Eloquence of the Body: Physiognomics, Medicine and related sciences between East and West (Middle Ages and Early Modern Times)
|Date :||Monday 24 April 2023|
|Time :||1:30 pm – 4:30 pm|
|Venue :||Richelieu Amphitheatre, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi Campus|
You are cordially invited to attend the international workshop on Eloquence of the Body: Physiognomics, Medicine and related sciences between East and West (Middle Ages and Early Modern Times)
Several sciences, intellectual curiosity and esthetic attitudes contributed to the development of the perception of human body in all historical societies. Christian West and Muslim East make no exception, and this from Middle Ages to Early Modern Times. The debt of the Western civilization to Arabic sciences, from ca.1000, is well known. There would not have been academic Medicine without the reception of Avicenna’s Canon. One of the most important factors in this western reception of exact and natural sciences translated from Arabic has been a new interest to the human body, that animated Christian intellectual communities in several countries, from Toledo and Sicily to Crusaders kingdoms, England and France. The reception of two dozens of newly translated texts changed the discourses of the body, and this change provoked further progresses in literature, imagination, figurative arts, everyday practices, diets, surgery. One of the implications of this reciprocal discovery, around 1200, has become the appearance and swift circulation of doctrines and ideas linked to physiognomics, known to the classical tradition, inherited by Arabic societies and thus rediscovered. Its progress took different ways by Muslims and by Christians. The goal of our journée d’études is multiple. First of all, we want to make this particular old science of the body known to students and colleagues. Then, we would like to compare its achievements, together with some data from history of medicine, in East and West, based on manuscripts that only now start to receive critical editions, and some are still waiting for further studies.
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