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Workshop on the Economies of Disease and Disability from Antiquity to the Middle Ages (December 2011, UK)

5th Annual Interdisciplinary Workshop: Economies of Disease and Disability from Antiquity to the Middle Ages 

Date: 3rd and 4th December 2011

Venue: University of Nottingham, UK

The ‘Disease, Disability and Medicine’ workshops have been a leading UK interdisciplinary forum for scholars working in a variety of disciplines and regions of Medieval Europe . For this year’s workshop we are inviting both scholars in Medieval Studies and Antiquity.

The topic for the 5th workshop is: ‘Economies of Disease and Disability from Antiquity to the Middle Ages’.

The current economic climate is seeing a renegotiation of the parameters of disability; similar renegotiations must have happened in previous centuries. This workshop will address the following: how did wealth and economy impact on the lives of impaired people, their families/carers and their dependants in Antiquity and Medieval Europe? We are inviting contributions from any discipline related to medical humanities.

Proposals are invited for any aspect of health and wealth, which may include the following topics:

  • poverty and disability (is disability wealth-related?)
  • definitions of disability
  • benefits/ charity and charitable institutions for the impaired
  • health economies
  • the economic impact of epidemics
  • the language of disability
  • burial and wealth of the impaired
  • work and status

We also welcome proposals applying contemporary models to medieval and antique evidence and vice versa.

Please send abstracts (no more than 500 words) to Dr Christina Lee: christina.lee@nottingham.ac.uk by 30th September 2011

For more information click here.

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