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Consuming Medicinals in the Early Modern World

Posted By Sharon Strocchia, Tuesday, April 25, 2017

This CfP invites papers that explore the consumption of non-native medicinals—plant, animal, mineral—across the early modern globe. Recent studies have shown how the circulation of medicinals helped foster the development of transregional economies and global networks of exchange, but we know less about how these substances were actually integrated into traditional pharmacopeia and household medicine chests in both European and non-European settings. How did therapeutic substances acquire new cultural uses, identities and meanings as they traveled the globe? What processes and mechanisms facilitated the adoption and transculturation of previously unknown medicinals? How was the efficacy of “new” medicinals evaluated and certified, and by whom? Papers examining the commodification of medicinals, their transformation into consumer products, and their impact on material culture (e.g. print, objects, collectables) are also welcome. Geographic focus is unrestricted; temporal focus c. 1400-1700.  

Proposals for 20-minute papers should include

·         The author’s name, professional affiliation, and current contact information

·         Paper title (15 word maximum)

·         Abstract (150 words maximum)

·         Brief CV (maximum 300 words)

·         Indication of AV needs

Submit your proposal to Sharon Strocchia,, by Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Subject line: “RSA – Consuming Medicinals.”

Tags:  commodities  consumption  drugs  material culture  medicine  print  recipe books  trade 

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