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Annual Symposium

History Department Symposium_320Afflicted Bodies, Affected Societies: Disease and Wellness in Historical Perspective
February 7 - 8, 2019

The year 2018 marks the centennial of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, one of the deadliest outbreaks of disease in recorded history. To acknowledge the social impact of illness on humanity, the History Department at Seton Hall University will host a two-day symposium on disease and wellness in historical perspective. Some of the questions we seek to investigate over the course of this symposium are as follows:

  • How have notions of illness and wellness changed over time? In what ways have medical progress and discovery been shaped by wars and natural disasters? 
  • How did regimes of hygiene fashion social hierarchies or imperial policy?
  • What have been the social, political, and economic consequences of the diseased body and/or mind in various societies?
  • How do civilizations conceptualize disease and miracles within faith practices?
  • How do public health and issues of social justice intersect?  

Keynote Address: Dr. Alan Kraut, Professor of History at American University, will open the symposium at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7 in Bethany Hall, Room A. His talk is entitled "Fearing Foreign Bodies: A Perennial Theme of American Nativism." For more information, visit the calendar event »

The event is free and open to the public.

A copy of the symposium program can be found here.

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