Residence: November 1, 2010–January 31, 2016
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 entitled On Hysteria: The Invention of a Medical Category (1670-1820) to be published by The University of Chicago Press. The French version will be published by the Editions de l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in January 2014.
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)
|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|
|28.01.2014||Veronika Lipphardt's Seminar Series, MPIWG “A virgin nature? Imaginings of colonization in the construction of deaf-muteness in 19th-century France”|
|13-16.09.2013||Les sciences de l’homme aux alentours de 1800: Tendances et perspectives de recherche “un enfant presque ordinaire” : sujet médical, pédagogique, ou politique? Rencontre de compétences et définition des rôles dans les années 1800|
|2-4.09.2013||Body Knowledge: Medicine and the Humanities in Conversation The “Curable Abnormal” − a perfect object for a discipline in construction: Medico-pedagogical goals at the turn of the twentieth century in France|
|21-28.07.2013||24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Manchester Boundaries of Expertise, Boundaries of Responsibility in the Care of Deaf Pupils in Nineteenth-Century France|
|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|