The Hendrick’s Lecture Series

“It is true, the spoken word enlightens both the spirit and the soul. Indeed, the HENDRICK’S Master Distiller can often be heard talking at length to her ‘two little sweeties’ – the delightful and peculiarly small copper pot stills from which the most unusual gin flows.”

CONGRESS FOR CURIOUS PEOPLES – LONDON

EDITION

11am – 5:30 pm Saturday 8th September 2012   A one day symposium featuring a host of scholars, writers, and practitioners exploring in panels, illustrated lectures and discussion the intersections explored by the exhibition “Ecstatic Raptures and Immaculate Corpses: Visions of Death Made Beautiful.” Themes discussed will include enchantment and enlightenment, or the sublimation of the magical into the rational world; the secret life of objects, or the non-rational allure of objects and the psychology of collecting; and beautiful death and incorruptible bodies, or the shared drive to immortalize the human body and aestheticize death in both medicine and Catholicism.  

11-12:      

Introduction by Moderator Joanna Ebenstein Keynote panel: Enchantment and Enlightenment (20 minute presentations followed by moderated discussion) Moderated by Joanna Ebenstein         •        David L. Martin, Curious Visions of Modernity: Enchantment, Modernity and the Sacred         •        Simon Werrett, Fireworks: Pyrotechnic Arts and Sciences in European History  

12-1: Lunch

 

1-2:30 The Secret Life of Objects: The Allure of Objects and the Psychology of Collecting (20 minute presentations followed by moderated discussion)

Moderated by Ross MacFarlane,  Wellcome Library                   •        Ross MacFarlane, Wellcome Library         •        Petra Lange-Berndt, Cultures of Preservation. The Afterlife of Specimens between Art and Science since the Eighteenth Century         •        Kate Forde, Wellcome Collection  

2:30-3:00 break

 

3:00-5:30 Beautiful Death and Incorruptible Bodies: Eternal Life and aestheticized death in medicine and Catholicism

(15 minute presentations followed by moderated discussion) Moderated by John Troyer, Center for Death and Society, University of Bath              •        Eleanor Crook, Wax artist         •        John Troyer, Center for Death and Society, University of Bath            •        Gemma Angel, PhD Student ad UCL History of Art         •        Anna Maerker, Model Experts: Wax Anatomies and Enlightenment in Florence and Vienna, 1775–1815         •        Simon Chaplin, Wellcome Library           •        Sigrid Sarda, Wax artist

        •         William Edwards , The Gordon Museum

The Last Tuesday Society is honoured to house this exhibition and lecture series cultivated in collaboration with Joanna Ebenstein of the rightfully venerated ‘Morbid Anatomy’ Library, Museum & Blog.

Talks at 11 Mare Street – please click here to buy tickets