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Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease

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Fourth CHMD Workshop: Representations of Early Modern Anatomy and the Human Body

22nd June 2007, 11:00, Wolfson Research Institute

The fourth CHMD workshop will discuss the effects of (visual) representations of human anatomy on the understanding of the body.

Therefore the workshop addresses questions such as:

  • What was the specific understanding of anatomy by particular audiences?
  • How did representations of the anatomical body construct collective identities?
  • How were anatomical objects constructed, and how did they change?
  • What meanings were assigned to the anatomical body from the 16th to18th century?


  • Simon Chaplin (Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons): Exemplary Bodies: Public and Private Dissections in Georgian London.
  • Rina Knoeff (Leiden University): Animals inside: Anatomy, Interiority and Virtue in the Early Modern Dutch Republic.
  • Sachiko Kusukawa (University of Cambridge): Andreas Vesalius and the canonisation of the human body.
  • Sebastian Pranghofer (Durham University): "[…] depicted as described by Galen": The Visual Representation of the rete mirabile in Early Modern Anatomy.
  • Roberta McGrath (Napier University, Edinburgh): We Have Never Been Modern: Neo-medievalism, Visual Representation and Women's Bodies.


  • Claudia Stein (Warwick University)

Date: 22 June 2007

Time: 11.00-17.30

Venue: Durham University, Queen’s Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, Wolfson Research Institute, Seminar Room

For further details please contact the organiser, Sebastian Pranghofer.

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