P 19a Drugs: Trade, Transmission, Translation, and Authority

The aim of this panel is to explore the shape of histories of medicine that take their departure from the material substances that are involved in healing, chiefly materia medica and fluids.

We hope to look not only at how fluids and drugs are conceptualized in medical discourse, but also how (medicinal) substances move and guide body fluids, as well as how drugs themselves are handled and acted upon during the processes of their procurement and production. In short, we intend to focus on concrete practices of acting upon body fluids as well as the substances and things that are involved in healing.

What do such matter-centered histories look like, and what are the novel insights they can bring to the study of medical and cultural history?

Impressions of ICTAM IX

  • Impressions of ICTAM IX, 2017, by Matthias Burmeister, ICTAM IX Filmteam