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Presented By: Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies

EIHS Workshop: Historicizing Health: Wellness, Illness, and Recovery Across Time and Space

Grace Argo, Alex Burnett, Erin Johnson, Emily Lamond, Hannah Roussel, Stephie Yoon, Melanie S. Tanielian (moderator)

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Description: “Health,” as a historical concept, has multiple meanings. It may denote a functional body, accompanied by feelings of comfort and absence of disease. It also has mental, spiritual, and social dimensions to express the overall wellness of physical bodies in the context of everyday life and environment. Moreover, health extends beyond the individual, affecting communities and geopolitical entities. Overall, health is a dynamic process that is often represented via a graduated scale or continuous spectrum ranging from wellness and optimal functioning at one end, to disability and illness culminating in death at the other. This EIHS graduate student workshop explores the historical construction of the concept of health and related notions such as therapy, disability, and recovery. A wide range of geographical and temporal settings are considered, including Sassanian Babylonia, the Roman Empire, medieval and early modern England, and the twentieth-century United States.

• Grace Argo (Graduate Student, History, University of Michigan)
• Alex Burnett (Graduate Student, History, University of Michigan)
• Erin Johnson (Graduate Student, History, University of Michigan)
• Emily Lamond (Graduate Student, Ancient History, University of Michigan)
• Hannah Roussel (Graduate Student, History, University of Michigan)
• Stephie Yoon (Graduate Student, History, University of Michigan)
• Melanie S. Tanielian (moderator; Associate Professor, History, University of Michigan)

This event presented by the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. It is made possible in part by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.

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