Colloque « Greek Medical Texts and their Audience », Bruxelles, 12-13 décembre 2014

L’Université Libre de Bruxelles organise en décembre prochain un colloque consacré au « public » des textes médicaux grecs. Il s’agira d’étudier la perception, la transmission ainsi que la réception de ces textes dans l’Antiquité.

Ce colloque, qui aura lieu les 12 et 13 décembre 2014, est organisé par Sophia Xenophontos (Université Libre de Bruxelles) et Petros Bouras-Vallianatos (King’s College London).

Voici l’appel à contributions diffusé par les organisateurs :

The idea that every text is meant to appeal upon a certain audience is not a new one, but it is only recently that it has engaged much scholarly discussion, especially in light of the application of reception theory to literary works. This conference seeks to examine the interplay between Greek medical texts (e.g. Hippocratic corpus, Dioscorides, Galen, Rufus of Ephesus) and their contemporary readers. Papers concentrating on the reception of these texts in later periods (e.g. Late Antiquity, Byzantium), including the Syriac and Islamic tradition, are also welcome.

We are interested in contemplating, inter alia, the following questions/subjects:

§  How do medical authors adjust their text according to the needs and expectations of their audience? (structure of medical texts and medical subgenres as aspects determining wide vs specialised readership)

§  Other conditions that may regulate, control, or limit the reception of medical writings (e.g. background of author and reader, degree of shared memory between them)

§  Deciphering medical texts; mechanisms for activating or enhancing the reader’s memory (e.g. rhetorics, visual representations, diagrams)

§  Cognitive and emotional responses to medical works­

§  Translators/editors and their role in the transmission and reception of medical texts

§  Commentaries, scholia, paraphrases

Abstracts (of no more than 200 words) should be in English and include title of the paper, full name, academic affiliation, and contact details. These must be sent by Friday, June 20, 2014 to: or

La conférence inaugurale sera donnée par Vivian Nutton (Londres), et certains intervenants sont déjà connus : David Engels (Bruxelles), Antoine Pietrobelli (Reims/Paris), Chiara Thumiger (Berlin), Laurence Totelin (Cardiff), Uwe Vagelphol (Warwick).

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