Dear H-World Colleagues,
In light of the minimal engagement by the media with historians specializing on pandemics in the pre-modern past, the Medieval Academy of America will be sponsoring a Webinar, open to the general public, on the following theme: "The Mother of All Pandemics: The State of Black Death Research in the Era of Covid-19." This will be held from 1-3pm (EDT), Friday, 15 May 2020. Pre-registration is not required; however, it is recommended that those wishing to attend arrive early to assure themselves a spot. The Webinar will be videotaped and made available after the session on the Academy's YouTube channel. Here is the link describing the Webinar and providing the Zoom link: https://www.medievalacademy.org/general/custom.asp?page=PandemicWebinar.
A bibliography emphasizing the latest work in the field of Second Plague Pandemic studies is being prepared and will be posted via a link to a Google Doc. Questions can be submitted to the panelists via Twitter by using the hashtag #MAAWebinar. (You can follow the Medieval Academy at @MedievalAcademy.)
Here is the list of speakers, in their order of appearance:
- Monica H. Green, Independent Scholar (https://independentscholar.academia.edu/MonicaHGreen), overview on the "new plague paradigm".
- Bob Hymes, Carpentier Professor of Chinese History, Columbia University (http://ealac.columbia.edu/robert-p-w-hymes/), plague in China.
- Gérard Chouin, Associate Professor of History, College of William and Mary (https://www.wm.edu/as/history/faculty/Chouin_g.php), plague in sub-Saharan West Africa.
- Nükhet Varlık, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark and University of South Carolina (https://sasn.rutgers.edu/about-us/faculty-staff/nukhet-varlik; https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/artsandsciences/history/our_people/directory/nukhet.php), plague in the Ottoman world.
- Seeta Chaganti, Professor of English, University of California-Davis (https://english.ucdavis.edu/people/seetac), Danse macabre and cultural responses to mass death in Europe.
- Matt Gabrielle, Dept of Religion and Culture, Virginia Tech (https://liberalarts.vt.edu/departments-and-schools/department-of-religion-and-culture/faculty/matthew-gabriele.html), engaging the Middle Ages in the midst of current events.
Monica H. Green