Objects, Images, and Spaces of Health

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Upcoming Meetings

There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.

Past Meetings

  • June 9, 2023

    "Who Is a Maker? Artisan Knowledge in Medieval India."
    Eric Gurevitch (Vanderbilt)
    Response: Tillmann Taape (Herzog August Biliothek)

  • May 12, 2023

    "Aromatic Medicines and Divine Scents in Women's Medicine"
    Wee-Siang Margaret Ng (College of Wooster)
    Response: Jack Hartnell (UEA)

  • April 14, 2023

    "Can Mixtures Be Identified by Touch? The Reception of Galen’s De complexionibus in Italian Renaissance Medicine"
    Viktoria von Hoffmann (FNRS / Liège)
    Response: Anita Guerrini (Oregon State)

  • March 10, 2023

    “Cutting the Body: Jacopo Berengario da Carpi and the Anatomical Woodcut”
    Ariella Minden (Toronto / Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute for Art History)
    Response: Taylor McCall (Medieval Academy) 

  • February 10, 2023

    Epistemic Images: A Discussion
    With Sietske Fransen (Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute for Art History)
    Response: Alicia Petersen (Yale)... and all OISH Members

  • December 9, 2022

    Meredith Gamer (Columbia University)
    “Bodies of Instruction"
    Comment by Mary Fissell (John Hopkins University)

  • November 11, 2022

    Ben Breen (University of California, Santa Cruz)
    "Colonial Magic and Contested Spaces of Healing in the Seventeenth Century Indian Ocean and Atlantic Worlds"
    Comment by Philippa Carter (University of Cambridge)

  • October 14, 2022

    Lavinia Maddaluno (Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice)
    “Practicing Public Health in Early Modern Milan: Air, Water, Rice”
    Comment by Valentina Pugliano (MIT)

  • June 10, 2022

    Yan Liu (University at Buffalo, SUNY)
    “Scent from Afar: A Transcultural History of Aromatics in Medieval China”
    Comment by William Tullett (Anglia Ruskin University)

  • May 13, 2022

     Taylor McCall (Medieval Academy of America)
    “Picturing the Dissected Female Body in Manuscripts c.1200-1500"
    Comment by Robert Allen Shotwell (Ivy Tech Community College)

Group Conveners

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    Jack Hartnell

    Jack Hartnell is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of East Anglia, UK, where his research and teaching focus on the visual culture of late medieval and early renaissance medicine, cartography, and mathematics. In 2019–20 he was the Dibner Fellow in the History of Science and Technology at the Huntington Library in California. Before starting at UEA in 2017 he held positions at Columbia University, The Courtauld Institute of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin. He is the author of Medieval Bodies (Wellcome, 2018) and has a forthcoming book provisionally entitled Wound Man: The Many Lives of a Medieval Surgical Image.


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    Elaine Leong

    Elaine Leong is Lecturer in History at University College London, UK. She is the author of Recipes and Everyday Knowledge: Medicine, Science and the Household in Early Modern England and co-editor of Secrets and Knowledge in Medicine and Science 1500-1800 (Ashgate, 2011), Working with Paper: Gendered Practices in the History of Knowledge (Pittsburgh, 2019) and the Cultural History of Medicine in the Renaissance (Bloomsbury, 2021). She serves as co-editor of Osiris and the Social Histories of Medicine book series at Manchester University Press. Her current projects include a book-length project provisionally titled Reading Riviére in Early Modern England and “Technologies of Health c. 1450-1750” which is funded by a Wellcome Trust University Award


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