Plague and the city conference programme

Friday 5 December

08.45 – 09.00 Registration
09.00 – 09.15 Welcome and opening
9.15 – 11.00 Panel 1 – Housing Plague

  1. Branwyn Poleykett (University of Cambridge) Unbuilding Rabat: Plague and the Ville Nouvelle
  2. John Henderson (Birkbeck, University of London and Wolfson College, Cambridge) ‘Filth is the Mother of Corruption’: Plague and the Built Environment in Early Modern Florence
  3. Liora Bigon (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) Bubonic Plague, Colonial Ideologies and Urban Planning Policies: Dakar, Lagos and Kumasi in Comparative View (1910s, 1920s)

Discussant: Justin Champion (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Chair: Nicholas Evans (University of Cambridge)

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee
11.30 – 13:00 Keynote 1 

Marta Hanson (Johns Hopkins University) Visualising Plague in East Asia, 1870s-1910s

Respondant: Andrea Janku (SOAS, University of London)

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 17.00 Panel 2 – Mapping Plague

  1. Pavla Jirkova (Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic) Early Modern Forms of Disease Surveillance and Mapping the Plague: Prague and Other Bohemian Towns in 1680
  2. Diego Ramiro Farinas (Spanish National Research Council) Mapping epidemics and mortality by cause of death in a big urban environment: HISDI-MAD Madrid 1890-1935
  3. Neil Cummins (LSE, University of London) Mapping Plague in London 1560-1665
  4. Lukas Engelmann (Cambridge) Photographic Mapping of Plague in the USA

​Discussant: Carlo Caduff (King’s College, University of London)

Chair: Branwyn Poleykett (Cambridge)

17.00 – 17.30 Coffee

Saturday 6 December

09.15 – 11.00 Panel 3 – Urban Crisis

  1. Maria Antonia Almeida (Instituto Universitário de Lisboa) The Plague in Oporto, 1899: Sanitary Measures and the Dispute with Lisbon
  2. Nicholas Evans (University of Cambridge) Plague unbound in Bombay

Discussant: Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes (University of Cambridge)

Chair: Lukas Engelmann (University of Cambridge)

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee
11.15 – 13.00 Keynote 2 

Robert Peckham (University of Hong Kong) Plagued in Hong Kong: Disease in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Respondent: Romola Davenport (University of Cambridge)

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.15 Panel 4 – Urban Environment

  1. Christos Lynteris (University of Cambridge) A ‘Suitable Soil’: Visualising Plague’s Environment During the Third Pandemic   
  2. Carole Rawcliffe (University of East Anglia) ‘Great Stenches, Horrible Sights and Deadly Abominations’: Butchery and the Battle against Plague in Late Medieval English Towns 
  3. Vanessa Harding (Birkbeck, University of London) Plague in Early Modern London: Chronologies, Localities, and Environments

Discussant: Jeremy Boulton (Newcastle University)
Chair: John Henderson (Birkbeck, University of London and Wolfson College, Cambridge)

16.15 – 16.30 Coffee
16.30 – 17.15 Final comments and Discussion

Samuel Cohn (University of Glasgow)

Chair: Christos Lynteris (University of Cambridge)

17.15 Closing drinks receptionPlague and the city conference poster
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