The Undesirable: How Parasites, Diseases, and Pests Shape Our Environments

ESEH Summer School, Prague, 28-31 August 2016

Publication: Arcadia, a collaboration of the Rachel Carson Center and the European Society for Environmental History, publishes short, peer-reviewed environmental histories.

Sunday 28 August
10:00 Welcome and Introductions
11:00 Opening lecture: Soňa Štrbáňová: “Prague as an Open-Air Museum of Science“
14:00 Panel 1: Urban Spaces and Pests
Impulse statement: Dolly Jørgensen
15:00 – 17:00 Gabriela Jarzębowska: “Ethics of Urban Pest Management – The Case of Rats“
Jeannine-Madeleine Fischer: “Pests and Urban Nature – Ideals of the Good City in Auckland, New Zealand“
Lindsay Garcia: “The Art of the American Cockroach: Catherine Chalmers and Affective Bodily Performance“

Monday, 29 August
9:00 Panel 2: Disease in Urban and Rural Spaces
Impulse statements
Heidi Hein-Kircher: “Epidemics as a Social Security Problem in Urban Societies around 1900: Answers of Urban Planning and Urban Services for the Public in Lviv“
Anna Mazanik: “Meat, Disease and Human-Animal Relations in Late Imperial Russia”
10:30 – 12:30 Yannis Stoyannidis: “Tuberculosis, Modern Cities, and Healthy Countryside”
Luisa Pichler-Baumgartner: “Cholera (Fear) and Typhoid Fever: The Role of Epidemics in the Establishment of Urban Water Infrastructures in the City of Linz/Donau”
Viktoria Lykova: “Diseases and Peasants in Southern Ukraine in the Eighteenth Century”
14:00 Panel 3: Diseases and Culture
Impulse statement
Liza Piper: “Morality, Culture, and Places of Ill-Health: Insights from the Canadian North”
15:00 – 17:00 Robert Stark: “Dump the Mumps: Engaging Gender and Disease in the 2007-2008 Post-Secondary Mumps Vaccination Campaign in Alberta, Canada”
Kandace Bogaert: “Treating the "Undesirable": Venereal Patients in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1918“
Laura Lockau: “The Antiquity and Origins of Venereal Syphilis: A Social History”
19:30 Evening lecture at the Goethe-Institut
Duncan Mclean: “The Politics Behind the Ebola Crisis”

Tuesday, 30 August
9:30 Panel 4: Pests and Agriculture
Impulse statement
Paul Sutter: “Tropical Disease and Environmental Causation: The Cases of Malaria and Yellow Fever“
10:30 – 12:00 Lawrence Kessler: “Plantations, Pests, and Parasites: Sugarcane Planting and Environmental Control in Hawaiʻi, 1890–1930”
Harald Lehrner: “The San José Scale in Austria“
13:30 – 15:30 Tour of the University Hospital (Karel Černý)
16:00 Panel 5: Diseases and Vectors
Impulse statement
Katharina Kreuder-Sonnen: “Carriers of Disease: Vectors in the History
of Bacteriology“
17:00 – 18:30 Marco Ferrari: “Understanding Mosquitoes’ Molecular Defences to Protect Environment, a New Approach”
Tayler Meredith: “The Good, the Bad and the Ague: Defining Healthful Airs in Early Modern England”
19:00 Dinner

Wednesday, 31 August
9:00 – 11:30 Writing Workshop (Patrick Kupper)
11:30 – 12:30 Closing Remarks
13:00 – 17:00 Optional excursion: tour of the old waste water treatment plant in Prague-Bubeneč

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