Disease, Medicine, and Literature in New World Colonial Studies

March 23, 2016
2:00 - 6:00 PM
2115 Tawes Hall

This interdisciplinary mini-symposium will address big issues in New World Colonial Studies and the study of literature and medicine. Speakers will address the large topic from three different angles: Silva will discuss the topic in relation to the British West Indies; Wisecup in relation to Native Americans and coloniziers; and Lamb from the much different perspective of colonial Australia.


2:00 pm to 3:30 pm: Panel

  • Moderator: Robert Levine
  • Jonathan Lamb (Vanderbilt University) "Scurvy, Sin, and Salvation in the Literature of Voyaging"
  • Kelly Wisecup (Northwestern University) "Reimagining New World Futures: Native American Histories of Disease and the Colonial Archive"
  • Cristobal Silva (Columbia University) "Imagining Citizenship in the Republic of Medicine

3:30 pm to 4:00 pm: Break

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Roundtable Discussion, facilitated by Ralph Bauer and Tita Chico

Supported in part by a donation by the Stringer Fund. Co-sponsors include the Department of American Studies, the Miller Center for Historical Studies, the Graduate English Organization, Local Americanists, the Eighteenth Century Reading Group, the Marshall Grossman Lecture Series,  the Transatlantic Lecture Series, and the Center for Literary & Comparative Studies.

Planning Committee: Ralph Bauer, Tita Chico, Robert Levine, Karen Nelson


For more information contact: Robert Levine (rlevine@umd.edu)