EXILE, ISOLATION, AND QUARANTINE
2020 has been a year when exile, isolation, and quarantine have been inescapable. As we try to deal with and make sense of an uncertain present, we look to the past for precedent, and for how people in the Medieval and Early Modern world coped with periods of exile, isolation, and quarantine. How were individuals and societies changed, and how did they adapt to these issues?
While the coronavirus pandemic has affected all of humanity, through a variety of experiences, the theme of Volume 8 is not simply limited to outbreaks and suppression of diseases in history, with political, religious, psychological, penal, even emotional reasons for both exile and isolation being a frequent theme throughout the whole of the medieval and early modern periods. The ability (or inability) to physically travel is conceptually related, as is the very popular genre of travel literature with its descriptions of exotic locations and inhabitants. How did gender affect the experience of isolation or quarantine differently? Was wealth (or its lack) a factor in how exile was experienced? There is also the voluntary aspect of exile and isolation, where some people like missionaries or explorers chose to leave their communities, while others like hermits or other religious mystics of various faiths chose to isolate themselves from society either through physical distance or through physical barriers to their communities or buildings.
Ceræ invites submissions encompassing all aspects of the late classical, medieval, and early modern world. There are no geographical restrictions. As an interdisciplinary journal, Ceræ encourages submissions from archaeology, art history, historical ecology, literature, linguistics, intellectual history, musicology, politics, social studies, and beyond.
This volume is currently in production.
Featured Image: Giacomo Borlone de Burchis, The Triumph of Death, 15th century, fresco, Oratorio dei Disciplini, Clusone, Italy.