'The paths of medical un/orthodoxy? Colonial Latin America and its World'
Queen's University Belfast, School of Modern Languages, Northern Ireland
8-9 November 2013
This colloquium will comprise seventeen papers focusing on the different processes by which individuals and ideas impacted on the promotion, defence, criticism, or prohibition of medical practices in early modern Latin America and the tensions lying therein. David Wootton has argued that histories of progress are 'written on the assumption that there is a logic of discovery' when in fact it may be more illuminating to discuss 'delay', 'non-events', 'underdetermination' and examples of where knowledge and therapy do not always go 'hand in hand' (Bad Medicine. Doctors doing harm since Hippocrates, 2007). Such a statement will lead us to consider those individuals and practices that existed between and alongside the recognised tales of success that have not received the same amount of scholarly attention and will serve to deepen our understanding of the intricacies of medical science and its systems in early modern Latin America and the Caribbean, and explore the contexts for establishing medical practices as well as the means by which local as well as international approval or censure was sought and given.
Speakers: Dr Miruna Achim; Dr Hugh Glenn Cagle; Dr Fiona Clark; Dr Matthew Crawford; Dr Martha Few; Dr Marcelo Figueroa; Dr Pablo Gómez; Dr Ryan Kashanipour; Dr Adrian López-Denis; Prof. Linda Newson; Dr Mauricio Nieto; Dr Yarí Pérez Marín; Dr Paul Ramírez; Dr Andrew Redden; Dr ZebTortorici; Dr Adam warren; Keynote speaker: Prof. David Gentilcore; Discussant: Dr Paulo Drinot.
Sponsored by the Wellcome Trust and the Society for the Social History of Medicine.
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