Owen Davies

Epidemics Past and Present: Fear and Folklore

Owen Davies, a Professor of Social History in the School of Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire, explores the epidemics of past and present through a unique lens of fear and folklore.



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About Owen Davies

Owen Davies is a Professor of Social History in the School of Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire. In 2009 he co-founded the Heritage Hub at the University, which works with, and supports, local history and heritage groups.

Much of Owen’s work concerns the belief in witchcraft, magic, ghosts, and popular medicine from the ancient world to the modern era. This has also led to work on global comparative studies, and interdisciplinary research applying archaeological, anthropological and biomedical knowledge to historical topics. Most recently, it has led to collaborative work on the reception of electricity in the homes of the poor.

As part of his work for the Heritage Hub, Owen led a funded community heritage project that explored the history of the de Havilland works at Hatfield, from the arrival of de Havilland to the final days of British Aerospace.

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