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Research interests

I am a broadly trained social and urban historian, with an archival basis in Italian city-states between the thirteenth and fifteenth century. Yet I remain strongly committed to comparative history, in space and time, sine qua non. Topics I've written about include the history of crime and punishment, and especially incarceration and corporal punishment; the mendicant orders, deviance among them and resistance to them; and urban policing and public hygiene, a strand that has led me to engage intensively with spatial analysis, also using GIS, and a variety of (bio)archaeological evidence. Beyond individual research strands, I've led team projects on the Franciscans of the Holyland under the Mamluks; the history of anti-corruption from antiquity to the present; and public hygiene in urban Europe, 1200-1500. Most recently, I've begun broadening the scope of the latter theme towards non-urban and mobile communities, such as armies, courts and miners, as well as beyond western Europe. Doing so has brought me into closer contact with environmental history and mobility studies, and their diverse methodologies and evidence.

Supervision interests

I have (co)supervised a broad range of PhD theses, from constructions of ethnicity in the long twelfth century, to the architecture, operation and performance of criminal courts between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, to urban hygiene and water management between the thirteenth and seventeenth century, to the interactions of armies and their environments from the twelfth to the eighteenth century, all across western Europe. Outside of Europe, I have supervised projects on the Franciscans in the Holyland under the Mamluks, the Mamluk-era Waqf, and Mamluk-Mongol cultural interactions. Ongoing dissertations deal with multi-layered dispute settlement among Hansiatic communities in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, emerging notions of territory and territoriality in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Brabant, and narratives of resistance among Iranian political prisoners in the 1980s and 90s.

Feel free to contact me if you are considering a chronologically, geographically or thematically relevant dissertation topic.

Research area keywords

  • health history
  • urban history
  • history of crime and punishment
  • infrastructures
  • social History
  • public health
  • mobilities

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Research Output

ScholarlyHub: A progress report at six months

Geltner, G. & Willinsky, J., 1 Jan 2020, 22nd International Conference on Electronic Publishing - Connecting the Knowledge Commons: From Projects to Sustainable Infrastructure, ELPUB 2018. Chan, L. & Mounier, P. (eds.). OpenEdition Press, (International Conference on Electronic Publishing - Connecting the Knowledge Commons: From Projects to Sustainable Infrastructure, ELPUB 2018).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperOtherpeer-review

The Path to Pistoia: Urban Hygiene before the Black Death

Geltner, G., Feb 2020, In : Past and Present. 246, 1, p. 3-33 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File

In the Camp and on the March: Military Manuals as Sources for Studying Premodern Public Health

Geltner, G., Jan 2019, In : Medical History. 63, 1, p. 44-60 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
1 Citation (Scopus)

Roads to Health: Infrastructure and Urban Wellbeing in Later Medieval Italy

Geltner, G., 2019, Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA: University of Pennsylvania Press. 320 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Urban Viarii and the prosecution of public health offenders in late medieval Italy

Geltner, G., 2019, Policing the Urban Environment in Premodern Europe. Rawcliffe, C. & Weeda, C. (eds.). Amsterdam The Netherlands: Amsterdam University Press, p. 97-119 23 p. (Premodern Crime and Punishment).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review