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The Athens Dialogues - An International Conference on Culture and Civilization


Medical Humanities

Wednesday February 26th, 2014 | Onassis Cultural Centre

9:30 Registration

The colloquium was coordinated by Professor George Babiniotis,
Former Dean of the University of Athens

10.00-13.00 1st Session

Thanassis Fokas
Professor, Nonlinear Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge/ Καθηγητής, Πανεπιστήμιο του Cambridge
Neuroscience and Humanities: Reflections on Ancient Athens and Vienna at fin de siècle

Eileen Gillooly
Associate Director of the Heyman Center for the Humanities and Society of Fellows, Adjunct Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Columbia University
Medical Humanities and the University Humanities Center

Neni Panourgia
Adjunct Associate Professor of Classics; Fellow, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Classics, Columbia University
Epistemological Quandaries in Medical Humanities. Crossing Anthropology, Bioethics, Philosophy

12.00-12.30 Coffee Break

Stefanos Geroulanos
Professor of Surgery, University of Zurich
f. Professor of History of Medicine, University of Ioannina
President, International Hippocratic Foundation, Kos
Timeless values in the Hippocratic Oath

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 2nd Session


Dionysios Stathakopoulos
Lecturer in Byzantine Studies, King’s College London
Of plagues and people

Helen Skaltsa
Professor, University of Athens, School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacognosy & Chemistry of Natural Products
Combination of Byzantine medical manuscripts with experimental and in silico tools in the application of pharmaceutical medications

Maria Chroni
Byzantine Studies, Phd, University of Athens, National Hellenic Research Foundation
The Development of the Medical Beliefs in Byzantine World during the 9th Century. Medicine: Craftsmanship or Science?

15.30 Break

16.00-17.30 3rd Session


Roy Ascott
President of the Planetary Collegium and DeTao Master of Technoetic Art, DeTao Masters Academy Shanghai
Remedial rhizomes: medicine, media, and mind

Juan Carlos Toro Lecaros
Theater Director, Actor, Researcher and PhD Candidate, Theater Studies, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, (UAB), Spain
Meta-theatre and mirror neurons

Anna Hatziyiannaki
Art Historian, President of Artopos NPO for Art and Technology
BIO ART : The design of Evolution

17.30-18.00 Break

18.00-19.30 4th Session


Dionysis Goutsos
Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Philology, School of Philosophy University of Athens
Mapping the semantic field of disease in Greek

James Whitehead
Lecturer in Medical Humanities and English, King’s College London
Autobiography, authenticity, and the medical humanities

Ioanna Soufleri
Biology, Phd, Journalist Lambrakis Press Group
Doctors and the Press: moral issues