Department of History of Science and Ideas

Thursday, October 26

  • 9.30–10.00 Registration
  • 10.00–10.15 Welcome: Maja Bondestam & Helena Franzén (Uppsala University)
  • 10.15–10.55 Kathleen Perry Long, (Cornell University), “From Monstrosity to Postnormality: Montaigne, Canguilhem, Foucault”
  • 11.00–11.40 Maria Kavvadia, (European University Institute), “Notions of normalization in Post-Tridentine Rome: Medicalizing the body and the mind in the courtly environment”

11.40–13.00 Lunch at Matikum

  • 13.00–13.40 Mathieu Laflamme (University of Ottawa), “Is it a he or a she? Trials of Hermaphrodites and the Construction of Legal Gender Definitions by the Judicial System of Old Regime France”
  • 13.40–14.20 Sara Scalenghe (Loyola University of Maryland), “Intersex in Early Modern Arab-Islamic Texts”
  • 14.20–15.00 Parker Cotton (University of Toronto), “Hermaphrodites in Bayle’s Dictionnaire historique et critique”

15.00–15.30 Coffee and refreshments

  • 15.45–17.00 A guided tour at Museum Gustavianum, the oldest preserved University building in Uppsala with its anatomical theatre and exciting history.

18.00– Conference dinner at Aaltos, Italian grill and garden

Friday, October 27

  • 08.30–09.10 Maja Bondestam, (Uppsala University), “Let the extraordinary get in to your mind! Johannes Schefferus and the prodigious son of a fisherman, born in Södertälje, 1668”
  • 09.10–09.50 Philippa Hellawell, (King’s College London), “Sea monsters and maritime marvels in early modern Europe”
  • 09.50–10.30 Rosemary Moore (University College London), “Monsters and the Maternal Imagination”

10.30–11.00 Coffee and refreshments

  • 11.00–11.40 Anton Runesson (Stockholm University), “The liminality of the pregnant body in Early Modern Sweden”
  • 11.40–12.20 Tove Holmberg (Lund University), “Signs of life and death”

12.20–13.20 Lunch at Matikum

  • 13.20– Concluding discussion: “Extraordinary Bodies in Early Modern Nature and Culture”


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