In the context of the XXI International Congress of History of Science to be held in Mexico City, 8-14 July 2001, a Symposium on “Science at the Frontiers: Medicine and Culture in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds” will be organized.
The objective is to study the transfer of knowledge between cultures from Antiquity to the end of the Middle Ages. Given the link between medicine and culture, the Symposium will focus on the transformations occurring in the process of transfer and on the further adaptation of knowledge to new cultural parameters.
The concept of medicine includes all the disciplines of the bio-medical field, from medicine stricto sensu to therapeutics, herbal medicine and, for instance, iatro-mathematics. The range of cultures taken into consideration is wide, from the pre-Western (Greece, Rome, Late Antiquity, and the Arabic World) and Western (from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance) to the Near- and Far-Eastern ones (Egypt, the Hebrew World, Mesopotamia, Persia, Iran, India or China).
The Symposium is expected to enlighten the mechanisms of the transfer of knowledge, stressing its cultural, epistemological and/or ethno-anthropological dimensions rather than the textual one, for example. The papers should present an original methodological approach and, preferably, new data possibly from unedited and even unnoticed sources, together with a view of the current status of research (including bibliography). The proceedings should constitute a reference tool for further research thanks to the methodological proposals, the status questions and the new material put at disposal.
Scholars from all disciplines are invited to contribute so as to explore the topic in a trans-disciplinary approach.
For proposals contact directly Alain Touwaide at the email below. For further information on the Congress, see the website below.
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