7/1/2015: International Conference On The History Of Anatomy*

“Anatomy of the Heart” by Enrique Simonet y Lombardo

“Anatomy of the Heart” by Enrique Simonet y Lombardo, 1890.

Bodies Beyond Borders. The Circulation of Anatomical Knowledge, 1750-1950
International conference on the history of anatomy, 7-9 January 2015

Jan 07, 2015 12:00 PM
Jan 09, 2015 02:00 PM

The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe
Janseniusstraat 1
3000 Leuven

How does anatomical knowledge move from one site to another? That is the question our conference Bodies Beyond Borders. The Circulation of Anatomical Knowledge, 1750-1950 seeks to answer. As any form of knowledge, anatomical knowledge does not move by itself – it needs a bearer. Therefore we try to trace the trajectories of these bearers. Of anatomical models in popular museums spreading public consciousness about syphilis for example, medical students bringing knowledge of newly discovered lesions from one hospital to another, or anatomical atlases, preserved bodies (or parts of them), books, drawings and many more.

As these objects went from place to place, their meaning often changed during the process. Following carriers of anatomical knowledge thus allows to trace the circulation and the alteration of anatomical knowledge. Bodies Beyond Borders will address anatomy in all its forms, functions and environments: from anatomy in the fairground over the colonial hospital to the metropolitan salon; from tactile experience of the anatomical specimen over the use of anatomical models to the significance of death masks – to name but a few.

The conference will consist of eight key note lectures by leading scholars in the history of anatomy and over twenty paper presentations in parallel sessions. We are very proud to announce as our key note speakers: Sam Alberti (Royal College of Surgeons, London), Sven Dupré (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin), Rina Knoeff (University of Groningen), Helen MacDonald (University of Melbourne), Anna Maerker (King’s College, London), Chloé Pirson (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Natasha Ruiz-Gómez (University of Essex) and Michael Sappol (National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD). Furthermore, Andrew Cunningham (University of Cambridge), will deliver a public lecture in Museum M in Leuven. At the museum the exhibition ‘Vesalius. Imaging the body’ will be on display at that time – as part of the Vesalius year in Leuven.

To see the full program of Bodies Beyond Borders, click here.

For more information on the Vesalius year, click here.

Practical information

Bodies Beyond Borders will take place on 7-9 January 2015 in Leuven, at the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe. The cost for participation is € 100, lunch and coffee are included. For the conference dinner (€ 50), registration is mandatory.

The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe offers good and very affordable accommodation as well. For directions to the conference venue, click here.


Registration for Bodies Beyond Borders is now open. You can find the registration form here.

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