20 Jan

„Bestürzt flohen sie vor dem Tod und konnten ihm doch nicht entkommen“

Opening hours / Beginning:

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

20 January 2022



20 January 2022 // Prof. Dr. Knut Görich: ‘Distraught they fled from death and still could not escape it’

On the epidemic that decimated the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa’s army near Rome in 1167.

"Infection and Disease, Healing and Recovery" — lecture series organized by the Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Winter Semester 2021/22)

In the course of the past 18 months or so, countless television programs, lecture series, podcasts – as well as stories on social media, newspapers, magazines and other media – have dealt with the medical and ecological background to the current coronavirus pandemic. Its psychological impact and its social, economic and political repercussions have also been widely debated. Indeed, never before has there been some much interest in an infectious disease, and how to treat it successfully.

Infectious diseases, their cultural and social impacts, and medicine’s long battle against them have been a subject of great interest to humankind for very much longer stretch of time.

The lecture series organized by the Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ZMR) will focus on the historical record of infectious and other diseases, and on efforts to heal those afflicted by them during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

The lecture series will be held in German and presented via Zoom. All students who have registered with LSF will receive the Zoom link for the series by mail at their campus address. Other interested parties can register by sending an email to either Jan Glück or Klaus Kipf. They will then receive the link for the Zoom sessions by email.

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