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Bina Arch, “Curious Creatures: Seeing, Classifying, and Imagining Whales in Early Modern Japan"

September 26, 2013

Thursday September 26th, Science Center 469, 6pm

Bina Arch (Harvard, EALC), “Curious Creatures: Seeing, Classifying, and Imagining Whales in Early Modern Japan"

In a scroll known as Rokugei no zu painted in 1847 and now held in the National Diet Library of Japan, there is a fascinating side view of a right… Read more about Bina Arch, “Curious Creatures: Seeing, Classifying, and Imagining Whales in Early Modern Japan"

Gianna Pomata (Johns Hopkins University) – "The Medical Case Across Cultures: Comparing the European Observatio and the Chinese Yi' an"

April 15, 2013

We are very happy to announce that on Monday April 15th, SC 469, 5-7 pm, we will have a special event, co-sponsored by the Science Religion and Culture Program at the Divinity School and the History of Medicine Working Group: Gianna Pomata, Professor at the Institute of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University will present her current work in a talk titled “The Medical Case Across Cultures: Comparing the European Observatio and the Chinese Yi' an

Gianna Pomata was educated and trained… Read more about Gianna Pomata (Johns Hopkins University) – "The Medical Case Across Cultures: Comparing the European Observatio and the Chinese Yi' an"

Natalie Koehle – "The Formation of Phlegm in Early Chinese Medicine, and its Connection with Āyurvedic and Chinese Notions of Digestion"

April 4, 2013

On Thursday, April 4th, Science Center 469 from 6 pm, Natalie Koehle (Harvard, EALC), will give a talk titled “The Formation of Phlegm in Early Chinese Medicine, and its Connection with Āyurvedic and Chinese Notions of Digestion” [see abstract below].

As usual, there will be food and drinks, and the talk will start at about 6,15/6,20 – please RSVP to savoia@fas.harvard.edu

Abstract:

When one peruses medical case histories from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), one sees constant references to phlegm (tan 痰) as both cause… Read more about Natalie Koehle – "The Formation of Phlegm in Early Chinese Medicine, and its Connection with Āyurvedic and Chinese Notions of Digestion"

Jasper van Putten – “The Networked Cosmos: Sebastian Münster’s City Views”

March 28, 2013

On Thursday, March 28th, Science Center 469 from 6 pm, Jasper van Putten (Harvard, History of Art and Architecture), will give a talk titled “The Networked Cosmos: Sebastian Münster’s City Views” [see abstract below].

As usual, there will be food and drinks, and the talk will start at about 6,15/6,20 – please RSVP to savoia@fas.harvard.edu

Abstract:

The German cosmographer Sebastian Münster (1488-1552) has become a paradigmatic historical figure whose work and person are closely tied to German national identity.… Read more about Jasper van Putten – “The Networked Cosmos: Sebastian Münster’s City Views”

Rachel Koroloff – "Corresponding Gardens: The Botanical Collections of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences and the Aptekarskii Prikaz in the First Half of the Eighteenth Century"

March 14, 2013

On Thursday, March 14th, Science Center 469 from 6 pm, Rachel Koroloff (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), will give a talk titled “Corresponding Gardens: The Botanical Collections of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences and the Aptekarskii Prikaz in the first half of the eighteenth century".

As usual, there will be food and drinks, and the talk will start at about 6,15/6,20 – please RSVP to Read more about Rachel Koroloff – "Corresponding Gardens: The Botanical Collections of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences and the Aptekarskii Prikaz in the First Half of the Eighteenth Century"

He Bian – Pharmacological Interpretation and the Use of Antiquity: Rethinking the Scholastic Turn in Seventeenth Century Chinese Materia Medica

March 7, 2013
On Thursday, March 7thScience Center 469 from 6 pm, He Bian, graduate student in our department, will give a talk titled “Pharmacological Interpretation and the Use of Antiquity: Rethinking the Scholastic Turn in Seventeenth Century Chinese Materia Medica".

First event of the semester

February 21, 2013

We are happy to announce the first event of the semester of the Early Sciences Working Group. On Thursday, February 21st, from 6 pm (Science Center 469), Allyssa Metzger, graduate student in our department, will be giving a talk titled

“The Beginning of Wisdom: Astrology, Science, and Religious Knowledge in a Medieval Textbook”.

There will be food and drinks, please RSVP to savoia@fas.harvard.edu