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HealthScaping SIGNED

Healthscaping Urban Europe: Bio-Power, Space and Society, 1200-1500

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Project "HealthScaping" data sheet

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Organization address
address: SPUI 21
postcode: 1012WX

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 1˙998˙004 €
 EC max contribution 1˙998˙004 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-11-01   to  2022-10-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM NL (AMSTERDAM) coordinator 1˙998˙004.00


 Project objective

Medieval public health is mired in modern myth: without centralized governments, democratic values and advanced medicine, promoting health at the population level was purportedly either unthinkable or simply impractical. Offering a radically different view, HealthScaping will document, analyze and disseminate knowledge about preventative public healthcare between 1200-1500, an era of accelerated urbanization followed by massive demographic decline, with the onset of Black Death (1347-51). This long-term and comparative perspective will fundamentally revise the narrative of European public health by tracing the development and impact of pertinent government policies, medical discourses and social and religious action in the continent’s two most urbanized and richly documented regions, Italy and the Low Countries. The project taps numerous written, material and visual sources and archaeological data from several sites, and examines them also by critically engaging the insights of governmentality studies, cultural-spatial analysis and actor-network theory. A multidisciplinary team, working in a Geographical Information Systems environment and generating innovative urban health maps, will recover earlier societies’ struggles with domestic and industrial waste, travel and labor hazards, food quality, and social and religious behaviors considered harmful or dangerous. As such, the project’s implications will be broad and profound, for it will 1) dislodge bio-power from its accustomed place in modernity; 2) historicize the concept of the public sphere from a health perspective; and 3) challenge the privileged role given to epidemic disease as a catalyst for environmental interventions in premodernity. It will also 4) generate new insights for public health scholars and practitioners working today around the globe, by rethinking the feasibility of preventative interventions under highly diverse forms of government, culture and topography.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Claire Weeda
Reviewing Conduct Books: Galenic Medicine and the “Civilising Process” in Western European Households c.1100–1300
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The Elite Household in England, 1100-1550: Proceedings of the 2016 Harlaxton Symposium 2019-11-06
2019 G. Geltner
In the Camp and on the March: Military Manuals as Sources for Studying Premodern Public Health
published pages: 44-60, ISSN: 0025-7273, DOI: 10.1017/mdh.2018.62
Medical History 63/1 2019-11-06
The king of dirt: public health and sanitation in late medieval Ghent
published pages: 82-105, ISSN: 0963-9268, DOI: 10.1017/s096392681800024x
Urban History 46/1 2019-11-06

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