William Cullen and the Medical Enlightenment: An International Symposium
April 5th and 6th 2013 at the RCPE (Edinburgh)

Dr William Cullen (1710-1790), chemist, medical theorist, practitioner, lecturer and author was the most influential teacher of medicine of the later eighteenth-century. This Symposium will bring together scholars for a major reassessment of his achievements and his broader significance for our understanding of Enlightenment culture.

We invite papers on any aspect of Cullen’s work and the 18th-century Scottish medical sphere. Topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Scottish Enlightenment Contexts
  • Medical Practice and Theory
  • The Medical School and Student Diaspora
  • Cullen’s reach in Europe and North America
  • Cullen, Authorship and the History of the Book
  • Biographical and Iconographical Findings
  • Brunonianism

This Symposium, organised by the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow and hosted by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh forms part of our collaborative Cullen Project (cullenproject.ac.uk), supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Abstracts of 300 words (for a 20-minute paper) are to be submitted to enquiries@cullenproject.ac.uk, by the 20th of December 2012. There is also the possibility of symposium proceedings being published in an edited volume; please let us know whether you would consent to your paper being considered when you submit your abstract.


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