10th European Spring School on History ‘Handling the body, taking control: Technologies of the gendered body’

Julia Boccardo Discussion

10th European Spring School on History of Science and Popularization

Institut Menorquí d’Estudis, Maó (Balearic Islands, Spain)

23-25 May 2019


Organized by:

The Catalan Society for the History of Science and Technology


Coordinated by:

Montserrat Cabré (Universidad de Cantabria)

Teresa Ortiz-Gómez (Universidad de Granada)




The aim of the 10th European Spring School [ESS] ‘Handling the body, taking control: Technologies of the gendered body’ is to encompass a diversity of themes around the axis of the historical construction of the gendered body as a locus of both empowerment and disempowerment and the place of the natural philosophical and biomedical disciplines in shaping the political and subjective dimensions of human experience.

The School is particularly concerned with exploring how diverse intellectual and social movements have struggled to gain authority and cultural hegemony over women´s bodies by way of defining sexual difference and the gendered body. The ESS  ‘Handling the body, taking control: Technologies of the gendered body’ is open to graduate students, early career scholars, professionals, and activists concerned about past and present approaches to the gendered body and the analysis of the epistemological frameworks that feminism has developed to analyze them.

The ESS is envisaged as a space for junior scholars to discuss their current work-in-progress with colleagues in a creative and supportive environment.

As previous editions, this ESS is structured in key-note lectures and research workshops. All sessions will be conducted in English.


Lectures will be delivered by  Delphine Gardey (University of Geneva); Barbara Orland (University of Basel); María Jesús Santesmases (Institute of Philosophy, CSIC, Madrid); Agata Ignaciuk (University of Warsaw)


Preliminary Programme



10:00-11:30 Registration

11:30-12:00 Welcome and Introduction


Barbara Orland (University of Basel): From humours to hydraulics. The gendered body in anatomy, experimental physiology and medical practice (1630-1770)

12:45-13:15 Discussion

13:15-15:00 Lunch at the Institut Menorquí d’Estudis (Camí des Castell, 28, Maó)

15:00-17:00 Workshop 1. Comments by Montserrat Cabré and Barbara Orland.

  • Sofia Zuccoli. Perfect because imperfect. Controversies about female nature and sexual difference in late Renaissance medical writings
  • Camille Bajeux. ‘Andrology is to man what gynaecology is to woman’: Andrological meanings of the male body
  • Edna Bonhomme. Women, race, and medicine: Black midwives in nineteenth-century Egypt
  • Varvara Redmond. The female body, marriage and love in contemporary halakha

17:00-17:30 Coffee break

17:30-19:00 Poster session 1


FRIDAY 24th May

9:00-10:00 Poster session 2


Delphine Gardey (University of Geneva): Science as usual? A gendered reading of Masters and Johnson’s Laboratory and Clinic of Orgasm (U.S. 1950-1970)

10:45-11:15 Discussion

11:15-11:45 Coffee break

11:45-14:00 Workshop 2. Comments by Montserrat Cabré and Delphine Gardey

  • Alejandra Palafox. Corpus delicti. Medical-legal appropriation of female sexuality in the verification of sexual aggressions in Chile (1890-1928)
  • Sara Serrano Martínez. Gendered expertise through gendered crimes: forensic practices in Spanish courtrooms, 1931-1995.
  • Anna Dobrowolska. ‘Prostitutes’ and the state. The debates on pathological aspects of prostitution in state-socialist Poland (1955-1969).
  • Nora Lehner. Female sexuality and desire in Anna Fischer-Dückelmann’s sexual-health advice book The Sex-Life of Woman (1901, 6th ed.).
  • Marie Walin. Knowledge  about  sexual  impotence  in  Spain,  from  the 1780s  to  the  1910s.
  • Silvia Armenteros Fuentes. Scientific discourses towards asexuality and low sexual desire in Spain (1970-2019)

14:00-15:30 Lunch at restaurant Can Avelino (Carrer Sínia des Muret, 39, Maó)


María Jesús Santesmases (CSIC- Madrid): The reproductive body and the public fetus: Pregnancy, visual cultures and the origins of medical genetics, 1960s-1970s

16:15-16:45 Discussion

16:45-17:15 Coffee break

17:15-19:30 Workshop 3. Comments by Teresa Ortiz and María Jesús Santesmases.

  • Esmeralda Covarrubias. Study of bodies giving birth from the approach of materiality. Mexico City, 19th century
  • Anne-Charlotte Millepied. Visualizing/revealing endometriosis: The power of diagnostic imaging technologies on women’s worlds of pain
  • Claire Grino. When freezing implies gendering: Comparative study of male and female gametes cryopreservation
  • Dresda Méndez de la Brena. Body chronologies: Medical photography and the half lived body
  • Natalia Fernández Jimeno. Feminist activism and body technologies
  • Viktoria Zhelyazkova. [Forthcoming title].




Agata Ignaciuk (University of Warsaw): Abortion ‘cultures’: politics, activism and experiences in the Cold war era

9:45-10:15 Discussion

10:15 -10:45 Coffee break

10:45-13:00 Workshop 4. Comments by Agata Ignaciuk and Teresa Ortiz.

  • Micaela Pattison. ‘Conscious maternity’: Euphemism, gendered class identity and the sacralization of modern motherhood
  • Alexandra Roux. Taking control, staying monitored. The ambivalence of the ‘liberation’ of women in a pill-centered contraceptive framework (France, 1960-2000)
  • Emily Kaliel & Karissa Patton. Building community and transforming knowledge: case studies of women’s reproductive health expertise in 20th Century Alberta, Canada
  • Kateryna Ruban. Modern doctors vs the Old Regime: Debates about the decriminalization of abortions in the late Russian empire and early Soviet Union
  • Hanne Blank. Menstrual extraction in the U.S. 1970s: Controversies of commodification and control
  • Morag Ramsey. Swedish abortion technologies: Valuing bodily experiences

13:00 - 13:30 Concluding remarks and School closure



Deadline for sending accepted papers: 10th May 2019



Registration forms at:  http://www.iec.cat/jornades/europeanspring2019.asp



by March 15st

(with discount)

   from March 16st to May 8th


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Organising institutions

Institut Menorquí d’Estudis (IME), Maó
Societat Catalana d’Història de la Ciència i la Tècnica (SCHCT)

With the support of
University of Cantabria, History of Medicine Research Group, HAR2015-63995-P (MINECO/FEDER)
University of Granada, Department of the History of Science and Women’s Studies Research Group PAIDI HUM-603