There is a general assumption in the academy that, while human cultures vary in different times and places, the human body always works the same, in all times and places. This talk draws on material from the history of mind-body medicine to challenge this assumption. Especially in situations of illness, there is evidence that human bodily experience is shaped by culture and, in this sense, has a history that needs to be told, alongside the histories of changing medical and folk theories. Together, we will explore some of the evidence, how it has been understood, and why it matters for work in both the humanities and the medical sciences.
This meeting is free, but you will need to register in advance.