dr. (Daniel) DR Curtis

dr. (Daniel) DR Curtis
Associate professor Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication Department of History
Location
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam
Email
curtis@eshcc.eur.nl
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I have a project funded by the NWO VIDI (800,000 euro), which goes by the title "Positively Shocking! The Redistributive Impact of Mass Mortality through Epidemic Diseases and Violent Conflict in Early Modern Northwest Europe".

Recent literature has suggested that throughout history hazards such as violent conflict and epidemic disease outbreaks were two of the major avenues through which societies became more equitable – a so-called “levelling effect”. Empirical evidence for this phenomenon, however, remains patchy at best – especially as we move into the deeper past. In my project, we do three things.

First, we provide more systematic empirical evidence for the redistributive impact of epidemics and conflicts – with tighter spatial and temporal refinement of our approach allowing us to differentiate between temporary and structural changes.  

Second, we explain the direction of distribution – egalitarian or inequitable – by zooming in on the institutional framework in which redistribution takes place. What is the effect of commodity markets, factor markets, property rights, collective associations, inheritance practices, and so on?

Third, we reflect on the “meaning” of any redistribution seen. To what extent does a change in a Gini coefficient, for example, mean anything for the societal actors involved in terms of their economic and social position and composition of wealth? In the process, we reflect on the terms on which wealth and property was owned or accessed, the different ways in which wealth portfolios could be composed, and the prevalence of intersectional or obscured inequalities.

I have a side-project on the visual representation of epidemics – particularly in cinematic history – and has led to a new open access book co-authored with Qijun Han entitled “Infectious Inequalities: Epidemics, Trust, and Social Vulnerabilities in Cinemahttps://library.oapen.org/viewer/web/viewer.html?file=/bitstream/handle/20.500.12657/52017/9781000540765.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y.  

I am happy to hear from any prospective students (BA/MA/PhD) interested in the broad domain of environmental hazards, famines and diseases in the past, and their implications for social and economic development over the long term.

  • Daniel Curtis (17 March 2020) - Hollywood pandemics

  • Daniel Curtis (2021) - From One Mortality Regime to Another? Mortality Crises in Late Medieval Haarlem, Holland, in Perspective
  • Daniel Curtis (2020) - Preserving the Ordinary in the Age of the Second Plague Pandemic
  • Daniel Curtis (2016) - Medieval Environmental Hazards and Coping
  • Daniel Curtis (2016) - The Many Faces of Plague: Plague Epidemiology and Economic Divergence in the 17th-century
  • Daniel Curtis (2016) - The shock to reinvigorate medieval economic history?
  • Daniel Curtis (2015) - The ERC project: coordinating for life
  • Daniel Curtis (2015) - Environmental Shocks and Resource Redistribution in the Premodern World
  • Daniel Curtis (2015) - What kind of horseman? Plague and urbanization in the Low Countries, 17th Century
  • Daniel Curtis (2015) - Plague in seventeenth-century Europe: A rejoinder to Alfani’s ‘epidemiological hypothesis'
  • Daniel Curtis (2015) - Danger and Displacement in the Dollard: The 1509 Flooding of the Dollard Sea (Groningen) and its Impact on Long-Term Inequality in the Distribution of Property

  • Daniel Curtis (2022) - Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • DR (Daniel) Curtis (2020) - Scientific and Technological Achievement Award (STAA)
  • DR (Daniel) Curtis (2019) - Open Access Book Grant
  • DR (Daniel) Curtis (2018) - NWO VIDI
  • DR (Daniel) Curtis (2018) - Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index, Article of the Month
  • DR (Daniel) Curtis (2015) - NWO VENI
  • DR (Daniel) Curtis (2014) - Scouloudi Historical Research Award
  • DR (Daniel) Curtis (2013) - British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences / Leverhulme Trust, Small Research Grant
  • DR (Daniel) Curtis (2009) - Cambridge Members’ History Prize (2nd)

Bachelor Thesis Class Crisis & Conflict

Level
BA-3
Year
2021
Year Level
BA-3
Course Code
CH3075

Bachelor Thesis Class War, peace, econ.

Year
2021
Year Level
BA-3, BA-3
Course Code
CH3085

Capitalism and Inequality

Year
2021
Year Level
BA-2, BA-2
Course Code
CH2204

BA Thesis Class Int. and Ec. History

Level
BA-3
Year
2021
Year Level
BA-3
Course Code
CH3087

Bachelor Thesis Class Globalization

Level
BA-3
Year
2021
Year Level
BA-3
Course Code
CH3078

Epidemic Disease, Famine and Development

Year
2021
Year Level
BA-2, BA-2
Course Code
CH2222

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