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Culture & Hypochondria

El simposio sobre "Cultura e Hipocondría" se realizará en el Tate Britain de Londres, el 18 de Septiembre de 2009.
Julia Borossa, Steven Connor, Brian Dillon, Darian Leader, and Caroline Rooney explorarán la historia y el significado contemporáneo de enfermedad y ansiedad tal como fue mediada por artistas, escritores y filósofos. Texto completo

Fuente: Biomedicine on Display
Más: Tate London

The symposium on ‘Culture and Hypochondria’ will take place at Tate Britain, London, on Friday 18 September 2009.
The speakers — Julia Borossa, Steven Connor, Brian Dillon, Darian Leader, and Caroline Rooney —will explore the history and contemporary meaning of illness and anxiety as mediated by artists, writers and philosophers.
Hypochondria is an ancient name for a malady that is always fretfully new: the fear of disease and the experience of one’s body as alien and unpredictable. Its history is ambiguous: an organic disease with verifiable symptoms, it slowly lost its physical attributes until it came to be seen as a purely psychological disturbance or disreputable character trait. Every historical period has felt itself to be an era of heightened hypochondriacal anxieties; the disorder remains current, but its manifestations shift and alter and overlap from one century, or one decade, to another. The history of hypochondria is an X-ray of the more solid and familiar history of medicine; it reveals the underlying structure of our hopes and fears about our bodies.

Source: Biomedicine on Display
More: Tate London

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