28 Oct

Infection and Disease, Healing and Recovery: The Justinian Plague

Opening hours / Beginning:

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

28 October 2021



28 October 2021 // Prof. Dr. Albrecht Berger: Die Justinianische Pest ("The Justinian Plague")

The so-called Justinian Plague was an epidemic of bubonic plague that broke out in the Mediterranean Basin in 541. It subsequently spread across many parts of Europe, and recurred in several waves over a period of approximately two centuries. Although the number of victims remains a matter of debate, the Justinian Plague was certainly one of the factors that made a significant contribution to the end of the Classical world and its culture.

"Infection and Disease, Healing and Recovery" — lecture series organized by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Munich (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 for 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 e-mail to either Jan Glück or Klaus Kipf. They will then receive the link for the Zoom sessions by e-mail.

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