History in the Time of Pandemics: Essays and Bibliographies

An Open Peer Review Project of the IsisCB

The IsisCB Pandemics Special Issue consists of over 20 commissioned essays and bibliographies listed below. Clicking on the link to each essay will take you to the status page for that essay where you can read the essay and consult the bibliography. Each status page contains links to each version of the essay and bibliography along with the peer reviewed comments and the editors' report for that version. You can read more about the issue, the unique open review process, and the publication here. All accepted essays will be published online as a Special Issue at the University of Chicago Press site for the journal Isis. (Note: Some essays appear in multiple sections.)

    Part A. Essays and bibliographies with a topical focus

      1. Understanding pandemics and epidemics

      • 1. A Short Bibliography of the History of Epidemiology [Read]
      •           Lukas Engelmann (University of Edinburgh)
      • 2. Emerging Infectious Diseases and Disease Emergence: Critical, Ontological and Epistemological Approaches [Read]
      •           Matheus Alves Duarte da Silva (University of St. Andrews)
      •           Jules Alexander Skotnes-Brown (University of St. Andrews)
      • 3. Vaccination and Pandemics [Read]
      •           Dora Vargha (University of Exeter)
      •           Imogen Wilkins (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
      • 4. Coinfection, Comorbidity, and Syndemics: On the Edges of Epidemic Historiography [Read]
      •           Lukas Engelmann (University of Edinburgh)

      2. Specific diseases and types of diseases

      • 1. Making Microbes: Theorising the Invisible in Historical Scholarship [Read]
      •           James Stark (University of Leeds)
      • 2. Zoonosis: The Age of Pandemics [Read]
      •           Barbara C. Canavan (Independent scholar)
      • 3. Influenza: Bibliographic Review [Read]
      •           Mark Honigsbaum (City University, London)
      • 4. Documenting a Global Disease Response: Global AIDS Historiography and Its Significance for COVID-19 [Read]
      •           Reiko Kanazawa (Nagoya University)

      3. Social and political issues

      • 1. Epidemic Inequities: Social and Racial Inequality in the History of Pandemics [Read]
      •           Michael F. McGovern (Princeton University)
      •           Keith A. Wailoo (Princeton University))
      • 2. The Limits of Linearity: Recasting Histories of Epidemics in the Global South [Read]
      •           Valentina Parisi (Columbia University)
      •           Kavita Sivaramakrishnan (Columbia University)
      • 3. Documenting a Global Disease Response: Global AIDS Historiography and Its Significance for COVID-19 [Read]
      •           Reiko Kanazawa (Nagoya University)

    Part B. Essays and bibliographies with a chronological, geographical, or linguistic focus

      4. Pre-Modern contexts

      • 1. Pandemics in the Ancient Mediterranean World [Read]
      •           Rebecca Flemming (University of Exeter)
      • 2. Plague in the Mediterranean/Islamicate World: A Bibliographic Review [Read]
      •           Nükhet Varlık (Rutgers University)
      • 3. Global Health in a Semi-Globalized World: History of Infectious Diseases in the Medieval Period [Read]
      •           Monica H. Green (Independent Scholar, Phoenix, Arizona)
      • 4. The Great Dying: The Epidemiological and Medical Implications of Old and New World Encounters in the Pre- and Post-Contact Eras [Read]
      •           Monica H. Green (Independent Scholar, Phoenix, Arizona)

      5. Geographical contexts

      • 1. Epidemic Histories in East Asia [Read]
      •           Robert Peckham (University of Hong Kong)
      •           Nancy Yang (University of Hong Kong)
      • 2. History of Pandemics in Southeast Asia: A Return of National Anxieties? [Read]
      •           Vivek Neelakantan (Independent Historian of Medicine, Southeast Asia, India)
      • 3. COVID-19 Response in South Asia: Case Studies from India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan [Read]
      •           Arnab Chakraborty (Shanghai University)
      • 4. The Limits of Linearity: Recasting Histories of Epidemics in the Global South [Read]
      •           Valentina Parisi (Columbia University)
      •           Kavita Sivaramakrishnan (Columbia University)
      • 5. The European Perspective on Pandemics: A Bibliographic Survey [Read]
      •           Leander Diener (Universität Zürich)
      •           Flurin Condrau (Universität Zürich)
      • 6. Global Health in a Semi-Globalized World: History of Infectious Diseases in the Medieval Period [Read]
      •           Monica H. Green (Independent Scholar, Phoenix, Arizona)
      • 7. The Great Dying: The Epidemiological and Medical Implications of Old and New World Encounters in the Pre- and Post-Contact Eras [Read]
      •           Monica H. Green (Independent Scholar, Phoenix, Arizona)
      • 8. History of Pandemics in Latin America [Read]
      •           José Ragas (Instituto de Historia – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

      6. Linguistic contexts

      • 1. History of Epidemics: A Bibliographical Essay on Secondary Sources in Italian and on Italy [Read]
      •           Maria Conforti (Sapienza Università di Roma)
      • 2. History of Pandemics: A bibliographical Essay on Secondary Sources in German [Read]
      •           Heiner Fangerau (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf)
      •           Ulrich Koppitz (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf)
      •           Alfons Labisch (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf)
      • 3. Mapping the French Landscape of Secondary Literature about Epidemics and Epidemiology [Read]
      •           Gladys Kostyrka (University of Edinburgh)
      • 4. History of Pandemics in Latin America [Read]
      •           José Ragas (Instituto de Historia – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
      • 5. Epidemic Histories in East Asia [Read]
      •           Robert Peckham (University of Hong Kong)
      •           Nancy Yang (University of Hong Kong)

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