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Global and transdisciplinary perspectives on sanitary cordons throughout history

2nd International Conference of the Quarantine Studies Network

7th- 8th November 2018

Hosted by the University of the Balearic Islands (Sa Riera building), Palma de Mallorca




Wednesday, 7th November

8.45 - 9.15 Registration - Sa Riera (University of the Balearic Islands)

9.30 Opening Address:  Local Committee.


Session 1: Cordon organization and political management, I, Old Regime

(9.30 h – 11.30 h)


Chair: Joana Maria Pujadas-Mora (Centre d’Estudis Demogràfics – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona/ Pere Salas (Universitat de les Illes Balears).

Renato Sansa (University of Calabria); The Enemy Within. Isolation Strategies in Rome during the Plague of 1656-57. 

Joan March; Berta Paz; Agustín Ceba (University of the Balearic Islands);Sanitary control of epidemics in Eivissa (seventeenth century, Balearic Islands).

Rita Profeta (Università degli Studi Roma Tre); Cordoni sanitari reali e potenziali: il ruolo dei Vicari Generali nel Regno di Sicilia tra il 1743 e il 1745.

Ibrahim Saadoui (Université de Tunisie); Etat et Société face à la peste dans la Régence de Tunis de 1780 à 1820. 

11.30 h – 12.00 h:Coffee break

Session 1, II, 19th - 20th centuries

(12.00 h – 14.00 h)


Chair:  Jon Arrizabalaga (Spanish National Research Council, CSIC).

Paul-Arthur Tortosa (European University Institute); Public health or the wealth of nations? Sanitary cordons and the yellow fever epidemic of 1804 in northern Italy.


Laurinda Abreu (Universidade de Évora/CIDEHUS); The last territorial border in Portugal (1885): logistic issues and social control.


Daniele Palermo (Università degli Studi di Palermo); Cordoni sanitari e dialettiche politiche nella Sicilia del secondo decennio del XIX secolo.


Yannis Gonatidis (University of Crete); Mapping the isolation. The network of sanitary cordons and lazarettos in Greece during the long nineteenth-century.


Pere Salas (University of the Balearic Islands); Joana Maria Pujadas-Mora (Center for Demographic Studies- Autonomous University of Barcelona);Constitutionalism and sanitary cordons in Southern Europe (Mallorca, nineteenth century).




14.00 – 15.00:Lunch

Session 2:   Legislation on cordons 

(15.00 h – 17.00 h)



Isabel Moll (Universitat de les Illes Balears).

Antoni Contreras (Universitat de les Illes Balears); Mallorca’s legislation on cordons in late middle ages.


Costas Tsiamis, Chrisoula Hatzara, Georgia Vrioni (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens); Agreement on the Health Control of Sea and Air Traffic (Brussels Treaty, 1948): early network of “Sanitary Cordons” or early “Fortress Europe”?


Jean Baptiste Nzogue (University of Douala);French colonial authorities and the surveillance of sleeping sickness in Africa: the case of Cameroon 


Christian Promitzer (University of Graz); From “Plague Front” to Cordon sanitaire – the crucial change of preventive policies of the Habsburg Empire vis-a-vis the Ottoman Empire and its successor states in the Balkans (1820s-1870s).



Conference hall of the Medical Association of the Balearic Islands (COMIB)

18.00 h:

Lecture: Dr. Antonio Pareja, "Modern Epidemiology: Examining the Present and Learning from the Past”.Head of the unit of Epidemiology and Infection Control, University Hospital of Son Llàtzer (Palma)


20. 30 h: Dinner offered by the organization of the meeting



Thursday, 8th November

Session 3:Sanitary cordons, culture and conflict 

(9.00 h– 11.00 h)

Chair: John Chircop (Mediterranean Institute, University of Malta) / Quim Bonastra (University of Lleida).

Antoni Picazo Muntaner (Universitat de les Illes Balears); Bad ideas. The "Sanitary Cord" of the inquisition in the Kingdom of Mallorca


Malika Ezzahidi (Université Hassan II) Réflexions sur les réactions au Maroc contre le cordon sanitaire imposé à la ville de Tanger en 1878 par le Conseil sanitaire international.


Rubén Mirón-González (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha); Àlvar Martínez-Vidal (Universitat de València); Sanitary and ideological confinement at the French border: internment camps for the Spanish Republican refugees after the Retirada (1939) 


Francisco Javier Martínez(Investigador principal convidado FCT, CIDEHUS, Universidade de Évora); Inscribing religion, medicine and power in Morocco: a micro-history of the sanitary cordon at Mogador Island during the 1890s.


Eduardo Pascual Ramos (University of the Balearic Islands); Hygiene and public health in the city of Palma during the 18th century (1715-1812).



11.00 h – 14.00 h: Visit to the Hospital General(founded in 1450) + Coffee break in the hospital + Visit to the Quarantine Area + Lunch

Session 4, Inside of sanitary cordons: management and activities. 

 (14.00 h – 16.00 h)


Chair:  Laurinda Abreu (Universidade de Évora/CIDEHUS) /Francisco Javier Martínez(Investigador principal convidado FCT, CIDEHUS, Universidade de Évora)

John Chircop (Mediterranean Institute, University of Malta); Soldiers, priests and expurgators: exploring the interstices of sanitary cordoned sites in three colonial possessions, 1800-1870s. 


Isabel Moll (University of Balearic Islands); Circles within circles: Policies and medical practice inside sanitary cordons in Mallorca during two epidemics: plague 1820, yellow fever 1821.


Quim Bonastra (University of Lleida); Surveillances and architectural morphologies in the quarantine system.


Abdel-ilah Dehani (Universite Mohammed V); L’îlot d'Essaouira: Camp d'isolation des pèlerins marocains au 19 siècle.



16. 00 h – 16.30 h: Coffee break


Session 5, Circulation of knowledge and ideas on sanitary cordons &

Sanitary Institutions and health control at the Old Regime

(16.30 – 18.30)



Chair: Joan March (Universitat de les Illes Balears) / Agustín Ceba (Universitat de les Illes Balears).


Jamel El Hadj (EHESS Marseille, France);Les chirurgiens de nation: un service de santé dans les Échelles de la Méditerranée, XVIIe-XVIIIe siècles.


Josep Lluís Barona (Universitat de València); Famine and epidemics in Eastern Europe (1919): the first major international intervention.


Pierre Nobi (Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po); A debate without borders. Medical circulations on yellow fever and its prevention in the Spanish and French Atlantic (1790s – late 1820s). 


Celia Miralles Buil (CIUHCT-University of Lisbon); Without sanitary cordons? Protecting Lisbon and Barcelona against epidemics after Porto’s plague (1899-1931).


Elina Gugliuzzo (University Pegaso, Naple)  Sanitary Policies in the Ottoman Empire in a Global Perspective




19. 00 h

Visit to the Royal Academy of Medicine of the Balearic Islands (RAMIB)


20.30 h: Dinner (optional).