The Galen Project


23 - 25 September 2021

Galen Conference September 2021

It is almost time: in the context of the Galen project an international conference will be held in Utrecht from Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 September 2021. Invited scholars will present papers in such areas as Galen’s physiology/anatomy, the soul-body relationship, ethics/moral psychology, cosmology and religion, as well as what these different perspectives on human nature mean in terms of (sub)discipline-formation. The Arabic tradition concerned with Galen’s work will be represented too.

List of Speakers and Subjects:

Aistė Čelkytė (Utrecht): ‘Taking Bodies Apart and Putting Them Back Together Again: The Foundational Unity of Galen’s Physiology.’

Riccardo Chiaradonna (Roma Tre): ‘Galen and human health: the question of the latitude of forms.’

Aileen Das (Michigan): ‘Regimen for a Cosmic Prince: Timaean Pediatrics in San.Tu. 1.’

Julien Devinant (Paris, Sorbonne): ‘Galen’s Physiology of Powers.’

Philip van der Eijk (Humboldt-Berlin): ‘Medical and Philosophical Approaches to Fever in Galen and (Pseudo?)Alexander of Aphrodisias.’

Christopher Gill (Exeter): ‘Galen on the place of humans in nature and modern environmental ethics.’

Jim Hankinson (Austin TX): ‘E pluribus unum: Galen and the sources of desire.’

Matyáš Havrda (Prague) ‘Persuasive premisses in Galen’s physiology’

Brooke Holmes (Princeton) ‘Hippocratic’ Sympathy and Galen’s Philosophy of Nature.’

David Kaufman (Transylvania Univ. Lexington KT): ‘Galen on Moral Education and its Limitations.’

Inna Kupreeva (Edinburgh): ‘Galen on Psychic Pneuma.’

Orly Lewis (Hebrew Univ. Jerusalem): ‘New Perspectives on Galen’s Dissections.’

Peter Singer (London):  ‘Soul, substance, brain: conceptual and physical distinctions in Galen’s physiological psychology.’

Chiara Thumiger (Kiel): Localising the localisation of phrenitis in De Locis Affectis.

Julia Trompeter (Utrecht): ‘Virtuous Strength and Sheer Madness: Galen on the Spirited Part of the Soul.’

Robert Vinkesteijn (Utrecht): ‘Galen’s interpretation of the river-metaphor from the Timaeus.

Elvira Wakelnig (Vienna): ‘The polysemous term ‘nature’ in the Arabic Galen.’

James Wilberding (Berlin): ‘Galen’s embryology.’


Those interested in the conference can send their questions in an email to Nikè van Wijck: