Urban Europe

          1200 – 1500

The Team

decorativeGUY GELTNER is a historian of health and society at Monash University and the University of Amsterdam. He is the Principal Investigator of Premodern Healthscaping and focuses on the development of preventative policies and practices in a number of towns in later medieval Italy. His recent book on the topic is Roads to Health: Infrastructure and Urban Wellbeing in Later Medieval Italy (Philadelphia, 2019).
decorativeClaire Weeda is a cultural historian whose main fields of interest include medicine, the body politic, socio-cultural indexation and community formation in later medieval Europe. She is currently focusing on public health and organic politics in urban centres, tapping political and health regimens, mirrors of princes, sermons and conduct manuals as well as documents of practice such as political deliberations and bylaws. Her recent book is Ethnicity in Medieval Europe, 950-1250:Medicine, Power and Religion (London, 2021).
JANNA COOMANS is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam and author of Community, Urban Health and Environment in the Late Medieval Low Countries (Cambridge, 2021). She defended her dissertation titled “In Pursuit of a Healthy City: Sanitation and the Common Good in the Late Medieval Low Countries”, in June 2018. Her current research project explores the practices of various agents to promote communal wellbeing in the late medieval urban Low Countries. Her main research interests are the history of (public) health; social and urban history and more theoretical explorations of spatiality and materiality; as well as gender, medicine, crime, and urban governance.
decorativeTaylor Zaneri has a PhD from New York University with a focus in Anthropological Archaeology. Her dissertation research combined GIS modeling and zooarchaeology to study food production in medieval Lucca, Tuscany. She currently serves as a GIS and Informatics instructor on the excavation of Badia Pozzeveri in Altopascio, Italy. In addition, she has participated in excavations of medieval sites in Southern France and Sicily.
Léa Hermenault is a post-doc researcher at the University of Amsterdam. She has a PhD from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University in medieval and modern urban archaeology. Her dissertation analyses the effects of daily circulations on the urban fabric (streets, buildings, plots, etc.) of Paris between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries, using a large range of sources and GIS technology. In her research,  she tries to combine urban history and archaeology by exploring the impact of urban material constraints on social processes.
decorativeLola Digard is a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Amsterdam. She obtained a Master in Medieval Studies from the University of Lyon Lumière by presenting a thesis entitled “Quid est flebotomia: The practice of bloodletting in the context of Cloister medicine.” Her main research interests are the history of science and medicine, as well as social and religious history.
decorativePEYMAN AMIRI is a PhD researcher at the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis. His research, which intersects history and political theory, examines formations of resistance manifested in practices of everyday life under conditions of extreme control. He functions as the research coordinator in the Premodern Healthscaping Research Project.