seattle University, is a specialist in the history of medieval Spain. She is currently doing research for a study of fertility and infertility among aristocratic and royal women in the Middle Ages. Dr. Jennifer Edwards, Assistant Professor of History in Manhattan College, teaches courses on the history of the body, the Crusades, and women in medieval Europe, as well as the Black Death in England. For the Seminar, she will be exploring the relationships between lepers and the saints who specialized in miraculous healings of leprosy in medieval cities. Dr. Nahyan Fancy, Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and Comparative History, DePauw University, specializes in medieval Islamic science and medicine and medieval Islamic intellectual history. His project for the summer is to study the relationship between theoretical medical texts and the practice of medicine in the works of the physician Ibn al-Nafis and his successors in the Islamic Mediterranean. Dr. Heidi Keller-Lapp, Faculty Lecturer and Assistant Director of the "Making of the Modern World" Program at the University of California, San Diego, teaches courses relating to all aspects of the modern world as well as gender, the Reformation, and the history of social and political thought in Europe. Keller-Lapp will use the opportunity of the Seminar to enhance the medical component of her teaching, and also to study the nursing and apothecary duties of seventeenth and eighteenth-century Ursuline nuns sent to French colonial outposts in the New World and India. Dr. Christine Lee is a Visiting Associate Professor at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing. She is a bioarcheologist specializing in human skeletal remains from the Bronze Age to the end of the Medieval Period of China and Mongolia. In the Seminar, she will focus on integrating historical documentation with the physical evidence of Old World infectious disease. Dr. Stephen Pemberton, Associate Professor of the Federated Department of History, New Jersey Institute of Technology, is also a member of the graduate faculty of the History Department at Rutgers University. In addition to teaching science and technology in modern medicine, he is the author of The Bleeding Disease: Hemophilia and the Unintended Consequences of Medical Progress. His interests are now extending into the deeper past and for the Seminar he will be investigating the earlier history of hereditary bleeding disease. Dr. Sara Ritchey, Assistant Professor of History, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, has taught courses in religion and spirituality in the Middle Ages, the history of nature in the pre-modern West, the Body in History, and medieval meditation. This summer, she will be continuing work on a project using hagiographic materials and vernacular medical manuals to investigate the role of meditation in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century healing practices in the Low Countries. Dr. Charlotte Stanford, Associate Professor of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature, Brigham Young University, has written extensively on burial practices and funerary rituals of the medieval era. For the Seminar, she will be examining diet practice and theory, and archaeological and scientific material in preparation for a study of the dietary practices and physical structure of the hospital of late medieval Strasbourg. Jennifer Stemmle, doctoral student in medieval history, the Middle East, and social theory, University of California, Santa Barbara, is pursuing a dissertation on the hospitals and leprosarium of medieval Liege. For the Seminar, she is particularly interested in pursuing how ideas of the body surrounding ascetic practices compared with medical ideas that circulated in the southern Low Countries in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries Dr. George Sussman, Professor of History, LaGuardia Community College, is a specialist in the history of France and also world history. He is currently working on a global history of plague incorporating recent, multi-disciplinary scholarship, particularly the question of possible reservoirs of the pathogen Yersinia pestis in pre-modern Africa. Hsaio-En Wu, doctoral student in medieval history, Stanford University, is pursuing a dissertation on twelfth- and thirteenth-century theologians' notions about disease, poverty and heresy, and especially the history of the Hospital of Santo Spirito in Rome, founded by Innocent III in 1198. For the Seminar, she will be expanding her understanding of medieval theories of disease and medical treatment, focusing particularly on disability of the sense organs. Contact: William Gentrup gentrup@asu.edu 480-965-4661 Website: Click Here