Conference: Female Bodies and Female Practitioners in the Medical Traditions of the Late Antique Mediterranean World

October 27-29, 2014, Collaborative Research Center, Berlin, Germany

The conference aims at discussing the emergence and transmission of gynaecological knowledge from different angles in ancient medical theory and practice. Beside the medical approach, practices and socio-religious norms that enable and constrain the production and application of gynaecological know-how (e.g. certain taboos on examining or touching the female body, etc.) will be considered. The role and function of female specialists (e.g. healers, midwives or wet-nurses) as objects and subjects within ancient medical discourses will also be elaborated in further detail.

The combination of topics from various disciplines will provide ample possibilities for a comparative exploration of this field. The multi-perspective approach will help to sharpen understanding of similarities and differences between Talmudic knowledge on this topic and the medical traditions in Ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Graeco-Roman, Persian, Byzantine, and Syriac cultures.

Admission is free, but registration is required. Contact:

f.herklotz@hu-berlin.de

For a detailed programme and other practical information please visit:

http://www.sfb-episteme.de/en/veranstaltungen/Vorschau/Tagung_A03_Gynaekologie.html

Posted: October 20, 2014