Programme (May 2014)

This programme reflects the most current paper titles that hyperlink to the abstracts. All the papers can be accessed here. You can find the password in your registration email. If you would like to attend the workshop, please email

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Coffee and tea will be available from 9 am

9:15-9:30 Welcome

Elaine Leong, MPIWG and Alisha Rankin, Tufts University

9:30-10:30 Determining A Drug’s Properties: Medieval Experimental Protocols

Michael McVaugh, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Commentator: Montserrat Cabré, Universidad de Cantabria

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:00 Renaissance Pharmacy, Testing and the Language of Truth

Valentina Pugliano, University of Cambridge

Commentator: Cesare Pastorino, MPIWG and TU, Berlin

12:00-1:00 Making Trials in Sixteenth- and Early Seventeenth-Century Medicine

Evan Ragland, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Commentator: Sven Dupré, MPIWG

1:00-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:00 Testing Drugs and Trying Cures in the Spanish American Empire: First Phase of the Scientific Revolution, 1520s to 1570s

Antonio Barrera-Osorio, Colgate College

Commentator: Michael Stolberg, Universität Würzburg

3:00-4:00 Experimenting American Drugs in Charitable Institutions and Hospitals 

Samir Boumediene, MPIWG

Commentator: Mary Terrall, UCLA and MPIWG

4:00-4:30 Coffee Break

4:30-5:15 Talking Cures in Early Modern England & An introduction to The Casebooks Project: A Digital Edition of Simon Forman’s and Richard Napier’s Medical Records, 1596-1634 [Talk]

Lauren Kassell, University of Cambridge

Participants are welcome to join the MPIWG staff at the Institute Sommerfest in the courtyard.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Coffee and tea will be available from 9 am

9:30- 10:30 Medicinal Formulas and Experiential Knowledge in the 17th-century Epistemic Exchange between China and Europe

Marta Hanson and Gianna Pomata, Johns Hopkins University

Commentator: Martina Siebert, MPIWG

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11.00-12:00 Chemical Experts: Mineral Waters and the Paris Academy of Sciences, 1600-1735

Michael Bycroft, MPIWG

Commentator: Ursula Klein, MPIWG

12:00-12:45 The View from Above? Surgical Technologies’ Assesments in Eighteenth-Century Paris [Talk]

Christelle Rabier, EHESS, Marseille

12:45-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:00 Tests on the Liquefaction of the Blood of Saint Januarius in Naples in the Early Modern Age

Francesco Paolo de Ceglia, University of Bari

Commentator: Harun Küçük, MPIWG

3:00-4:00 Liquidity: Science, Translation, and Manchu Medical Recipes

Carla Nappi, University of British Columbia

Commentator: Michael Stanley-Baker, MPIWG

4:00-4:30 Coffee Break

4:30-5:30 Comment and Roundtable Discussion

Harold Cook, Brown University and Katharine Park, Harvard University

7:00 All speakers and commentators are invited to join us at dinner at Ristorante Il Gattopardo


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