Call for Papers: EAMHMS Congress ‘Beyond the Museum Walls. Medical Collections and Medical Museums in the 21st Century’; (Barcelona, September 19th – 22nd 2018; Deadline 1 February 2018)

Following the stimulating EAMHMS biennial conferences hosted in Edinburgh (2008), Copenhagen (2010), Berlin (2012), London (2014) and Groningen (2016), the 2018 Congress opens the door wide to all those interested in the material culture of medicine and cordially invites you to Barcelona. This will be the second time that Barcelona hosts a meeting of the association, the previous Congress was held in 1990. Lees meer…

Call for papers: “Isaac Beeckman in Context. Science, the Arts, and Culture in the Early Dutch Republic” (Middelburg, The Netherlands, 27-28 September 2018; Deadline 15 February 2018)

1618 Was a crucial year in what is now known as the Scientific Revolution. In September of that year the Dutch artisan, theologian, schoolmaster and natural philosopher Isaac Beeckman (1588-1637) was promoted to doctor of medicine in the French city of  Caen. To his dissertation he added a number of Corrolaria in which Beeckman laid down the principles of a new and revolutionary way to account for natural phenomena, the mechanical philosophy. Then, in November 1618, Beeckman met the young military officer René Descartes in the city of Breda. In a series of highly stimulating conversations he put Descartes on the track towards his own philosophy of nature. The rest is history. Lees meer…