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Research Seminars



James L.A. Webb Jr.
Colby College Historical Epidemiology and Contemporary Disease Challenges


10 Apr 2018

4:30 p.m.
10.66 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus



New perspectives from the biological sciences and from environmental history have opened new avenues through which to explore the histories of contemporary disease challenges. The emerging subfield of historical epidemiology - the study of the impacts of efforts to control disease over time and the ways in which interventions have transformed patterns of disease and influenced disease transmission - will demand approaches that integrate several domains of knowledge. What hurdles will need to be surmounted? What role, if any, should medical historians take on? What are the promises and pitfalls of historical epidemiology?


Prof. James L.A. Webb Jr. is Research Professor at Colby College in Maine. He is a specialist in the historical epidemiology of infectious disease whose research integrates evidence from the biological sciences and the social sciences to develop historical perspectives that are useful to practitioners and planners in global public health. Recent book publications include The Long Struggle Against Malaria in Tropical Africa (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014) and Global Health in Africa: Historical Perspectives on Disease Control, co-edited with Tamara Giles-Vernick, (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2013). He is currently working on a global epidemiology of human waste and infectious intestinal disease.


Co-sponsored by Centre for the Humanities and Medicine, HKU, and the Department of History.


All are welcome. No registration is required.