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Literature, Science and Medicine in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods Biennial Conference of the Swiss Association of Med
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Swiss Association of Medieval and Early Modern English Studies (SAMEMES)
Literature, Science and Medicine
Biennial Conference of the
University of Lausanne, 27-29 July 2012
Call for Papers
Historians of medicine and science have long understood the cultural constructedness of concepts such as health and disease, nature, ecology and the environment. And for their part, literary scholars are very familiar with the medical and scientific topoi, images and metaphors which permeate medieval and early modern literary texts. But until recently, there has been little dialogue across disciplines which could genuinely inter-illuminate these several and separate fields of knowledge. This conference aims to contribute to the recent, burgeoning interest in interdisciplinary approaches to literature, science and medicine, as well as to stimulate new conversations and discoveries amongst scholars who may not have explored such an approach before.
In particular, we invite proposals on any of the following topics:
• authority in literature, science or medicine
Guest speakers include:
Professor Vincent Barras (Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois and University of Lausanne). Author of ‘Neurosciences et médecine’ in Revue d'histoire des sciences, and with F Panese, of ‘ L'utopie médicale de la réanimation des corps’ in Mouvements: sociétés, politique, culture.
Dr Margaret Healy (Co-Director of the Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Sussex). Author of Fictions of Disease in Early Modern England: Bodies, Plagues and Politics.
Professor Carole Rawcliffe (University of East Anglia). History of Parliament Trust (1979-92); Senior Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at UEA (1992-7). Author of Leprosy in Medieval England.
Professor Jennifer Richards (University of Newcastle). Author of Rhetoric and Courtliness in Early Modern Literature, and editor of Early Modern Civil Discourses.
Professor Heinrich von Staden (Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton University). Author of Herophilus: The Art of Medicine in Early Alexandria.
Dr Eric Masserey (Medecin cantonal, Service de la santé publique, Lausanne). Author of Le retour aux Indes, Le sommeil séfarade, and Une si belle ignorance (généalogies).
Conference organisers : Professors Denis Renevey and Rachel Falconer (English Department, University of Lausanne)
Please submit a proposal of not more than 300 words, including your name, title and institutional affiliation (where relevant) and a brief bio sketch (no more than 100 words), by 15 November 2011.
Proposals for full panels are very welcome. These should include three proposed speakers, including, or in addition to, a chair and/or a respondent. Individual papers will be grouped with two others. Parallel sessions will last an hour and a half, which means that papers should be no longer than 20 minutes to leave sufficient time for discussion.
A selection of papers from the conference will be published in SPELL (Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature). For more information on SAMEMES and how to become a member, please consult SAMEMES official web page at http://www.samemes.org.
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