Call for papers
Sponsored by the Society for Ancient Medicine and Pharmacy (SAM). SAM is an affiliated group of the Society for Classical Studies.
Accepted papers will be presented at a SAM panel at the SCS at the 2016 meetings, which will be held January 7-10, 2016 in San Francisco, CA. Panelists must be members of the SCS at the time of presentation.
For some decades now, the experiment has functioned within the history of science as a privileged site for understanding the production of scientific knowledge as a mode of praxis amenable to sociological and historical as well as philosophical analysis. One of the consequences of the experiment’s significance has been a reinforced sense of seventeenth-century science as radically different from premodern practices due to its “experimental” nature. We invite papers for this session that reassess the status of the experiment in ancient Greco-Roman medicine. How do ancient authors define an experiment? What determines its success or failure? What is the status of experimentation in making truth claims in ancient medicine, especially in relation to other kinds of appeal to experience? What kinds of experimental practices do we see represented in ancient medical texts and in what social and institutional contexts are they undertaken? Papers may engage with other areas of scientific inquiry in antiquity and/or the history of the experiment broadly understood.
Please send an abstract of 500-600 words of your proposed paper (20 mins.) by e-mail to Brooke Holmes (email@example.com). Deadline for submission of abstracts is March 1, 2015.