The Monster Collectors: Anatomical Collecting and Abnormal Bodies in 18th-Century Embryology
Join us for a talk by Sara Ray, Science History Institute Dissertation Fellow.
Details on this talk will be available soon.
About the Speaker
Sara Ray is a sixth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research uses the collection of 19th-century Dutch anatomist Willem Vrolik to examine the intertwined histories of obstetrics, disability, embryology, and natural history over the long 18th century. She focuses on the collection and preservation of fetuses with congenital abnormalities, looking both at the history of these bodies—their births, their mothers, their collectors—and their use as scientific objects for those pursuing the mysteries of nature’s order. Sara’s work has been previously supported by a Fulbright Award, the Wolf Humanities Center, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, and the Descartes Centre at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. She received her BA from George Washington University and a master’s in museum anthropology from Columbia University in 2014.
About the Series
Lunchtime Lectures are a series of (mostly) weekly, informal talks on the history of chemistry or related subjects, including the history and social studies of science, technology, and medicine. Based on original research (sometimes still in progress), these talks are given by local scholars for an audience of the Institute staff and fellows and interested members of the public.