ReMeDHe (pronounced “remedy”) is a working group for Religion, Medicine, Disability, Health, and Healing in Late Antiquity. Scholars of late antique religion have become increasingly interested in topics of illness, injury, disease, disability, health, and healing, while historians of medicine are becoming increasingly aware of the overlap between medical, philosophical, and religious practices and ways of knowing.  In this moment, scholarly trajectories that had formerly been distinct are coming together.  Thus many of us working on healing and health in late antiquity–and particularly on the intersections between and influence of various healing domains–have been building a community to track and coordinate our research projects, to provide feedback on works-in-progress, and to explore potential avenues for collaboration.  Co-Directors of the ReMeDHe working group, Kristi Upson-Saia (Occidental College), Heidi Marx (formerly Marx-Wolf, University of Manitoba) and Jonathan Zecher (Australian Catholic University), along with the ReMeDHe Board, are working on creating opportunities for conversation and collaboration. 

What we do

ReMeDHe supports a range of services and projects aimed at aiding and promoting the interdisciplinary research of Religious and Medical history. 

During the past few years we have, for example: 

  • hosted panels at professional conferences; 
  • edited and published  “special issues” in several journals; 
  • sponsored workshops to support and advise junior scholars writing first books and articles; 
  • launched a book series; 
  • addressed disability and access concerns across professional organizations; 
  • shared and developed pedagogical methods, and encouraged emerging voices in the field. 

We further support inclusive scholarly collegiality via social media. Learn more at:

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