Dear Mersennes, 


this is a reminder that there remain only a few days to register to the summer school, The Kiln, The Alembic, and the Clockwork (Pisa 29-31 March 2019) the deadline being on the 31st January 2019. 


This summer school will explore how the representation of the body and its functions changed from antiquity to the early modern period and how technology altered the perception of what we are as human animals. By adopting three of the most iconic analogies ever used to represent the human body, The Kiln, the Alembic, and the Clockwork will explore the early modern imagery of the body, in connection to the methods of investigation and its overlapping with disciplines such as alchemy and astronomy. Particular attention will be devoted to processes such as the combination and the concoction of humours (the kiln), distillation and perspiration (the alembic) and the mechanical action of innate heat (the clockwork) whilst considering, for each analogy, the visual impact it exerted on the Renaissance and early modern representations of human physiology.


The summer school is directed to scholars at any stages of their career who are willing to deepen their knowledge of the history of medicine and its connection to other disciplines of knowledge in the early modern period. Sources and papers will be pre-circulated in order for attendees to engage fruitfully in conversation with speakers in a roundtable at the end of the day. Small presentations (5-7 min.) are equally welcome.

The venue is the outstanding location of Domvs Comeliana in Piazza dei Miracoli (Pisa) with the provisional programme available at


Keynote Speakers:

Vivian Nutton (First Moscow State Medical University)




Hiro Hirai (Radboud University)




Fabio Zampieri (University of Padua)




Fabiola Zurlini (Studio Firmano for the History of Medicine and Science)


Registration fee to attend the Summer School is 244 and includes the cost of all breaks and lunches. Payment can be made directly to Fondazione Comel via Bank Transfer with the specification CSMBR 2018 by the registration deadline of Saturday 31 January 2019. For information and details please contact [log in to unmask]


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