Death as an apothecary's assistant making up medicines in a jar for the apothecary attending a female patient who sits by the fireside. Watercolour by T. Rowlandson or one of his followers. Wellcome Images.

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Death as an apothecary's assistant making up medicines in a jar for the apothecary attending a female patient who sits by the fireside.

Civilising Bodies: Literature, Rhetoric and Image 1700–Present Day

25–26 April 2013

Supported by the Centre for Medical History and the Wellcome Trust

The Centre for Medical History at Exeter University is holding an interdisciplinary postgraduate colloquium focusing on the theme of ‘Civilising Bodies’, bringing together academics working in the field with postgraduate researchers.

This is an exciting opportunity to see researchers discussing innovative approaches to questions of the relationship between society, the body, and its representations in a variety of media.

The narratives, discourses, and imagery of bodies and their relationship with civilisation have affected a wide range of media, from novels, poetry, and political tracts to art and film; a diversity reflected in the papers on show.

The event will showcase postgraduate research and work by established academics on themes ranging from monstrous female bodies to medical scandals, discourse of race and savagery to the body in literature. It will be a great opportunity to meet fellow scholars working in this area within both a social and academic environment.

Guest Speakers

Dr Lesley Hall (Wellcome Library)
Professor Mark Jackson (University of Exeter)

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