Early Modern Pandemics, Quantitative Research and Inequality with Daniel Curtis

Episode 66 - June 17, 2021
Carting the corpses

Daniel Curtis (Erasmus University Rotterdam) talks to Merle and Lee about his diverse work that touches upon multiple disease-related fields. After an overview of the timeframe in which Daniel works – the late medieval and early modern periods, the conversation moves to a discussion of scholarly collaboration in the humanities. Daniel then discusses the benefits and challenges in quantitative work, especially in premodern contexts, and points out that few scholars reflect upon the biases in the datasets. These issues are connected to Daniel’s current project, which looks at inequality in the aftermath of premodern pandemic. The end of the interview focuses on another of Daniel’s recent projects – looking at diseases, epidemics and pandemics in film, where he examines how women or the poor appear in these films, or how they portray heroism. 

Our Guest

Daniel Curtis,

Associate Professor – Erasmus University Rotterdam – Department of History

Daniel Curtis