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NC German Studies: Alice Kuzniar lecture on Homeopathy & Romanticism

Alice Kuzniar (University of Waterloo): "Romanticism: The Unexamined Life Force of Homeopathy"

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ALICE KUZNIAR is a professor at the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of Waterloo and a scholar of German romanticism, cinema, literary and cultural theory, women, gender and queer studies, as well as animal studies. She is the author of three monographs: Delayed Endings: Nonclosure in Novalis and Hölderlin (1987), The Queer German Cinema (2000), and Melancholia's Dog: Reflections on Our Animal Kinship (2006) and one anthology: Outing Goethe and His Age (1996).

Introduction and moderation: Richard Langston (UNC-Chapel Hill)

 

The presentation will examine how the Romantic science of homeopathy, founded by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), is grounded in the intellectual and aesthetic cross-currents of the day. Around 1800 scientists, philosophers, and poets alike believed in a life force uniting all of nature.  Homeopathy lives on today as the most important legacy of this tradition of a harmonic symbiosis with nature. Notwithstanding its popularity, however, its place in the history of ideas has been brushed aside not only by its practitioners but also by literary, cultural, and medical historians; its intellectual, indeed, poetic groundings have been largely forgotten or even ignored.  The talk will contextualize Hahnemann in his time and underscore the importance of the Romantic literary field to this momentous chapter in the history of science and medicine.

Time: 5:00-7:00 pm (Refreshments and drinks will be served after the seminar)
UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall,  Chapel Hill
 

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