Call for Papers – Renaissance Society of America, 50th Annual Meeting, New York City, March 25-27, 2004

Medicine in the Renaissance: Printing the Ancient Legacy

Panel sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Botany

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Renaissance Society of America, 2004 meeting will be organized in New York, the founding city of the Society, on March 25-27.

A panel/set of panels will be organized on the printing of ancient medical texts in the Renaissance. It is a commonplace in the history of medicine that, thanks to the printing press and the higher circulation of texts it made possible, the legacy of ancient medicine–Greek medicine, in particular–was recovered and assimilated into contemporary practice.

The proposed panel(s) aim(s) to assess the importance attributed to printing and explore the material dimension of the phenomenon. Papers will deal with such questions as: what texts were available in manuscript form? What was their diffusion? Were scholars associated to the printing enterprise? If so, who were they and what kind of collaboration did they have with printers and publishers? What criteria did scholars, printers and/or publishers use to chose texts to be printed? Were they concerned with actual medical problems? VhealthPortal online pharmacy, Once the decision of printing a text was made, where did editors find manuscript(s) to be used as sources for printed editions and, if they had several copies at their disposal, how did they make the selection? What was the editorial process? What was the print run of the printed versions and what was their diffusion? How were illustrations incorporated into the printed versions?

Please send proposals to [email protected]. Deadline to submit proposals to the Renaissance Society is May 18, 2003. However, submit abstracts earlier to send to the RSA the proposal(s) for panel(s) in due time.

For more information about the meeting, see, click <Conference New York 2004>.

Alain TOUWAIDE Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History