|Figure 1: Giuliana Garzone and Paola Catenaccio presenting their paper in a panel chaired by Dr. Elisabetta Lonati in the Napoleonica hall of the University of Milan (Photo by Shahrzad Irannejad).|
On the first day, Giuliana Garzone and Paola Catenaccio (Milan) talked about "Disseminating medical knowledge in the 19th century: discourse analytical perspectives" (Fig. 1). They discussed the frequency of occurrence, collocation and concordances of their selected terms "knowledge", "experience", "theory", and "evidence" in their corpus, which was based on three major medical texts in the 19th century. They also discussed the structures of the three texts and stressed the importance of analyzing the introductions of the texts. Eleonora Ravizza (Bergamo) discussed "Colonialism and cultural hybridity at the intersection of medical and literary discourse". The underlying theme of her presentation was the notion that our experience of our physical body is mediated through language and is thus socially and culturally charged. She also discussed the relationship between disease and foreignness and drew on Susan Sontag’s Illness as Metaphor. The first day ended in a very interesting social event, in which we visited the archives of the Ca' Granda Hospital which housed many medical documents and objects going as far back as the 11th century (Fig. 2 and 3).
Figure 2 and 3: Visit to the archives of the Ca' Granda Hospital (Photos by Shahrzad Irannejad).
|Figure 4: The last speaker of the day trying to allure the audience with a story by Shahrazad; I promise my gesture in this scene was not pre-contemplated (Photo by Lucia Berti).|