Pellagra and pellagrous mania: representations and interpretations between local histories and international debate

pellagra

VENICE – 2 JULY 2016, San Servolo Island

Organised by Egidio Priani – School of Historical Studies, University of Leicester –

ESRC research grant ES/K010212/1: ‘Rough Skin: Maize, Pellagra and Society in Italy’

 

The one-day workshop aims to analyse the themes of pellagra and the related mania, from an eclectic and multidisciplinary perspective. The different talks will indeed bring together quantitative and qualitative research methods, so as to highlight both the local dimension (Venice and the neighbouring Regions) and the wider international debate about pellagra and “alike” diseases. Some topics which will be focused are:

  • The iconography and the visual representations of pellagra
  • The scientific debate amongst physicians in Italy and in Europe
  • The spread and the circulation of the medical knowledge about pellagra in Europe during the nineteenth century
  • Local detailed studies concerning pellagra in specific northern Italy areas, such as Polesine and Ferrara Province

 

MORNING SESSION

10.00-10.15:

Egidio Priani (Univ. Of Leicester, School of Historical Studies)

Welcome and Introduction
Ore 10.15 – 11.00

Nicoletta Leonardi (Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti, Torino): “Iconografia della pellagra”
Ore 11.11 – 11.45

Maria Dorothee Bohemer (Lehrstuhl für Medizingesichte, Universität Zürich UZH) “ «Storia della Crocifissione» di Cesare Ruggieri (1806). Un caso di mania pellagrosa?”
Ore 11.45 – 12.00

Coffee break
Ore 12.00 – 12.45

David Gentilcore (Univ. of Leicester, School of Historical Studies – P.I. ‘Rough Skin’ Research Project): “Soffrire di pazzia pellagrosa. Il ciclo vitale dei pazienti pellagrosi nei manicomi veneziani, 1850-1900”
Ore 12.45 – 13.00

Discussion

 

AFTERNOON SESSION

Ore 14.00 – 14.30

Egidio Priani “Pellagra e paralisi generale: una comparazione tra Italia e Regno Unito”
Ore 14.30 – 15.15

Maria Cristina Turola e Giovanna Calderoni (Indipendent researchers): “Fame, fuga, follia; il destino dei contadini nelle terre di pianura”
Ore 15.15 – 16.00

Magda Beltrami e Mara Guerra (Indipendent researchers) “La pellagra nella provincia ferrarese: documenti, analisi e riflessioni”
Ore 16.00 – 16.30

Discussion and conclusions

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