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Future Events / Online LecturesIn this talk, Marco Papasidero focuses specifically on the thaumaturgical remedies used by devotees to cure their illnesses with the help of saints’ relics or miraculous waters.10/10/2023
Future Events / Online LecturesGalen is one of the best sources on ancient nutrition and diet: he has little interest in luxury fashions, he records regular seasonal famines, and is at home in the fields talking to peasants as much as he is in the salons of his wealthy clients.24/10/2023
Future Events / Online LecturesThis talk focuses on Rupescissa’s medical alchemy and, more generally, on the development of medical alchemy in the Occitan-Catalan area.09/11/2023
Future Events / Online LecturesThis lecture provides an overview of the medical practices offered to the citizens of Byzantium, the role of hospitals and their connection with religious and political institutions.09/11/2023
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Online Lectures / Past EventsHow did Galenism influence education, politics, and professional selection up to the late 17th century? A relevant and clear-cut source is Juan Huarte’s “Examen de Ingenios”, published in 1575 and soon censored.26/09/2023
Online Lectures / Past EventsIn the early modern period, the consideration opium underwent a theoretical change that made it more easily usable in everyday practice. In this talk, Dr Edoardo Pierini explores how, during the seventeenth century, the confluence of these factors instigated a surge in opium consumption, ultimately culminating in the manifestation of [...]12/09/2023
Events / Past Events / Summer SchoolsThis summer school will explore how heat, colour, and sound have been used, conceptualised and graded in the pre-modern cosmos shaping both disciplines of knowledge and everyday life.11/07/2023
Online Lectures / Past EventsThis talk examines Bacon’s alchemical theories and explains how he believed that the key to extending life lay not in the curricula as taught in the medical faculties of the universities, but in the study of alchemy.20/06/2023
Online Lectures / Past EventsIn this lecture, Prof. Harari explains why the account of the principles of demonstration found in the Greek commentary tradition on Aristotle’s “Posterior Analytics” is significantly different from Aristotle’s own account.06/06/2023
Online Lectures / Past EventsThis lecture focuses on the system of quarantine stations in the early modern Mediterranean.30/05/2023
Past Events / VivaMente ConferencesThis Vivamente Conference in the History of Ideas addresses a broad spectrum of issues to do with fertility (and infertility), with a particular focus on the transmission of ideas between Europe, the Islamicate world, and beyond.22/05/2023
Online Lectures / Past EventsIn this talk, Nuno Castel-Branco focuses on Nicolaus Steno’s geological studies and shows how the interest in fossils can be fully understood in light of his anatomical studies of the body.16/05/2023
Online Lectures / Past Events / Past LecturesIn this lecture, the art historian Joana Balsa de Pinho sheds light on the institutional transformations that led to changes in the typology of Portuguese hospital architecture.14/03/2023
Online Lectures / Past EventsDrawing upon several chapters of the book: “On the Edge of Eternity. The Antiquity of the Earth in Medieval and Early Modern Europe”, in this talk Ivano Dal Prete focuses on the diffusion of notions of an ancient Earth in vernacular culture and literature.
Online Lectures / Past EventsThis lecture explores Johann Schreck Terentius’ medical profile and journeys across Europe which was part of a holistic education in the ‘encyclopedic’ tradition of Lull and Ramus but had also a strong mathematical component.14/03/2023
Online Lectures / Past Events / Past LecturesBuilding on the latest research findings, this paper proposes to further explore the dialectic between, and the parallel development of, forensic rhetoric and Roman law in the 1st century CE with regard to the criminalisation of poisoning
Online Lectures / Past Events / Past LecturesIn this lecture, Jil Muller explores the role that Montagne and Descartes associate with the mesentery, the influence of Montaigne and Platter on Montaigne and whether Descartes’ thoughts on the matter changed over time.08/02/2023
Online Lectures / Past EventsIn this lecture, Fabrizio Bigotti analyses how the problem of the intensity of forces is taken over in medicine and how is then developed and transformed into the preoperational theory which sustained the invention of precision instruments by Santorio Santori (1561-1636).18/01/2023
Conferences and Webinars / Past EventsThe conference will focus on the early modern reception of Galenic pharmacology up to the late seventeenth century.15/12/2022
Online Lectures / Past EventsThis paper argues how perspiration could undergo a drastic reconceptualisation in eighteenth-century medicine. Thanks to Santorio Santori’s famous studies with the weighing chair, the ancient notion of insensible perspiration continued to be perceived as essential to one’s health.
Online Lectures / Past EventsBuilding on the approaches and findings of recent studies of early modern England, Germany and Spain, this lecture will compare the experience and representation of female and male Pox patients through the examination of both written and visual evidence.11/11/2022
Exhibitions / News / Past EventsThe exhibition will display a fine selection of drawings produced by distinguished artist Linda Karshan (Minneapolis, 1947) over various periods of her career.13/10/2022
Online Lectures / Past Events / Past LecturesIn this lecture I will explore these questions on the basis of two specific examples: the discussion about the use of the so-called glandular helpers in the treatise “On Semen” and an argument about the use of breathing in the work “On the Use of Breathing”.12/10/2022
Online Lectures / Past Events / Past LecturesIn this lecture, we describe our newly published edition and commentary on Nottingham MS Pw V90: a manuscript collection of recipes and letters that William and Margaret Cavendish compiled between approximately 1647 and 1654.05/10/2022
Online Lectures / Past Events / Past LecturesIn this talk, Fabrizio Bigotti and Jonathan Barry discuss the contribution that the Venetian physician Santorio Santori (1561-1636) made to the foundation of evidence-based medicine.22/09/2022
Online Lectures / Past Events / Past LecturesIn this lecture, Michael Stolberg will focus on a major aspect of Renaissance learned medicine by looking at the interactions between physicians and their patients.13/09/2022
Online Lectures / Past Events / Past LecturesThe case study presented will challenge current views by presenting disturbing evidence of foreign London residents having to join English intelligence operations, thereby bidding farewell to their country of origin for good, or else face deadly prospects.12/07/2022
Online Lectures / Past Events / Past LecturesThis talk examines the effect of the telescopic and microscopic gaze upon English poetic production in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.19/05/2022
Online Lectures / Past Events / Past LecturesThis lecture explains the rationale behind a new survey of history in the period, which relies on a wide range of primary and unfamiliar texts drawn from across Europe from Moldavia to Portugal.04/05/2022
Past Events / VivaMente ConferencesThis edition of the Vivamente Conference in the History of Ideas intends to shed new light on the early modern origins of automata, to discuss the impact of their legacy throughout the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.22/04/2022
Past Events / Santorio LecturesThrough an interdisciplinary approach, this Santorio Lecture will explore Albert’s doctrine on formative power and its pivotal role in the dynamics of configuration and transmission of the living.22/04/2022
Past Events / Santorio LecturesIn this Santorio Lecture, Meagan Allen examines how Bacon incorporated the centuries-old tradition of the physical resurrection body into his alchemical-medical program.21/04/2022
Online Lectures / Past Events / Past LecturesThis lecture will revolve around a painting of an alchemical laboratory created by Johannes Stradanus (1523-1605), a Flemish-born artist settled in Florence.13/04/2022
Online Lectures / Past Events / Past LecturesThis talk sets out to explore the iconography of St Bartholomew, placing special emphasis upon skin and the act of skin removal.24/03/2022