Judit Takács gives an online lecture at the seminar of SAMSON (Sciences, Arts, Medicine and Social Norms) of the University of Sorbonne on March 19

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The details on the online presentation can be found here: https://samson.hypotheses.org/activities%E2%8F%90activites/seminar%E2%8F%90seminaire

About the SAMSON seminar: 

The launching seminar of SAMSON (Sciences, Arts, Medicine and Social Norms) research program deals with the construction of social norms as originated from the dialogues between the fields of arts, literature, medicine and sciences in Central Europe and Russia from the 18th century onwards.

Through an interdisciplinary prism (history, philosophy, anthropology, art history, social psychology, literature, film studies), this seminar gives an occasion to gather researchers willing to bring their specific expertises and to think over the following working hypothesis: the evolution of social norms proceeds from the interactions between scientific and cultural inventions.

The research project, more precisely, aims identifying and studying shared vocabularies and imaginaries that emerged from that interactions, but also discourses and practices that were included into general debates about social norms: the impact of modernization, the influence of inventions and technics, the role of the individual, the structure of state power, gender roles, the structuring imprint of professional and amateur know-how, etc. A specific attention will be paid, for instance, to the manners used by literature to reflect and comment Western medical practices from the time of the Enlightenment in order to point out social and political issues, developing by their approach positive or more critical stands.

On a theoretical level, one of the key-issues of the seminar is thus to deconstruct concepts such as identity and deviancy, by grasping the breaks and the continuities through which they were formed according to the period and the region considered, namely to determine the scientific and cultural foundations, the ways they were implemented in the fields of law and politics (restrictions, prohibition, taboos), and the forms of artistic expression, through which they were constantly moulded and redefined.