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Chasing the Plague in Edinburgh: Scientific and Literary Perspectives on the Infectious Disease

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Chasing the Plague in Edinburgh: Scientific and Literary Perspectives on the Infectious Disease, 4 credits, IP, no prerequisites, June 4-26, 2019

Students will spend three weeks in residency in Edinburgh

"Chasing the Plague" will explore the scientific history and literature of plagues in Scotland, with a special focus on Edinburgh. As a city ravaged twice by the plague, Edinburgh represents the ideal location to explore how infectious disease has shaped and continues to shape culture, architecture, history, and identity. Students will spend three weeks in residency in Edinburgh discovering the city, gaining a first-hand understanding of its literary and scientific history, and occasionally traveling to nearby sites. Through a mixture of in-classroom lectures and reading discussions, site-specific activities aroudn the city, and trips to related areas like Leith or Inchkeith Island, students will gain a greater understanding of the impact infectious disease can have on a population. In addition to engaging literarily with the plague, students will also be introduced to relevent topics in ummunology and explore current research on the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.

  • Gain a better understanding and appreciation for the roles of infectious disease in shaping culture, history, literature, and scientific endeavours.
  • Read and write creative work informed by knowledge of and anxieties about infectious disease in a big city.
  • Learn about the complexities of the immune system and gain exposure to current infectious disease research.

Program Leaders:

Rachel Johnson
Joshua Johnson

All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

Application Deadline: December 15

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