Digitizing Materiality: On the Fabric of Human Bodies

Thursday, September 16, 2021
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. EDT (UTC -4)

Join us for the first in a series of collaborative workshops featuring rare materials relating to the human body.

“On the Fabric of Human Bodies” will explore the body and materiality of scientific collections, moving from 2-D to 3-D representations and objects. Traversing time and space, you will encounter highlights from 16th-century anatomical texts to a 20th-century implant. How can we read the materiality of these objects, and what can they tell us about changing concepts of the body, science, and medicine? How do digital methods enhance our understanding of these objects?



Dow Corning Silastic Demonstration Mammary Sizer, 1970
Isabelle Marina Held (Postdoctoral Fellow, Science History Institute)

Robert Fludd’s Utriusque Cosmi Historia, 1617–1618
Megan Piorko (Postdoctoral Fellow, Science History Institute)

Andreas Vesalius’s On the Fabric of the Human Body, 1543
Tabitha Tuckett (Rare Books Librarian, University College London)


Questions? For more information about the program contact workshops@sciencehistory.org.