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Lecture Series 2011: Presentation by Shigehisa Kuriyama

Jun 14, 2011

The lecture by Prof. Shigehisa Kuriyama continued the Lecture Series on June 15, from 6 to 8 pm. Its subject was a new type of anxiety – the fear of rotting food.

In his lecture titled “Toward the History of Rotting Food”, Prof. Kuriyama introduced a new form of anxiety, namely, the fear of food rotting in the body. In turning back to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, he showed how it evolved from the older unease about life and money.

Shigehisa Kuriyama is Reischauer Institute Professor of Cultural History at Harvard University. His primary area of research is the comparative history of medicine and the body.

The Lecture Series “Science, Technology and Transcultural Studies “ is organised by Dr. Laurent Pordié and Prof. Dr. Wiliam S. Sax for Research Area C “Health and Environment”. Dr. Pordié is coordinator of the research project C4 “Making India a Global Healthcare Destination”. Prof. Sax coordinates the projects C3 “Mind and Body” and C5 “Stress and Stress-Relief” at the Cluster. He is also Head of the Department of Anthropology at Heidelberg University’s South Asia Institute.   

The lecture took place on June 15, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Karl Jaspers Center for Advanced Transcultural Studies, Room 212.

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