Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Jordan Conference Center Auditorium
University of Virginia School of Medicine
The Kenneth R. Crispell Memorial Lecture in the History of the Health Sciences
AND THE HISTORY OF DISTRACTION
Shigehisa Kuriyama PhD
Reischauer Institute Professor of Cultural History; Chair, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; and Professor of the History of Science; Harvard University, Cambridge MA
How should we imagine the history of distraction? Is it true that the internet has made us distracted in a way that we never have been before? And, if it has, is that necessarily bad?
What is distraction, anyway? In this Medical Center Hour, East Asian cultural historian Shigehisa Kuriyama suggests that comparative reflection on images of skulls and skeletons can offer us illuminating insight into these questions, and into the entwining of distraction with art, anatomy, curiosity, and early modern global trade.
Co-presented with the History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series,
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library