Sabine Arnaud

Research Group Director

Ph.D.

Residence: November 1, 2010–January 31, 2016

Profile

Sabine Arnaud’s current research focuses on the instrumentalization of the question of deafness in the construction of various disciplines, and the study of conflicting new conceptions of the human and of normality/abnormality. Studying deafness from the seventeenth to the late nineteenth century, her project traces the crucial role that language has played in how we define humanity, and analyzes the many ways in which this relationship has been articulated (voice and sign language). The new research project follows the completion of a monograph on hysteria published by the Editions de l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in January 2014 and a version in English to be published by The University of Chicago Press in the Spring of 2015 under the title On Hysteria: The Invention of a Medical Category (1670-1820).

A U.S. doctorate in Comparative Literature (City University of New York) in cotutelle with a French thesis in History and Civilizations (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) and graduate theses in Philosophy and Art History (Paris VIII-Vincennes-Saint Denis) have guided Sabine Arnaud’s approach to visual and textual documents. She has been a Max Planck Research Group director since November 2010.

Before joining the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Sabine Arnaud was an assistant professor at Texas A&M University. Her research on hysteria has previously been supported by a Milton Brown Dissertation Fellowship and fellowships from the New York Academy of Medicine, the Société Internationale d’Etude des Femmes de l’Ancien Régime, the Countway Library of Harvard University, the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University, the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin, and The Institute for the Medical Humanities of The University of Texas.

Current work:

The Writing of Deafness and the Construction of Norms in France and Italy (1750-1914)

Selected publications

  • Arnaud, S. (2015). On Hysteria: The Invention of a Medical Category between 1670 and 1820. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. More
  • Arnaud, S. (2014). L'Invention de l'hystérie au temps des Lumières (1670-1820). Paris: Editions de l'EHESS. More
  • Arnaud, S. (2012). Ruse and Reappropriation in the French Eighteenth Century: 'La Philosophy of the Vapours' by C.-J. de B. de Paumerelle. French Studies, 65(2), 174-187. More
  • Arnaud, S. (2010). Une Maladie indéfinissable? L'hystérie, de la métaphore au récit, au XVIIIe siècle. More
  • Arnaud, S. (Ed.). (2009). La Philosophie des Vapeurs. Paris: Mercure de France. More
  • Arnaud, S. (2009). Medical Writing, Philosophical Encounters, and Professional Strategy: The Defiance of Pierre Pomme. More

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Talks and presentations

11.2014 University of Upper Alsace, Mulhouse – "Maux en dérives à la découverte du corps souffrant; Une Ecriture née au dix-huitième siècle?"
09.2014 Centre Suisse de Recherche pour l’Histoire sociale et économique, University of Zurich – "The Invention of the Abnormal in Late Nineteenth Century France and Italy"
09.2014 European Society for the History of Science, Lisbon – "The Invention of the Abnormal and the Emergence of Medico-Pedagogy in France at the Turn of the Twentieth Century"
07.05.2014 Richardson History of Psychiatry Research Seminar, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York – "Deafness, Norms, and the Distribution of Expertise in the Late Nineteenth Century"
28.04.-30.04.2014 Université Lyon 1, Lyon – "Normal, pathologique, ou anormal? Divisions des catégories et promiscuité des savoirs entre 1820 et 1814"

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Teaching activities

Spring 2010 The Institute for the Medical Humanities, The University of Texas Medical Branch – The Establishment of Medicine and The Construction of a Medical Category From 1670 to 1830: Hysteria in France and England
Summer 2009 Humboldt-Universität, Institut für Germanistik, Department of Medienanalyse – (with Rupert Gaderer) Literatur, Naturwissenschaften und Medizin um 1800
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