Posted on behalf of Poonam Bala.
Discovery (ies) and Disease: Colonial Conquest and Indigenous Communities
in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans
The introduction and spread of disease through colonial contact from Europe and colonized regions to indigenous communities, orchestrated the social, economic and political collapse of long-standing indigenous structures but facilitated colonial conquest. The volume focusses on the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, to examine how colonial contact accelerated the introduction and spread of disease among individuals and communities that occupied coastal regions, islands and countries of the Atlantic-Indian-Pacific Oceans. We invite chapter contributions that will show how communities were affected by disease following a period of frequent colonial contact and conquest. Our aim is to establish the long-term impact of disease, epidemics and pandemics on people and populations and to contribute to studies on medical catastrophes as initiated by colonial contact and conquest, since the 17th century and beyond. Drawing from studies on empires, colonial encounters, maritime histories, littoral communities and transoceanic exchanges, we are seeking chapter contributions on the following themes from 17th century onwards, but not limited to these:
Historiography, Epidemics, Pandemics and catastrophes (including the current COVID-19 pandemic), Demise and Depopulation of indigenous communities, medicine, physicians and disease, role of Indigenous medicine (s) and healers, medical practice, Navigation and travel writing, Trade, Commerce and Contagion, Littoral communities and impact of trade, seas as historic and social units.
This volume is edited by Poonam Bala (Cleveland State University/ University of South Africa) and Russel Viljoen (University of South Africa).
Abstract of 350 words and a brief resume should be sent to email@example.com by 1 August 2020. Complete chapter contributions will be due by 1 December 2020.