The Apothecarys Chest: Magic, Art & Medication (Apothecary2007)

Venue: Glasgow

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Aug 13, 2007
Abstract Submission Date: Aug 31, 2007
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The Apothecary's Chest: Magic, Art & Medication
24th November 2007
University of Glasgow, UK
Deadline for Papers: 31 August 2007

This one-day symposium aims at bringing together experienced academics and postgraduate students to discuss the evolution of the notions of mysticism, knowledge and superstition in the way they are intertwined in both science and literary imagination in the figure of healers such as the apothecary, the alchemist, the shaman.

For this, the symposium will revolve around three main areas:
i. traditional perceptions: history of physicians who combined knowledge and superstition, and the literature from middle ages onwards; key notions: the occult, disease, science and magic, prophesy
ii. turning point: political dimension of that minority who attained a privileged access to medical knowledge; key notions: exclusivity of knowledge, conspiracy, manipulation of superstitions
iii. modern times: development of the symbolism of the healer in literature and its modern equivalents as regards the exclusivity of knowledge equals power in subjects such as transplants, cults, alternative medicine.

The deadline for proposals is the 31st August 2007. Please send a 200 word proposal (time limit: 20minutes) along with a short bio and University affiliation to

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