jeudi 23 avril 2020

Perspectives diachronique et transdisciplinaire en histoire de la peste

Plague and Plagues. Transdisciplinary and diachronic perspectives on the history of the plague

Call for Papers

15th-17th October 2020, Mallorca

The IN-HOPPE network, in collaboration with ADEH and the Research Group on the History of Health (GIHS) — University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), is organizing the Colloquium Plague and Plagues Transdisciplinary and diachronic perspectives on the history of the plague.

The colloquium intends to provide a panorama of the latest advances in the study of Yersinia pestis and to promote dialogue among the different involved disciplines,both in life sciences and human and social sciences.

It will take place in parallel with other activities commemorating the last plague outbreak in Majorca (1820).

The geographical scope of the meeting is centered on the Mediterranean region where the second pandemic ended, with the last known plague epidemic erupting in Egypt in 1834. We are aware that a broad geographic approach is required to understand the survival of this disease (for thousands of years) and to map the ways in which it spread.

The chronological scope begins in Protohistoric times—since the bacterium has been identified in human skeletons dating back around 3,000 years—with the goal of improving our understanding of when and how the bacterium developed its pathogenic nature.

It will take place on the 15th – 16th of October at the University of the Balearic Islands in the Sa Riera building (2 Miquel dels Sants Oliver street, 07122 Palma – Majorca: 39°34'37.5"N 2°38'41.4"E). On the 17th there will be a guided tour in the plague scenarios of 1820. Specifically, we will move to the municipalities of Son Servera, Sant Llorenç, Capdepera and Artà, located in the east of the island of Majorca.

If you want to participate, please send us the title of your paper and an abstract (300-500 words) before May 31, 2020, at the following link: .

Researchers from all disciplines involved in this kind of projects are invited to participate in this meeting by proposing, from a completely holistic and diachronic perspective, a paper on the following topics:
  • The Yersinia pestis bacterium shows a complex contamination cycle. Since its vector (the flea) is well known, interest is focused on its “hosts,” in time and space, taking into account, inasmuch as possible, the environmental conditions of the period under study.
  • The epidemiological characteristics of Yersinia pestis and its transmission mechanisms, as compared to other epidemics with which it can be confused, considering the asymptomatic nature of the disease. For this purpose, contributions are requested to determine which diseases have been historically included under the concept of plague or pestilence.
  • The pathogenicity of Yersinia pestis and its transmission mechanisms are intangible characteristics of this bacterium, but the virulence of its effects has changed dramatically. The issue of its differential lethality can be analyzed in connection to socio-economic contexts and implemented policies of prevention and public health.
  • The plague in cities vis-à-vis the plague in the rural world: different models of transmission and contamination from both macro- and micro-demographic approaches.
  • Can a new chronology be established for plague epidemics (both confirmed or attributable to some other pathogenic factor) based on recent research carried out across several continents?
  • Can the economic, demographic, genetic, cultural, and material consequences of the major plague epidemics in the short, medium, or long run be appraised from a large-scale view?


The scientific committee will notify the authors by June 30th the acceptance of their paper as oral presentations or posters.

No registration fees will be requested. However, travel expenses, accommodation and meals should be provided by the participants.

For further information, please contact Isabelle Séguy ( ) o Joana Maria Pujadas-Mora (

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