The Centre for the Study of Medicine and the Body in the Renaissance (CSMBR) in cooperation with Fondazione Comel–Institutio Santoriana and Studio Firmano for the History of Medicine and Science is pleased to announce an International Summer School
The kiln, the alembic, and the clockwork
Early Modern Representations of the Body and its Changing Matter
29-31 March 2019
Organiser: Fabrizio Bigotti
The summer school will explore how the representation of the body and its functions changed from antiquity to the early modern period and how technology altered the perception of what we are as human animals. By adopting three of the most iconic analogies ever used in the history of medicine to represent the human body, The Kiln, the Alembic, and the Clockwork will explore the early modern imagery of the body, in connection to the methods of investigation and its overlapping with disciplines such as alchemy and astronomy. Particular attention will be devoted to processes such as the combination and the concoction of humours (the kiln), distillation and perspiration (the alembic) and the mechanical action of innate heat (the clockwork) whilst considering, for each analogy, the visual impact it exerted on the Renaissance and early modern representation of human physiology.
The summer school is directed to undergraduates, postgraduates as well as PhDs wishing to deepen their knowledge of history of medicine and its connection to other disciplines of knowledge in the early modern period. Sources and papers will be pre-circulated in order for attendees to engage fruitfully in conversation with speakers in a roundtable at the end of the day.
The Summer School will be held in the outstanding location of domvs comeliana in Piazza dei Miracoli (Pisa) with the provisional programme available here.
Vivian Nutton (First Moscow State Medical University)
Hiro Hirai (Radboud University)
Fabio Zampieri (University of Padua)
Fabiola Zurlini (Studio Firmano for the History of Medicine and Science)
Registration fee to attend the Summer School is € 244 and includes the cost of all breaks and lunches. Payment can be made directly to Fondazione Comel via Bank Transfer with the specification CSMBR 2018 by the registration deadline of Saturday 31 January 2019. For information and details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Santorio Fellowship 2018
The International Summer School runs along with the 2018 edition of the Santorio Fellowship for Medical Humanities and Science, which will be advertised separately. Selected winners will attend the Summer School for free and will receive a travel grant up to € 300.
Applicants must send a cover letter, a copy of their CV and a referee letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 31st December 2018.
Winners will be notified in mid-February 2019.
For information and details please contact Dr Fabrizio Bigotti at email@example.com.