Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities

An interdisciplinary collaboration between the Faculties of Arts and Medicine & Health at the University of Leeds

‘The Medicalization of the Figure of the Monster’, Alejandra Flores de la Flor, University of Cadiz, Spain

‘The Medicalization of the Figure of the Monster’ [in English]

Room: Michael Sadler SR (B.37)
Wednesday, 1 May, 2013

The monster and the monstrous have fascinated human beings since their origins. Monsters have been observed from many points of view -from an esoteric one to a scientific one-, and being deformed has not left anyone indifferent: philosophers, religious thinkers, lawyers, doctors, and even illiterate persons have showed interest for them. In this lecture we analyze the fascination of the monster, emphasizing the medicalization process that occurred in the late eighteenth century which lasted almost to the present day.


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Alejandra was also be giving another paper, in Spanish

‘Felipe II y la leyenda negra’ [in Spanish]

Room: Michael Sadler SR (LG.19)
Thursday, 2 May, 2013

Philip II has been one the most fascinating historical figures for historians of the Spanish Early Modern age. He has been hated and loved and his image has been treated with little accuracy due to what we call “The Black Legend“. In this conference we analyze his personality and how he contributed to the creation of a distorted idea about Spain and the Spanish people through History.

All are welcome.

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