Physiology from Antiquity to Early Modern Europe

A call for papers that I thought might interest some of our readers.


Intersections. Yearbook for Early modern Studies, Leiden

25.08.2008-01.11.2008, Leiden

Deadline: 01.11.2008

Call for papers: ‘Blood, Sweat, and Tears. The Changing Concepts of Physiology from Antiquity into Early Modern Europe’ (Intersections, volume 21)

While the topic of anatomy, the structure of the body, has been the subject of considerable recent study, that of physiology, the theory of the normal functioning of living organisms, has received much less attention. To reach a better understanding of what was new in Early Modern Europe we need a thorough contextual interpretation of Ancient, Medieval ? including the Arabic tradition ? and Renaissance theories.

If we try to apply the concept of physiology to Ancient (Greek and
Roman) medicine, we encounter some difficulties. Where we would expect causality, we meet
?only? with analogy. By the Early Modern era ancient explanations of physiological
phenomena existed alongside newly emerging methods of explanation based on the study of
nature. To what extent were these two models of explanation in dialogue?
How was early modern physiology represented? What was the interrelationship with art?
William Harvey mentioned the fire hose, but to what extent were such new technological
models, such as those derived from hydraulics, applied?
In meteorology, geology, cosmology, and political and economic theory, metaphors derived
from physiology gained popularity. The tension and interplay between experimental
practices and metaphysical concepts could also be an interesting topic.

Finally: in what way, if at all, did the new discoveries influence general culture? Is it
possible to argue that people could see, hear, smell, feel and taste in different ways
in, say AD 1650, in comparison with the Augustan era?

Volume 21 will be edited by Manfred Horstmanshoff, Helen King and Claus Zittel, and is
scheduled to appear in 2010. The volume editors organize a conference to be held at the
Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (Wassenaar, NL), 16-18th April 2009.
Proposals, about 300 words, should be sent (preferably electronically) no later than 1
November, 2008, to either:


Manfred Horstmanshoff
Professor of the History of Ancient Medicine, Universiteit Leiden, Department of Classics
PO Box 9515, 2300 RA Leiden NL

Helen King
Professor of the History of Classical Medicine Department of Classics University of
Reading, PO Box 218 Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AA, UK

Claus Zittel
Max Planck Institut, Florence

Intersections brings together new material on well considered themes within the wide area
of Early Modern Studies. Contributions may come from any of the disciplines within the
humanities: history, art history, literary history, book history, church history, social
history, history of the humanities, of the theatre, of cultural life and institutions.
The themes are directed towards hitherto little explored areas or reflect a lively debate
within the international community of scholars.

Volumes published to date
Vol. 1 (2001) Karl Enenkel et alii, Recreating Ancient History. […]; vol. 2 (2002) Toon
van Houdt et alii, On the Edge of Truth and Honesty.
Principles and Strategies of Fraud and Deceit in the Early Modern Period; vol. 3 (2003)
Arie-Jan Gelderblom et alii, The Low Countries as a Crossroads of Religious Beliefs; vol.
4 (2004) Karl Enenkel ? Wolfgang Neuber, Cognition and the Book. Typologies of Formal
Organisation of Knowledge in the Printed Book of the Early Modern Period; vol. 5 (2005)
Alastair Hamilton et alii, The Republic of Letters and the Levant and vol. 6 (2006), Karl
Enenkel ? Jan Papy, Petrarch and his Readers in the Renaissance. Vol. 7 (2007) Karl
Enenkel ? Paul Smith, Early Modern Zoology. The Construction of Animals in Science,
Literature and the Visual Arts; vol. 8 (2007) Paul Smith ? Karl Enenkel, Montaigne and
the Low Countries (1580-1700). Vol. 9 (2008) Christine Göttler ? Wolfgang
Neuber, Spirits Unseen.

Editorial Board
Prof. dr. W. van Anrooij (Dutch; University of Leiden) Prof. dr. K.A.E. Enenkel (general
editor; Classical Studies and Neo-Latin; University of Leiden) Prof. dr. R.L. Falkenburg
(Art History; University of Leiden) Dr. J.L. de Jong (editorial secretary; Art History;
University of
Dr. E.E.P. Kolfin (Art History; University of Amsterdam; Free University of Amsterdam)
Prof. dr. W. Neuber (German; Free University of Berlin) Prof. Dr. H. Roodenburg (Meertens
Institute) Prof. dr. P.J. Smith (French; University of Leiden) Prof. dr. R.K. Todd
(English; University of Leiden) Prof. dr. Claus Zittel (German; Philosophy; Max Planck
Institut Florenz)

Advisory Board
K. van Berkel (University of Groningen) F. Egmond (Rome) A. Grafton (Princeton
University) A. Hamilton (Warburg Institute) G.L. Heesakkers (Leiden) H.A. Hendrix
(Utrecht University) F.J. van Ingen (Amsterdam) J.I. Israel M. Jacobs (Free University of
Brussels) K.A. Ottenheym (Utrecht University) K. Porteman (Leuven) E.J. Sluijter
(University of Amsterdam) B. Westerweel (Zegveld)

General Information about Intersections or specific issues of the series are to be had

Prof. Dr. Karl Enenkel (general editor)
Institute of Classical Studies
Department of Latin and Neo-Latin Literature University of Leiden P.O.Box 9515 2300 RA
tel.: 0031 71 – 5272668 or 0031 71- 8890826

Dr. Jan L. de Jong (editorial secretary) Institute for the History of Art and
Architecture, Groningen University P.O. Box 716 9700 AS Groningen The Netherlands
tel.: 0031 50 – 3636091, fax: 0031 50 – 3637362

Claus Zittel
Kunsthistorisches Institut / Max Planck Institut Florenz

About Christopher Green

Professor of Psychology at York University (Toronto). Former editor of the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. Creator of the "Classics in the History of Psychology" website and of the "This Week in the History of Psychology" podcast series.