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  • Odón Web


    NEW ENTRY TO "SABERES EN ACCIÓN" (Knowlede in action): "El profesor divulgador" (The teacher populariser) by Agustí Nieto-Galan (IHC-UAB)

    Second part of "Saberes en acción" (Knowledge in Action): https://sabersenaccio.iec.cat/.  Category "Audiences".


    At the end of the 19th century, Professor Odón de Buen turned the natural sciences into a powerful tool for political propaganda.


    Nineteenth-century university professors saw the popularisation of science as an integral part of their own profession, as a moral duty towards their society, and often also as a good economic complement, given that their salaries were generally rather meagre. But it was not all for economic or deontological reasons. Scientific dissemination often became a very powerful tool to spread certain political ideologies from the professorships, but also in schools, athenaeums, cultural centres, libraries and all those spaces of sociability in the public sphere of industrial societies. This was, for example, the case of Odón de Buen (1863-1945), professor of natural history at the University of Barcelona, defender of Darwinism in times hostile to that new scientific paradigm and republican freethinker with an ambitious programme for the dissemination of his political ideas.


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  • Drugs and colours


    European Symposium: Drugs & Colors in History: from the past to the present. Revisiting ancient Pharmacies, Apothecaries, Spezierias & Workshops 20 -22 october 2021

    The conference will take place on 20-22 October 2021 with the participation of Carmel Ferragud (IILP-UV) in collaboration with art historian Carme Llanes Domingo.

    Carmel Ferragud will speak on Friday 22 October at 12:40 at the La Nau Cultural Centre (UV) with the paper: "From the apothecary to the painter workshop: The apothecaries who sold materials to the painters of the Crown of Aragon during the low Middle Ages".

    Many of the papers are devoted to the spice shop (or apothecary) of Santa Maria della Scala in Rome. This is a research project that aims to analyse the contents of this spice shop and which aspires to its museumisation. The congress explores a number of connected themes.

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    Organised by:


    Faculty of Geography and History, Botanical Garden and La Nau Cultural Centre of the University of Valencia.

    València School of Art and Design.

    Aboca Coop. Agricola (Sansepolcro, Italy)

    Aboca Museum (Sansepolcro, Italy)

  • Alimentos modernos


    Participation of Ximo Guillem (IILP-UV) in the series of seminars organised at the Andrés Bello University.

    On 5 October, Ximo Guillem-Llobat, researcher at the IILP, gave a lecture as part of the annual cycle of seminars at the Universidad Andrés Bello (Santiago de Chile) entitled Alimentos modernos: riesgos, políticas y experiencias. Siglos XIX y XX (Modern food: risks, policies and experiences. 19th and 20th centuries). His lecture focused on the regulation of food quality and safety, with an emphasis on the case of oil. Entitled "¿Qué aceites son comestibles? Aportaciones y silencios de los expertos en el estado español (1880-1936)" (Which oils are edible? Contributions and silences of the experts in Spain (1880-1936) is available at the following link:



  • La cultura material de la psiquiatría


    CYCLE: "La cultura material de la psiquiatría" (The Material Culture of Psychiatry) coordinated by Enric Novella (IILP-UV)

    Cycle coordinated by Enric Novella (IILP-UV)


    In recent decades, the history of psychiatry has become one of the most dynamic and exciting fields in the history of science, accumulating an enormous wealth of contributions that have come from four main historiographical axes: conceptual history (which has explored in great richness and detail the development of psychopathological discourse), social history (which has shown the intertwining of psychiatric knowledge and practices with various forms of government and social control), professional history (which has uncovered the rhetorics and corporate strategies of psychiatrists and other psi specialists) and cultural history (which has made it possible to understand the development of mental medicine as a product closely linked to the shaping of the attributes of individuality and modern subjectivity). As a consequence of the "material turn" which, inspired by authors such as the French philosopher, anthropologist and sociologist of science Bruno Latour, has recently permeated the humanities and social sciences, the historiography of psychiatry has also echoed an approach that understands scientific activity as a set of concrete, bodily and material practices that primarily involve the manipulation of certain objects. Despite its traditional focus on the immaterial realm of the mind, there is no doubt that, in this sense, the history of psychiatry is also the history of such emblematic devices as the pressure shower, the straitjacket, the psychoanalytic couch or the electroshock apparatus, which have not always been interrogated in their intrinsic agency and their multiple meanings for professionals, patients and society as a whole. With the participation of a group of European researchers involved in various projects related to the material culture of psychiatry, this cycle aims to take advantage of the potential (and limitations) of this historiographical framework to highlight aspects long neglected by other approaches.


    Wednesday 10 November 2021 at 6 p.m.

    The Material Ecology of Electroconvulsive Therapy

    Max Gawlich, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg.

    Link to the session: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/4c472b2a608e4ad89d2fa48190f5dd53


    Wednesday 17 November 2021 at 6 p.m.

    Electroshock in post-war Valencia

    Javier Balaguer, López Piñero Inter-University Institute, University of Valencia

    Link to the session: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/daa34d2f3d304c9d9d052bb7d86be957


    Wednesday 24 November 2021 at 6 p.m.

    Things in Transition. Psychiatric Reform and Material Culture in the 1900s and the 1970s

    Monika Ankele, Medizinische Universität Wien

    Link to the session: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/6f40ef984a954991b74289466fb9c0b8



  • Ni experts, ni profans


    NEW ENTRY TO "SABERES EN ACCIÓN " (KNOWLEDGE IN ACTION): "Ni expertos, ni profanos" (Neither experts, nor laymen) by Agustí Nieto-Galan (IHC-UAB) and Oliver Hochadel (IMF-CSIC

    Second volume of  “saberes en acción” (knowledge in action): https://sabersenaccio.iec.cat/.  Category “Públicos" (Audiences).


    Scientific knowledge is the result of its continuous circulation through society, from the academic world to popular culture and vice versa.


    We have inherited from the 20th century a probably somewhat naïve image of science popularisation. It is a vision that we could call "traditional", in which professional scientists, or experts in general, seem to possess indisputable truths, which they then decide, unilaterally, to disseminate to society in the form of simplified knowledge. Surely this clichéd image coincides with the idea that knowledge is first created in closed spaces inaccessible to the public (such as the laboratory) and only in a second stage are the doors opened and disseminated to society. Moreover, this traditional view gives the general public, the layperson, a secondary, almost irrelevant role. They are often considered, with frequent lamentations, to be almost illiterate in scientific culture. Hence the need for hierarchical and vertical scientific communication between experts and laymen. In other words: those who really know must enlighten those who do not, so that the latter become aware of the importance of modern science and understand, without asking too many questions, the need to invest large sums of public money in research.


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  • Mort Ofelia


    NEW ENTRY TO "SABERES EN ACCIÓN" (KNOWLEDGE IN ACTION): "The psychopathological gaze" by Enric Novella (IILP-UV)

    Second part of "Saberes en acción" (Knowledge in action": https://sabersenaccio.iec.cat/. Section devoted to "Medicine, madness and society".


    Between retrospective medicine, social diagnosis and the cultural critique of modernity.


    In a well-known excerpt from the second edition of his Medical-Philosophical Treatise on Mental Alienation (1809), the French physician Philippe Pinel justified the adoption of a new term of reference for mental pathology. He defended the need to banish the vulgar term "madness" from the medical vocabulary because, according to him, this expression could "have an indeterminate latitude and extend to all the errors and defects that affect the human species". "Would it not be necessary then," Pinel wondered, "to include in this category all false and inaccurate ideas formed of objects, all notorious errors of imagination and judgement, or all that which irritates or provokes fantastic desires?"


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