Monday, March 18, 2013

"History And Cultural Representations Of Human Remains," Symposia Series, London and Paris, 2013

I just learned of two wonderful looking symposiums taking place this year as part of a three-part series called "History And Cultural Representations Of Human Remains," organised by the CAS research centre (EA 801) in collaboration with the Toulouse Natural History Museum and in partnership with the Academy of Medicine (Paris), the Hunterian Museum (Museums and Archives, Royal College of Surgeons, London), the Center Alexandre Koyré and FRAMESPA (UMR 5136). The second one, entitled "Anatomical Models," will take place April 4 at the Academy of Medicine in Paris; the third one, entitled "Exhibiting Human Remains," will take place at London's Hunterian Museum on June 4th. They both look excellent! Sadly, we missed the first of the series, which took place in Toulouse on Feb. 4th and was called "Medical Museums and Anatomical Collections."

Full details on both remaining symposia follow; hope to see you at one or both!
Anatomical Models
Academy of Medicine - Paris
April 4, 2013
  • 9.00-9.15 : Welcome speech
  • 9.15-10.00 : Rafael Mandressi (CNRS, Centre Alexandre Koyré), Artificialisations du corps dans la première modernité européenne
  • 10.00-10.30 : Jack Hartnell (Courtauld Institute of Art, London), Anatomical Image as Anatomical Model: Evoking Skin and Surgery in a Tactile Anatomical Scroll
  • 10.30-11.00 : Marieke Hendriksen (University of Groningen), The Fabric of the Body: Textile in Anatomical Models and Preparations
  • 11.00-11.30 : Coffee break
  • 11.30-12.00 : Jean-Louis Fischer (CNRS), Les cires de foetus humains du Musée de la Specola : Une modélisation unique du dogme de la préexistence des germes
  • 12.00-12.30 : Margaret Carlyle (MacGill University, Canada), Manikins, Midwives, Medical Men: Obstetrical Hardware in the Paris Medical Marketplace, c. 1750-c.1789
  • 12.30-14.00 : Lunch Break 
  • 14.00-14.30 : Victoria Diehl (Spanish National Research Council), The Iconographic Catholic Legacy of Clemente Susini’s Anatomical Venus
  • 14.30-15.00 : Nike Fakiner (Spanish National Research Council), Impressions in wax: Alexander von Humboldt and Gustav Zeiller’s Anatomical Wax Models
  • 15.00-15.30 : Mechthild Fend (University College London), Contagious Contacts: The Dermatological Moulage as Indexical Image
  • 15.30-16.00 : Coffee break
  • 16.00-16.30 : Anna Maerker (King’s College London), Models and Performance in Leicester Square and the Strand, 1831-32
  • 16.30-17.00 : Birgit Nemec (University of Vienna, Department for the History of Medicine), Modelling the Human – Modelling Society. Anatomical Models in late 19th- and early 20th-Century Vienna and the Politics of Visual Cultures
Exhibiting Human Remains
Hunterian Museum - London
June 4, 2013
  • 10.00-10.45 : Sam Alberti (Hunterian Museum), Collecting the Dead
  • 10.45-11.15 : Nausica Zaballos (EHESS, Paris), Fear of death and body snatchers on the reservation: the corpse as a mediating figure between settlers and Navajo people
  • 11.15-11.45 : Coffee break 
  • 11.45- 12.15 : David Mazierski (University of Toronto), Vanitas Mundi: The Anatomical Legacy of Frederik Ruysch
  • 12.15-12.45 : Adrian Young (Princeton University, USA), Man Ape or Ape Man? Raymond Dart, the Taung Child, and the Rhetorics of Display at the 1925 British Empire Exhibition 12.45-14.00 : Lunch break
  • 14.00-14.30 : David Punter (University of Bristol), The Abhuman Remains of the Gothic
    14.30-15.00 : Laurence Talairach-Vielmas (University of Toulouse II-Le Mirail/Centre Alexandre Koyré), Bottled Specimens in Victorian Literature 
  • 15.00-15.30 : Peter M. McIsaac (German and Museum Studies, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, USA), More than Shock Value: Gestures of Exposure in Gottfried Benn’s Morgue Cycle
  • 15.30-16.00 : Coffee break
  • 16.00-16.30 : Fiona Pettit (University of Exeter), Monstrous Specimens: The Conflation of Medical and Popular Exhibitions of Rare Anatomies
  • 16.30-17.00 : Gemma Angel (University College London), Displaying the Self: The Tattoo from Living Body to Museum Collection
For registration and information: email talairac [at] and rafael.mandressi [at]

Special thanks to Mechthild Fend--who will participate in the April event--for letting me know about this!

Image: "Royal College of Surgeons, Court of Examiners," Henry Jamyn Brooks, 1894

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