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Cutting Words: The Polemical Dimensions of Galen's Anatomical Experiments
Dr. Luis Alejandro Salas (Univ. of Washington in St. Louis)
Dr. Salas will join the Society for Ancient Medicine and the UC Davis Early Science Workshop to discuss his new book, Cutting Words, which interrogates Galen’s anatomical treatises and examines the interplay between their literary production and the live dissections that they describe. He places these polemical experiments within the high intellectual culture of second-century Rome and outlines how the textual and cultural context of Galen’s anatomy shapes his investigations of animal bodies.
Re-orienting Ancient Medicine Courses
This pedagogy workshop is aimed at (past, current, and would-be) instructors of ancient medicine, science, and technology courses who would be keen to integrate material from the pre-modern Middle East. Popular and more academic narratives often equate ancient medicine with Greco-Roman medicine and frame its study as an originist history of a monolithic western medical tradition. When these narratives introduce content from the pre-modern Middle East, such as from Assyria or the medieval Islamicate world, they define the contribution of Middle Eastern knowledge-makers in terms of their anticipation or preservation of a western science. This workshop will discuss ways of foregrounding the theories and actors of pre-modern Middle Eastern science, technology, and medicine without rendering them subservient to a hegemonic "western tradition". Moreover, we will review a range of primary and secondary source materials that we utilize in our own teaching of these subjects. Questions or concerns can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Co-sponsored by the Society for Ancient Medicine and the UC Davis Early Science Workshop.
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Writing the Plague: How Roman disease infected literature
Hunter Garder (Univ. of South Carolina) & Caroline Wazer (Lapham's Quarterly)
Society of Ancient Medicine ZOOM EVENT: THURS. NOV. 19, @ 5pm (EST)
Plagues are paradoxical. Even as they wreak havoc on bodies and stress institutions, they can be grimly productive. As contagion reaches out to touch us, it vividly articulates the strands of our social networks, casts new light on the shapes and natures of our communities. For this reason, the implacable destruction of pestilence is an especially powerful metaphor for imagining social and civil strife. Join us on Zoom, November 19th at 5pm(EST) to hear Hunter Gardner (U of SC) and Caroline Wazer (Lapham’s Quarterly) discuss Gardner’s new book, Pestilence and the Body Politic in Latin Literature. We will explore the power of pestilence on the Roman literary imagination and civic mentality, and how it can speak to our own nosological and civic plagues. For information, please contact Colin Webster (email@example.com) or Calloway Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Co-hosted by the UC Davis Early Science Workshop