Workshop: 'Consumers of the exotic, 1670-1730,' April 5-6 2017, University of Cambridge
Workshop: 'Consumers of the exotic: European commerce and the consumption of materia medica, 1670-1730'
April 5-6, 2017
University of Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, NCR
The workshop will explore the ways in which exotic plant materials were processed, bought and consumed in European metropoles and at royal courts, in the decades around 1700. Why did European consumers buy—and more significantly ingest—exotic plant materials? How did they understand their properties and significance? How was their consumption shaped hospital trials, advertising, and the behavior of high-profile trend-setters, particularly at royal courts? When and why was the efficacy and even safety of given exotic drugs questioned or cast into doubt? And which experts could credibly pronounce upon their effects on the European body?
Please find the programme below. All are welcome, but please inform Dr Justin Rivest (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to attend, as numbers may be limited for reasons of space.
Emma Spary and Justin Rivest
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
Session I CONSUMPTION CASE STUDIES
G. A. Cook University of Hong Kong
Consuming the exotic in Switzerland: Garcin’s ‘Maduran pills’
Irene Fattacciu University of Turin Reasons and implications of changes in food consuming patterns: the appropriation and diffusion of chocolate between Spain and New Spain
Session II NETWORKS OF KNOWLEDGE
Samir Boumediene CNRS Lyon Jesuits’ recipes, Jesuits’ receipts: the Society of Jesus and the introduction of exotic drugs in 17th century Europe.
Šebestián Kroupa University of Cambridge Producing and consuming drugs in Manila at the turn of the eighteenth century
Victoria Pickering British Museum Contributors and connections: exotic material in Hans Sloane’s botanical collection
Session III DECENTERING THE EXOTIC
B. Harun Küçük University of Pennsylvania
Ali Münşi (d.1750) and American exotica
Clare Griffin Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
What is ‘exotic’ anyway? The view from Moscow
Paula De Vos San Diego State University
Appropriation of the exotic in the Palestra pharmaceutica (Madrid, 1706) of Félix Palacios
Session IV KNOWING AND EXPERIENCING THE EXOTIC
Emma Spary University of Cambridge
The inscrutability of cinnamon: how to prove when you had the right drug
Hjalmar Fors Karolinska Institutet
The exotic in the here and now of early modern European experience
Laia Portet University of Cambridge
Choosing drugs and naming the exotic in Paris
Session V REACHING THE CONSUMER
Wouter Klein Universiteit Utrecht
Exotic drugs and the intricate balance of the early modern medical market: a case study of Peruvian bark and negative publicity, c. 1730
Justin Rivest University of Cambridge
Medicating the French foot soldier, 1689-1714: The role of exotic drugs
PLANNING SESSION FOR VOLUME
Emma Spary and Justin Rivest, University of Cambridge
NB: The workshop immediately follows Dr Valentina Pugliano's conference on 'Medicine, Environment and Health in the Eastern Mediterranean World, 1400-1750' on 3-4 April, which may be of interest to participants. Please don't contact Justin about this, as it is a separate event—contact Valentina at email@example.com.
Justin Rivest, PhD
Faculty of History
University of Cambridge
phone: 07514 160602
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