The Human Body in the Age of Catastrophe: Brittleness, Integration, Science, and the Great War

Date/Time
Thursday
4 Apr 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location
142 Dwinelle Hall

Event Type
Non-CSTMS Event

Stefanos Geroulanos
Associate Professor of European Intellectual History at New York University 

The injuries suffered by soldiers during WWI were as varied as they were brutal. How could the human body suffer and often absorb such disparate traumas? Why might the same wound lead one soldier to die but allow another to recover? In The Human Body in the Age of Catastrophe, Stefanos Geroulanos and Todd Meyers uncover a fascinating story of how medical scientists came to conceptualize the body as an integrated yet brittle whole. Responding to the harrowing experience of the Great War, the medical community sought conceptual frameworks to understand bodily shock, brain injury, and the vast differences in patient responses they occasioned. Geroulanos and Meyers carefully trace how this emerging constellation of ideas became essential for thinking about integration, individuality, fragility, and collapse far beyond medicine: in fields as diverse as anthropology, political economy, psychoanalysis, and cybernetics. See more here.

Department of History
This event is sponsored by: Berkeley Center for New Media • Department of History • Department of Rhetoric

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