A Feminist History of Ancient Medicine

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Sociology - Lecture/Discussion

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 6, 2022
6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Suggested Audiences: High School, College, Adult, Elders
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Assumption University
Tsotisi Building, Curtis Performance Hall
500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609-1296
Cost: Free
Description: Archaeological Institute of America-Spring 2022 Worcester Lecture at Assumption University
Co-sponsored by the Human Arts Series and the Programs of History, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and Womens Studies

Dr. Jennifer Stager (Johns Hopkins University) will lecture on A Feminist History of Ancient Medicine

Lecture summary:
This lecture analyzes how a range of media worked in conjunction with texts to produce a story of ancient medicine (later described as Hippocratic medicine) that both proposed new practices and also built on the established visual cues associated with healing gods from across the wider ancient Mediterranean and ancient Near East, especially the gods Asclepius and Hygeia. The figure of Hippocrates is visually assimilated into a genealogy with Asclepius in a move that excises Hygeia and women healers. Representational art associated with early medicine narrates a familiar story of the doctor as god, while portable arts, body-part dedications, curses and spells make visible practices and people traditionally excluded from histories of early medicine. This lecture will explore what I am calling a feminist history of early medicine.

Dr. Stager is an Assistant Professor in the Department of the History of Art at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and also holds degrees in Classical Archaeology, Classics, and Art History from Oxford University and Harvard University. A book on seeing color in the Ancient Mediterranean is under contract with Cambridge University Press, and she has published numerous articles on feminism, aesthetics, materiality, optics, and ancient Greek medicine.

More Information: E-mail: pclement@assumption.edu
Entered by: Jacqueline Chlapowski (jchlapowski@assumption.edu)

Created: March 22, 2022 at 7:06 AM

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