The Disease Within: Confinement in Europe, 1400-1800

The Disease Within: Confinement in Europe, 1400-1800

Oxford Brookes University

4-5th March 2011

Oxford Brookes University

This two-day conference brought together leading scholars from medical history, early modern social history and architectural history to exchange and debate ideas regarding the relationship between health and architecture in institutions of confinement. Two central themes were explored: the effect of confinement on the health of those within the institutions and debates about the potential effects of unhealthy bodies of the poor, sick, criminal and dangerous inmates on wider towns and cities. Despite the best attempts by authorities, inhabitants and their diseases continued to pose a risk to communities’ health and morality from behind closed doors and beyond high walls.

The Podcasts presented below were kindly funded by the Wellcome Trust Strategic Award held by Oxford Brookes University’s ‘Centre for Health, Medicine and Society: Past and Present’.

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Health and the Urban Environment

Vanessa Harding

(Birkbeck University)

“Health and the Urban Environment"

 

 

Playing the Confinement Card: Financing of small hospitals in Brittany, 1662-1772

Tim McHugh

(Oxford Brookes University) 

“Playing the Confinement Card: Financing of small hospitals in Brittany, 1662-1772”

 

Female Asylums and the French Disease in Early Modern Venice

Laura McGough

(Ghana)

“Female Asylums and the French Disease in Early Modern Venice”

Read by Tricia Allerston

‘From a Distance it Looks like a Castle’: Contagion, communities and confinement in early modern Venice

Jane Stevens Crawshaw

(Oxford Brookes University)

“‘From a Distance it Looks like a Castle’: Contagion, communities and confinement in early modern Venice”

 

Jail Fever: A story of class, contagion and panic in eighteenth-century London

Kevin Siena

(Trent and Oxford Brookes International Research Fellow)

“Jail Fever: A story of class, contagion and panic in eighteenth-century London”

Confined for their own Good: Children and the Workhouse

Alysa Levene

(Oxford Brookes University)

"Confined for their own Good" 

 

 

 

Putting the ‘Work’ in ‘Workhouse’: The causes and effects of periodic confinement on children under the English Old Poor Law

Peter Jones

(Oxford Brookes University)

“Putting the ‘Work’ in ‘Workhouse’: The causes and effects of periodic confinement on children under the English Old Poor Law”

 

 

 

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