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Intersections Vol. 21

Blood, Sweat and Tears
The Changing Concepts of Physiology from Antiquity into Early Modern Europe

INTERSECTIONS brings together new material on well considered themes within the wide area of Early Modern Studies. Contributions may come from any of the disciplines within the humanities: history, art history, literary history, book history, church history, social history, history of the humanities, of the theatre, of cultural life and institutions. The themes are directed towards hitherto little explored areas or reflect a lively debate within the international community of scholars.

Volumes published to date: vol. 1 (2001) Karl Enenkel et alii, Recreating Ancient History. []; vol. 2 (2002) Toon van Houdt et alii,On the Edge of Truth and Honesty. Principles and Strategies of Fraud and Deceit in the Early Modern Period; vol. 3 (2003) Arie-Jan Gelderblom et alii,The Low Countries as a Crossroads of Religious Beliefs; vol. 4 (2004) Karl Enenkel Wolfgang Neuber,Cognition and the Book. Typologies ofFormal Organisation of Knowledge in the Printed Book of the Early Modern Period; vol. 5 (2005) Alastair Hamilton et alii,The Republic of Letters and the Levant and vol. 6 (2006), Karl Enenkel Jan Papy,Petrarch and his Readers in the Renaissance. Vol. 7 (2007) Karl Enenkel Paul Smith,Early Modern Zoology. The Construction of Animals in Science, Literature and the Visual Arts; vol. 8 (2007) Paul Smith Karl Enenkel,Montaigne and the Low Countries (1580-1700). Vol. 9 (2008) Christine Göttler Wolfgang Neuber,Spirits Unseen.

Editorial Board

Prof. dr. W. van Anrooij (Dutch; University of Leiden)

Prof. dr. R.K. Todd (English; University of Leiden)

Call for Papers for Volume 21

Blood, Sweat and Tears
The Changing Concepts of Physiology from Antiquity into Early Modern Europe
While the topic of anatomy, the structure of the body, has been the subject of considerable recent study, that of physiology, the theory of the normal functioning of living organisms, has received much less attention. To reach a better understanding of what was new in Early Modern Europe we need a thorough contextual interpretation of Ancient, Medieval including the Arabic tradition and Renaissance theories.

If we try to apply the concept of physiology to Ancient (Greek and Roman) medicine, we encounter some difficulties. Where we would expect causality, we meetonly with analogy. By the Early Modern era ancient explanations of physiological phenomena existed alongside newly emerging methods of explanation based on the study of nature. To what extent were these two models of explanation in dialogue?

How was early modern physiology represented? What was the interrelationship with art? William Harvey mentioned the fire hose, but to what extent were such new technological models, such as those derived from hydraulics, applied?

In meteorology, geology, cosmology, and political and economic theory, metaphors derived from physiology gained popularity. The tension and interplay between experimental practices and metaphysical concepts could also be an interesting topic.

Finally: in what way, if at all, did the new discoveries influence general culture? Is it possible to argue that people could see, hear, smell, feel and taste in different ways in, say AD 1650, in comparison with the Augustan era?

Volume 21 will be edited by Manfred Horstmanshoff, Helen King and Claus Zittel, and is scheduled to appear in 2010. The volume editors organize a conference to be held at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (Wassenaar, NL), 16-18th April 2009. Proposals, about 300 words, should be sent (preferably electronically) no later than November1st 2008, either to

Manfred Horstmanshoff
Professor of the History of Ancient Medicine, Universiteit Leiden, Department of Classics
PO Box 9515, 2300 RA Leiden NL

Helen King, Professor of the History of Classical Medicine, Department of Classics, University of Reading, PO Box 218, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AA, UK

or to Claus Zittel:

Max Planck Institut, Florenz.

Advisory Board

K. van Berkel (University of Groningen)
F. Egmond (Rome)
A. Grafton (Princeton University)
A. Hamilton (Warburg Institute)
G.L. Heesakkers (Leiden)
H.A. Hendrix (Utrecht University)
F.J. van Ingen (Amsterdam)
J.I. Israel
M. Jacobs (Free University of Brussels)
K.A. Ottenheym (Utrecht University)
K. Porteman (Leuven)
E.J. Sluijter (University of Amsterdam)
B. Westerweel (Zegveld)

General Information about Intersections or specific issues of the series are to be had from:

tel.: 0031 71 - 5272668 or 0031 71- 8890826

Dr. Jan L. de Jong (editorial secretary)

Institute for the History of Art and Architecture,
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9700 AS Groningen,
The Netherlands,
tel.: 0031 50 - 3636091, fax: 0031 50 - 3637362

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