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Animal bodies in science, art and commerce in early modern Europe

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Colloque international organisé par Rafael Mandressi (Centre Alexandre Koyné, EHESS-CNRS-MNHN), Alan Ross (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), Silvia Sebastiani (EHESS-CRH) et Pierre Serna (Université Paris 1, IHRF-IHMC).

Vendredi 11 et samedi 12 décembre 2015.
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Under den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin. Bâtiment principal, Room : 2249a (Universitäts-Hauptgebäude).

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Friday, 11 December

9.00 am
Welcome and introduction to the workshop

9.15 am
Laurence Talairach-Vielmas (Toulouse)
"We were obliged to take Harry to see the wild beasts at Exeter Exchange” : Exotic animals, children’s education and polite culture in Georgian Britain.

Sarah Cockram (Glasgow)
Interspecies affection and proximity to companion animal bodies at the Renaissance court.

Coffee break

Alan Ross (Paris/ Berlin)
The metamorphosis of the body. Simians and conservation techniques, 1660‐1840.

Marieke Hendriksen (Groningen)
Singular to serial : collecting animal preparations and the evolution of comparative anatomy in the eighteenth century.


Emma Spary (Cambridge)
Cannibals, carnivores and revolutionaries : negotiating the ‘natural’ diet in eighteenth-century France.

Malik Mellah (Paris)
The rural economy in France during the Directory (1795-1799) : a science of the body of the live animal ?

Rafael Mandressi (Paris)
The Politics of Animal Anatomy in Turgot’s France : Rinderpest, the “Massacre Général” of Cattle and Anatomical Experiments in Félix Vicq d’Azyr’s endeavor to build a Comparative Medicine.

Coffee break

Panel discussion : Alan Ross, Silvia Sebastiani, Pierre Serna
Animals and the history of the body

Keynote lecture
Daniel Roche (Collège de France, Paris)
La plus belle conquête de l’homme : du corps des chevaux aux corps du cavalier.

Saturday, 12 December

Andrew Wells (Göttingen)
Painful Experiments : Reproduction, Knowledge, and Identity in the Case of Mary Toft, "The Rabbit Woman of Godalming".

Silvia Sebastiani (Paris)
Aping the Enlightenment : human/animal boundaries in the age of British abolitionism.

Coffee break

Christian Jaser (Berlin)
Bodies of Speed : Magic, Veterinary Medicine and the Performance of Racehorses in Italy and Germany (15th-16th centuries).

Pierre Serna (Paris)
Reproduction or sexuality ? "Voyeurisme" and science at the French Museum of Paris 1793-1820".


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