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Dinner Speech - Anne Harrington

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Culture under the Skin: Some Strange Things We Learn about Bodies from History, and Why They Matter

Prof. Dr. Anne Harrington
History of Science and Medicine
Harvard University

Culture under the Skin: Some Strange Things We Learn about Bodies from History, and Why They Matter
When Jul 06, 2016
from 05:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, Seminar Room
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Contact Phone +49 (0)761 203-97398
Attendees Nach Einladung / by invitation
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Does human bodily experience – life under the skin – have a history? The lecture is an exploration of this question and its possibly wider implications. The lecture will focus on phenomena that hide in full view: ubiquitous but largely ignored, because we have all learned to think about them as ephemeral, fraudulent, pathological or all three: as "mere" hysteria, "just" psychosomatic, and so on. I will invite us to contemplate some examples of such phenomena, and make the case that our tendency to fail to take them seriously is a missed opportunity to think in deeper ways about the actual nature of our embodied humanness.