Past Events

  • Apr 21

    Stefano Gattei - An Original Fake: Solving the Mystery of Flammarion's Engraving

    Location: 

    Science Center 469
    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    The so-called ‘Flammarion Engraving’ is a wood engraving, so named because its first documented appearance is in Camille Flammarion’s 1888 book L’atmosphère: météorologie populaire. It depicts a man, clothed in a long robe and carrying a walking stick, who kneels down and passes his head, shoulders, and right arm through a gap between the star-studded sky and the earth, discovering a marvelous realm of circling clouds, fires and suns beyond the heavens.

  • Mar 10

    Theresa Smith -Extravagance and Economy: Sixteenth-Century Anatomical Prints with Moveable Flaps

    Location: 

    Science Center 469
    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Competing cultures of extravagance and economy that guided Renaissance printers are embodied in the materials of broadside flap anatomies. The earliest such prints were designed and printed in 1538 by Heinrich Vogtherr. These large woodcuts illustrated human anatomy by allowing the user to lift superimposed paper flaps to see inside the female body. Often brightly hand colored, these novel interactive prints could be marketed to both literate and illiterate viewers familiar with learning through a combination of metaphor and image.

  • Nov 20

    A History of Death

    Location: 

    Thompson Room, Barker Center
    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    "A History of Death" is the inaugural lecture of this year's Death and Dying Series, part of the Mahindra Humanities Seminar. Death and the dead body have always played the role of political battleground.Yet death’s fraught relationship with the political has not remained constant through time—pre-modern responses to death differ drastically from those of the present day.

  • Nov 17

    Hannah Marcus (Stanford University) - From a Medical Republic of Letters to the Index of Prohibited Books

    Location: 

    Robinson Hall, Basement Seminar Room, Harvard University, 35 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138
    5:00pm to 7:00pm

    Hannah will be presenting a paper based on the first chapter in her dissertation "Banned Books: Medicine, Readers, and Censors in Early Modern Italy".  She will explore the reactions of members of the medical republic of letters to the Pauline Index of 1559, the first papally issued Index of Prohibited Books, which prohibited works by German Protestants and explicitly banned many of the most important members of the medical community.
  • Oct 21

    A Conversation about Digital Humanities + Introduction to Time Tools

    Location: 

    Science Center 469
    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    In this first of an inter-working group initiative to familiarize participants with the digital humanities, Allyssa Metzger (G3, History of Science) will coordinate a conversation about what "digital humanities" means in practical terms to grad students.  We ask that participants familiarize themselves with the readings attached/linked below, as well as look at DiRT in order to generate conversation about what tools we might collectively workshop in future sessions.

  • Sep 23

    Devin Kennedy - Picturing a Discipline: Portraiture and the History of Science, 1913-1933

    Location: 

    Science Center 469
    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Throughout its first two decades in print, the leading journal in the History of Science, Isis, published numerous portraits of scientists, facsimiles of medallions depicting scientists, and advertisements concerning the construction of commemorative statues in honor of scientists, some recently deceased, others long passed.

  • Apr 17

    Surekha Davies - What is a Werewolf? Genres, Practices and Cataloguing Monsters from the Middle Ages to the Scientific Revolution

    Location: 

    Science Center 469
    5:00pm to 7:00pm

    This talk is about the history of European notions of what it meant to be human between the late Middle Ages and the Scientific Revolution. I argue that the category of human was shaped by the category of the monster, and show how practices of classifying and describing monsters in different textual traditions changed notions of the boundaries between human, monster and animal. Three case-studies I examine in this talk are the werewolf, the headless people of Guiana described by Sir Walter Raleigh, and the Patagonian giant.

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