Myron Gutmann

Historical demography in an interdisciplinary era

Abstract:  Historical Demography has always been fundamentally interdisciplinary. It brings together the rigor of the historian and the demographer, and from the very beginning it has attempted to add understanding about fundamental relationships between population and health, social structure, and economic change. Yet even that interdisciplinary breadth may seem narrow in the 21st century, when our most adventuresome colleagues are stretching their approach to include ever larger populations, more direct engagement with the role of the environment, and sophisticated spatial analysis at scales reaching the global. In this talk I will attempt to challenge the audience to think about how these new approaches can be meshed with those we have used in the past to give an ever-more sophisticated understanding of populations in the past.