Both the aesthetics and the workings of the human body were key themes of the eighteenth-century European Enlightenment. This is, therefore, an ideal topic with which to launch our new interdisciplinary research centre, the Centre for Enlightenment Studies @ King's, which brought together our expertise in this area across a wide range of departments, and will build on our close relationship with the Enlightenment Gallery curatorial team at the British Museum.
This event explored the importance of the human body to Enlightenment life and thought with:
Athena Leoussi, University of Reading, Co-director of European Studies, and author of Nationalism and Classicism: The Classical Body as National Symbol in Nineteeth-Century England and France' (1998).
Simon Schaffer Professor of History of Science, University of Cambridge and TV presenter of mechanical marvels and clockwork dreams, a recent programme for BBC 4.
Anna Maerker, Senior Lecturer in History of Medicine, King's College London, author of Model Experts : Wax Anatomies and Enlightenment in Florence and Vienna, 1775-1815 (2011)
Image provided by the British Museum