Cultural Histories of Air and Illness Conference

June 8-9, 2018, University of Warwick

Cultural Histories of Air and Illness Conference
Millburn House
University of Warwick
8–9 June 2018

Air has always had an influence on the health of individuals, societies, cities, and nations. From Hippocrates’s belief that air affected the human body to Victorian medical theories on tropical climates and bad air as the source of disease, air was understood to have a direct effect on health and to be a cause of illness. With the advent of modern medicine, the role of air’s impact on human health has shifted, but remains present. For instance, current concerns about air pollution and respiratory disease, as well as the role climate change is playing on the health of ecosystems and nations, demonstrate the continued significance of air’s relationship to health. The Cultural Histories of Air and Illness Conference will span disciplines and periods to explore broadly the connections between health and the environment, and the ways in which this relationship has been constructed, debated, and disseminated.

Registration is now open:

For further information about the conference, including information about travel and accommodation, please visit the conference webpage:

The conference is organized by Dr Amanda Sciampacone. For enquiries, please email the organizer: The conference is generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust, and the University of Warwick’s Humanities Research Centre and Department of History of Art.

Posted: May 10, 2018