7th Annual HAPSAT Conference

I’m pleased to announce that the preliminary program for my department’s graduate conference is now ready. The conference,“The Regimen of Bodily Health: Nutrition and Natural Knowledge” will be held at Victoria University at the University of Toronto on Friday March 18, 2011.

The description of the conference is as follows:

“The body” as both a material object and metaphor, provides a rich source of inspiration for both philosophical and historical studies of the production and transmission of knowledge. Lawrence and Shapin’s influential anthology, Science Incarnate: Historical Embodiments of Natural Knowledge (1998) broke new ground in this area with discussions of bodies as tools for philosophical inquiry, what it means for knowledge to be “embodied” in physical artifacts, and how bodily self-presentation can generate disembodied knowledge. The body also presents an arena for interplay of ideas about proper management of health and diseases and the application of scientific and medical expertise. Seventeenth century physicians, for instance, recommended a mixture of medicine and dietetics for consumptive patients; proper dietary regimes were often based on theoretical ideas about nourishment and health. Moreover, the body and our ideas of the body have been a political battleground: within the “culture of dissection” and public executions; as displays of ecclesiastical value and status; as technologically manipulable aspects of the self; as and as subjects of experimental philosophy.

This year’s distinguished keynote is Steven Shapin (History of Science, Harvard University): “The Long History of Dietetics: Thinking about Food, Expertise, and the Self.” The keynote is jointly hosted by HAPSAT and the IHPST Colloquium Series.

Here’s the preliminary program:

The Body as Rhetorical Text

Kathleen Gibbons (University of Toronto): Porphyry’s Cosmopolitanism

Paul Greenham (University of Toronto): The Lutheran Body and Scriptural Rhetoric: Philip Melanchthon’s Understanding of the Body as Rhetorical Text

Badr El Fekkak (King’s College London): The Body and City in Al-Farabi’s Civil Science: The Heart as Philosopher King

Gender and Body Knowledge

Jenna Healey (Yale University): Rejuvenating American Manhood: Theories of the Male Body and the Reception of Brown-Séquard’s “Elixir of Life” in Late 19th Century America

Denna Day (University of Pennsylvania): Data Taking and Body Making: How Domestic Thermometry Created Quantified Bodies

Emma O’Toole (National College of Art & Design): Recording Remedies & Recipes: Women’s Role in Maintaining Family Health in the British Isles during the Late Early Modern Period

Health, Food, and COlelctive Identities

Jaya Dixit (University of Calgary): Critical Mastication: A Photo Elicitation Study of Food Aesthetics and Morality

Rachel Louise Moran (Pennsylvania State University): Lazy and Crazy: Physical Fitness Meets Psychology in Cold War America

Amy Lasater-WIlle (New York University): Indigenous Potatoes and Indigenous Bodies in Peru`s National Cuisine

Public Safety & Epistemic Authority

Karen Agnus (York University): Timed Bodies and Self Control

Gregory Ferguson-Cradler (Columbia University): Disembodied Knowledge and Endangered Bodies: Health, Security and Science on Russian Imperial Expeditions

Eric Boyle (National Institutes of Health): Patent Medicines and Regimens of Bodily Health

Angie Boyce (Cornell University): Peanut Butter as Risk Object, Consumer as At-Risk Subject, Standards as Solution, 1966-2009


Registration will be open by the first week of February. I’ll post more details to follow. Please email me or comment below if you have any questions.

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