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Lucy C. Barnhouse
|List Affiliations:||Review Editor for H-Sci-Med-Tech
|Interests:||German History / Studies
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department of Fordham University, New York. My dissertation, “The Hospitals of Mainz: Legal Privileges and Social Functions,” examines the effects of canon law on the development of late medieval hospitals. This work is interdisciplinary, focusing on the intersections between legal, religious, and medical history. I use documents of practice, chiefly from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, to shed light on the place of hospitals, including leper hospitals, in the religious and social networks of late medieval cities. My work also engages with late medieval understandings of disease, and how these are revealed in different types of sources, from sermons, to civic regulations, to collections of medical recipes. I plan to consider medical miscellanies (manuscripts compiling multiple treatises) for my next project, in order to explore the intersections of learned and popular medicine in the late Middle Ages. I am also interested in digital scholarship, and the opportunities it affords for creating conversations that reach beyond the academy. I have also been creating podcasts for Footnoting History, on topics including the history of science, technology, and medicine, since 2013.