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CfP: Health, Environment and Urban Development in the Middle Ages, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University Museum, Trondheim, Norway, 17-18 February 2022

25-09-2021 11:10


The aim of the conference is to share results and promote interdisciplinary debate amongst international colleagues who have worked across disciplines with research questions related to health, environment, and medieval urban development. We welcome papers from archaeology, history, ancient DNA, paleobotany, zoology/zooarchaeology, climate science, linguists, literary studies, and other relevant disciplines.

We welcome proposals for papers of 20 minutes in length (+ 10 minutes of discussion) engaged with the session themes. Abstracts should not exceed 200-300 words, and are to be sent to Elisabeth Forrestad Swensen, e-mail: elisabeth.swensen[at] by no later than 17 December 2021, and should contain the following information: name, institutional affiliation, email.

Keynote speakers: Prof. Guy Geltner, Monash University, Melbourne, and Prof M. Thomas P. Gilbert, Centre for Geogenetics, University of Copenhagen.

The conference is organized by the Norwegian Research Council funded project “Medieval urban health: from private to public responsibility” (2017-2020), whose goal has been to shed new light on how public health evolved from individual practices to public actions; what factors caused this ground-breaking development? The overarching methodological principle has been to compare the natural and built urban environment in medieval Trondheim with developments in health, diet, and mobility. The evidence has been gathered from large collections of well-preserved skeletons from medieval cemeteries in Trondheim. Biomolecular analyzes have also been applied to identify the character of infectious diseases in the urban population during the period c. AD1000-1600.

Organizing committee: Prof. Axel Christophersen (Department of Archaeology and Cultural History, NTNU University Museum), Prof. Hans K. Stenøien (Department of Natural History, NTNU University Museum) and senior research fellow Elisabeth Forrestad Swensen (Department of Archaeology and Cultural History, NTNU University Museum).


Η Δράση Αναβάθμιση και Ανανέωση του ιστοχώρου της Ελληνικής Εταιρείας Οικονομικής Ιστορίας χρηματοδοτείται από το Κοινωφελές Ίδρυμα Ιωάννη Σ. Λάτση, στο πλαίσιο του Προγράμματος Ενίσχυσης Επιστημονικών Εταιρειών 2016