Medical Imaginaries of the Body

19 november 2019


Medicine, as a science, has claims to universal knowledge of the body. Yet, in the domain of medical knowledge itself, the knowledge of the body is not a unity. The many sub-disciplines of medicine each have their own focus within the imaginations of the body. This lecture asks how the notion of the anatomic body – occupying a given threedimensional extended space – affects the notions of the body in a different system of medical knowledge viz., Ayurveda, prevalent in the colonial Indian subcontinent. It also looks at how a different space, the tropics, and a different system, the Ayurveda, might affect the epistemology of modern medicine at a particular geo-historical juncture. This speculative exercise in epistemic encounters may finally be linked to repetitions of certain structures of hegemony. Dr Birgit M. Kaiser (Languages, Literature and Communication) takes care of the introduction and Dr Anna Poletti (English Language and Culture) and Dr Sandra K. Manickam (Erasmus School of History) will respond to the lecture.

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