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Technosomata Workshop 1
7th June 2019 @ 08:45 - 19:00
TECHNOLOGY, SEX AND GENDER IN CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY
7th of June 2019
Amory Building Room 315
Convened by: Maria Gerolemou
Supported by the Centre for Knowledge in Culture in Antiquityand Beyond and the Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter
This workshop proposes to explore the ways that technology (defined as techniques) produces, configures or reshapes gender and sexuality. Cosmetics, prosthetics, athletics, pharmaceutics and sexual tools can all be considered in terms of enhancement technologies with a variety of aims, including longevity, and at healthier and improved appearance. In this respect, they have a pervasive impact on gender, as they redefine the limits of the physical body, as well as on sexuality in terms of rewriting the script for erotic action emphasizing sexual pleasure, or assisting/preventing reproduction.
9.00-9.15: Kate Fisher, Rebecca Langlands, Maria Gerolemou, Introductory speech
9.15-10.00, Jane Draycott (Glasgow), Gendering Therapeutic Body Modification and Bodily Enhancement Technologies
10.00-10.45, Maria Gerolemou (Exeter), Want to look younger and beautiful?Steamy baths in classical antiquity
10.45-11.15 Coffee/Tea Break
11.15-12.00, Alessia Gurdasole (CNRS Paris), Dysfunction (δυσέργεια) and deformity (ἀπρέπεια) in Paul of Aegina’s surgical chapters
12.00-12.45, Daniel King (Exeter), Galen’s athletics
12.45-1.30, Genevieve Liveley (Bristol), Natural born cyborgs: Or, when Talos met Medea
2.30-3.15, Laurence Totelin (Cardiff), Lizards and Lettuces: aphrodisiacs as technosõmata
3.15-4.00, Francesca Spiegel (HU Berlin), The Abortion of Oedipus: On contraception
4.00-4.45, Karen Ni-Mheallaigh(Exeter), Prosthetic penises and removable eyes: bionic life on the Moon
4.45-5.15 Coffee/Tea Break
5.15-6.00, Giulia Maria Chesi (HU Berlin), Ethiopian cosmetics vs. Persian commotics in Herodotus’ Ethiopian logos
6.00-6.45, Martin Devecka (UC Santa Cruz), The Human Touch: Prosthetic Gendering of Animal Bodies in the Roman Empire