Member Publication: "Epidemic Urbanism: Contagious Diseases in Global Cities"

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We are pleased to share that Epidemic Urbanism: Contagious Diseases in Global Cities, edited by Mohammad Gharipour and Caitlin DeClercq, is available as an ebook, paperback and hardback.
 
The recent pandemic has put into perspective the impact of epidemic illness on urban life and exposed the vulnerabilities of societies. Interdisciplinary case studies from across the globe explore what insights from the outbreak, experience, and response to previous epidemics might inform our understanding of the current world.
 
This book seeks to explore the profound and complex ways that architecture and landscape design were impacted by historical epidemics around the world, from North America to Africa and Australia, and to convey this information in a way that meaningfully engages a public readership. The chapters analyse the development of urban infrastructure, institutions and spaces in western and eastern societies in response to historical pandemics. They also demonstrate how epidemic illnesses, and their responses, exploit and amplify social inequality in the urban contexts and communities they impact. The contributors to this new study are historians, public health experts, art and architectural historians, sociologists, anthropologists, doctors and nurses. In researching their contributions, all have spoken to an audience that includes the public, practitioners and academic readers; the resultant case studies reveal a diverse range of urban interventions that are connected to the impact of epidemics on society and urban life, as well as the conceptualization of and response to disease.
 
 
Table of Contents
 
Preface – Mohammad Gharipour and Caitlin DeClercq
Prologue: Pandemics and Urban Health – Sandro Galea

PART 1: URBAN GOVERNANCE: POLITICS AND MANAGEMENT 

1. Plague in Sibiu and the First Quarantine Plan in Central Europe, 1510 – Katalin Szende and Ottó Gecser
2. Mughal Governance, Mobility, and Responses to the Plague in Agra, India, 1618–19  – Mehreen Chida- Razvi
3. Urban Governance, Economic Intervention, and the Plague in Bristol, England, 1665–66 – Andrew Wells
4. Smallpox and the Specter of Mexican Citizenship, 1826 – Farren Yero
5. Complacency, Confusion, and the Mismanagement of Cholera in York, England, 1832 – Ann- Marie Akehurst
6. Cholera, the Roman Aqueduct, and Urban Renewal in Naples, Italy,1860–1914 – Sofia Greaves
7. The Contested Governance of Border Railways and the Plague of Northeast China, 1910–11 – Yongming Chen and Yishen Chen
8. Print, Politics, and the Smallpox Epidemic in Terre Haute, USA, 1902–3 – Allen Shotwell
9. Colonialism, Racism, and the Government Response to Bubonic Plague in Nairobi, Kenya, 1895–1910 – Catherine Odari

PART 2: URBAN LIFE: CULTURE AND SOCIETY 

10. Women, Social Solidarities, and the Plague in 17th- Century Newcastle, England – Rachel Clamp
11. The Jewish Ghetto as a Space of Quarantine in Prague, 1713 – Joshua Teplitsky
12. Hygiene and Urban Life in the “District of Death” in 19th- Century Istanbul – Fezanur Karaağaçlıoğlu
13. Religious Rituals and Cholera in the Shrine Cities of 19th- Century Iran – Fuchsia Hart
14. Social Life, Illness, and the Marketplace in Kumasi, Ghana, from the 20th Century to the Present – George Osei and Shobana Shankar
15. The City as Field Hospital and the Influenza Epidemic in Seattle, USA, 1918–19 – Louisa Iarocci
16. Rural Migrants, Smallpox, and Civic Surgery in 20th- Century Baghdad, Iraq – Huma Gupta
17. House, Social Life, and Smallpox in Kathmandu, Nepal, 1963 – Susan Heydon
18. Meningitis, Shared Environments, and Inequality in São Paulo, Brazil, 1971–75 – Daniela Sandler

PART 3: URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE: PERMANENCE AND CHANGE

19. Epidemics and the Royal Control of Public Health in Lisbon, Portugal, 1480–95 – Danielle Abdon
20. The Guadalquivir River and Plague in Seville, Spain, in the 16th Century – Kristy Wilson Bowers
21. Social Inequity and Hospital Infrastructure in the City of Puebla, Mexico, 1737 – Juan Luis Burke
22. Colonial Infrastructure, Ecology, and Epidemics in Dhaka, 1858– 1947 – Mohammad Hossain
23. South American Health Conventions, Social Stratification, and the Ilha Grande Lazaretto in Brazil, 1886 – Niuxa Dias Drago, Ana Paula Polizzo, and Fernando Delgado
24. Plague, Displacement, and Ecological Disruption in Bombay, India, 1896 – Emily Webster
25. French Urbanism, Vietnamese Resistance, and the Plague in Hanoi, Vietnam,1885–1910 – Michael Vann
26. Building a Community on Leprosy Island in the Philippines, 1898–1941 – Mary Anne Alabanza Akers
27. Shifting Health Paradigms and Infrastructure in Australia in the 20th Century – Karen Daws and Julie Willis

PART 4: URBAN DESIGN AND PLANNING: INTERVENTIONS AND IMPLICATIONS

28. Urban Design, Social Epidemiology, and the Bubonic Plague of Palermo, Italy, 1575–76 – Carlo Trombino
29. Cholera and Housing Reform in Victorian London, England, 1850–1900 – Irina Davidovici
30. Public Health, Urban Development, and Cholera in Tokyo, Japan, 1877–95 – Susan L. Burns
31. The Hong Kong Plague and Public Parks in the British Settlements of Shanghai and Tianjin, China, 1894 – Yichi Zhang
32. Rebuilding the British Seamen’s Hospital at Smyrna in the Wake of Smallpox and Cholera Epidemics, 1892 – Işılay Tiarnagh Sheridan Gün and Erdem Erten
33. Spatial Change and the Cholera Epidemic in Manila, the Philippines, 1902–4 –  Ian Morley
34. Plague, Housing, and Battles over Segregation in Colonial Dakar, Senegal, 1914 – Gregory Valdespino
35. Urban Transformation and Public Health Policies in Post- Influenza Lagos, Nigeria, 1918 – Timothy Oluseyi Odeyale
36. Urban Landscape Transformations and the Malaria Control Scheme in Mauritius, 1948–51 – Nicole de Lalouvière

Epilogue: Post- COVID Urbanism and Architecture – Richard J. Jackson
Glossary
Bibliography
Authors’ Biographies
Index
 
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Hi Mohammad and Caitlin

Your edited volume Epidemic Urbanism: Contagious Diseases in Global Cities looks a reader’s delight as it captures comprehensively an “the profound and complex ways that architecture and landscape design were impacted by historical epidemics around the world, from North America to Africa and Australia”.

Early this month I brought out an edited volume in epidemics and pandemics in India called Outbreaks: An Indian Pandemic Reader. Delhi: Pencraft International, 2022.

It has three sections, viz., Past Epidemics: Critical Readings, Epidemics in Films, Literature and Culture, and above all contributions relating to Covid-19, including writings of scholars such as David Arnold, David Hardiman, Ralph Nicholas, Niels Briemns, Harish Naraindas, film and literary critics such as Amrit Ganger, Heinz Werner Wessler and historical and social analysts of Covid-19 like Sudhir Chandra, Arun Bandopadhyay, Pramod Kumar Nayar, Rohini Mokashi-Punekar and Madan Meena, among a few distinguished others.

The book is available in India on Amazon and Flipkart. It can also be ordered directly from the publisher.

I hope this volume will find a wider readership across boundaries.