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Katharine Park

Visiting Scholar (Sep 2018-Dec 2018)

PhD, Harvard University, Department of the History of Science

Katharine Park has taught at Wellesley College and Harvard University, where she is currently a Research Professor in the Department of the History of Science. She works broadly on the history of medieval and early modern science and medicine, and she is currently writing a book, co-authored with Ahmed Ragab, on the history of medieval Latin and Arabic science, 750–1650; this is intended for both a specialist and a non-specialist audience. Previous books include Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1150–1750 (1998), co-authored with Lorraine Daston, which won the Pfizer Prize of the History of Science Society; and Secrets of Women: Gender, Generation and the Origins of Human Dissection (2006), which won the William H. Welch Medal of the American Association of the History of Medicine and the Margaret W. Rossiter History of Women in Science Prize of the History of Science Society. Her most recent article is “Managing Childbirth and Fertility in Medieval Europe,” to be included in Reproduction: Antiquity to the Present Day, edited by Nicholas Hopwood, Rebecca Flemming, and Lauren Kassell (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018). In 2016 she was awarded the Sarton Medal of the History of Science Society.

Projects

A New History of Medieval Science: Knowledge and Its Objects in Latin Europe and the Islamicate World, 750–1650

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Knowledge on the Move: Scientific Encounters in the Muslim and Christian Worlds, 500–1500

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Science and the Senses: Experience and Observation in Medieval Europe

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Scientific Observation in Medieval Europe

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Selected Publications

Park, K. (2015). Was there a Renaissance body? In R. Cooter, & C. Stein (Eds.), History of medicine. Vol. 2: Early modern medicine (pp. 35-47). London: Routledge.

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Park, K. (2015). Relics of a fertile heart: the 'autopsy' of Clare of Montefalco. In R. Cooter, & C. Stein (Eds.), History of medicine. Vol. 1: Ancient and medieval medicine (pp. 264-279). London: Routledge.

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Daston, L., & Park, K. (2006). Le meraviglie del mondo: mostri, prodigi e fatti strani dal medioevo all' illuminismo. Roma.

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Park, K. (2013). Medical practice. In D. C. Lindberg, & M. L. Shank (Eds.), The Cambridge history of science. Vol. 2. Medieval science (pp. 611-629). Cambridge [u.a.]: Cambridge University Press.

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