CFP: Towards the Authority of Vesalius: Representations of the Human Body in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

December 3-5, 2014, University of Leuven

The authority of Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564) in reviving the human anatomy is without any doubt a landmark in the history of science. Yet, his breakthrough was inconceivable without his predecessors’ works, and later on, his own legacy would not remain untouched.

This multidisciplinary conference aims at bringing together international scholars working in the field of theology, art history, philosophy, history of science and historical linguistics. Its goal is to conceptualize and contextualize the interactions between, on the one hand, dogma and authority, and, on the other hand, the progress of empirical sciences, both in the development of anatomy and in the changing views on the human body.

Part of the conference will deal specifically with the creation and elaboration of scientific terminology in Greek, Latin and the vernacular.

Call for papers

Papers may be given in English or French, and should be 25 minutes long. To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of approximately 300 words, along with your name, academic affiliation and contact information by 15 April 2014 to The publication of selected papers is planned in a volume to be included in the peer-reviewed LECTIO Series (Brepols Publishers).

The keynote lectures will be delivered by Prof. Alain Touwaide (Smithsonian Institute, USA), Prof. Ian Maclean (University of Oxford, UK) and Prof. David Trotter (Aberystwyth University, UK).

Venue: The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven Detailed information about the conference on

Pieter De Leemans
Jan Godderis
Michèle Goyens
Roberto Lo Presti
Jan Papy
Baudoin Van den Abeele
Steven Vanden Broecke
Geert Vanpaemel

Pieter De Leemans
Erika Gielen
Michèle Goyens
Jan Papy
Marleen Reynders
Gerd Van Riel

Registration is required before 26 November 2014

Marleen Reynders
016/ 32 87 78

Deadline: April 15, 2014

Posted: February 13, 2014