Florence Eliza Glaze is Associate Professor of History at Coastal Carolina; since arriving at Coastal in August 2003, she has served also as the chair of the History Department and as co-director of the University Honors Program. In Fall 2014 Glaze is teaching an Honors section of HIST 101 and HIST 302 "The Middle Ages." A strong advocate for study abroad, Dr. Glaze has led several CCU Study Abroad programs to Italy, England and Ireland. She is currently the International Programs Liaison for the Edwards College of Humanities & Fine Arts, and the project scholar for the University library's and Jackson Center's NEH/ALA-funded "Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys" series.
In her teaching, Glaze explores the interstices between the intellectual and social history of the Middle Ages, including courses on the History of Western Medicine from Greek Antiquity to the Italian Renaissance; the Norman Conquests of England, S. Italy & Sicily; the Middle Ages; the Age of Crusades; Sexuality & Gender in Medieval Europe; and the Byzantine Empire.
A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome ('08), a Fellow of the National Humanities Center ('11), and an elected 'Socia' in the Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino, Glaze held the 2007-8 Andrew W. Mellon Post-doctoral Rome Prize in Medieval Studies. During her months in Rome, she collected manuscript evidence for her study examining patterns of medical textuality in early medieval Europe, and of medical pedagogy and practice in and around Salerno, Italy, and the dispersal of that knowledge across Europe during the later 11th and 12th centuries. Her monograph on the subject will be published in 2015. Glaze is also co-principal investigator for the project "Excavating Medicine in a Digital Age: Palaeography and the Medical Book in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance" (press release for inaugural meeting at http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/newsrel2010/prrevmedicine.htm).
Specializing in the articulation of new knowledge based upon the evidence of medieval Latin medical manuscripts and healthscapes, Eliza's research explores the processes by which medical knowledge was transmitted from the ancient Mediterranean into Western Europe via classroom experiences, textual media and contextualized practices. Her ultimate interest is two-fold: to recover and identify the transmission, interpretations and use of specialized material from the Mediterranean world, and to explore the social aspects of medical thought and practice manifest in surviving codices.
In Summer 2012 she was a guest speaker at an NEH Seminar for University Professors, "Health and Disease in the Middle Ages," held at the Wellcome Library in London (http://acmrs.org/healthanddisease2012). She organized 3 panel sessions on the emergence of a Eurasian & North African 'empire' of pharmacy in the "long 12th century" as part of the 2014 International Medieval Congress in Leeds, UK.
Current projects include publishing her monograph analysis of medical knowledge and textual transmission from late antiquity through the year 1200, and critically editing and analyzing the origins and influence of the 11th century "Passionarius/ Liber Nosematon/ Book of Diseases" by Gariopontus of Salerno, which survives in dozens of glossed manuscripts. Her edition and analysis of Gariopontus' text will be published by SISMEL, the Society for the Study of Medieval Latin. Eliza is working also on three related articles exploring the impact of the Norman Conquest on Salernitan medicine, on the integration of Byzantine, Latin and Arabic 'materia medica' into southern Italian therapeutic manuals, and on manuscript evidence for the use of thermal mineral baths in the medieval Mezzogiorno. Her most recent manuscript discovery, a hitherto unidentified fragment of the Passionarius in the British Library, is featured here: http://www.british-library.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/record.asp?MSID=18889&CollID=8&NStart=5966 (Part 1). She is also contributing to a forthcoming book examining the life and works of Constantine of Ifriquiyyah, who translated many Arabic medical texts into Latin at the Abbey of Monte Cassino in the eleventh century.