Border Cases

A workshop organized by CEFRES PhD Students Filip Herza, Magdalena Cabaj and Katalin Pataki

Time & Venue: from 2 to 5 pm at CEFRES library, Na Florenci 3
Language: English

Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images
A barber shaving a man who looks extremely fearful. Lithograph by L. Boilly after himself.
By: Louis-Léopold Boilly
Session I

Discussant: Sabine ARNAUD (Centre Alexandre Koyré, EHESS)

2.00: Filip Herza (Faculty of Humanities, Charles University – CEFRES): Faces of Normative Masculinity: Shaving Practices and the Popular Exhibitions of “Hairy Wonders” in the early 20th Century Prague

2:25: Magdalena Cabaj (Warsaw University / ENS Ulm – CEFRES): Dear Herculine, Dear Aaron: From the Angel to the Beast. On Two Cases of Hermaphroditic Writing

2:50: Discussion

— Coffee Break —

Session II


  • Veronika ČAPSKÁ (Department of Historical Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University)
  • Karel ČERNÝ (Institute for History of Medicine and Foreign Languages, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University)

3.30: Katalin Pataki (Central European University – CEFRES): Medical Expertise in Service of Joseph II’s Monastic Reforms’

3:55: Adam Mézes (Central European University): ‘Seen and Discovered’ – the Diagnosis of Vampirism in 1730-1750’s Habsburg Empire

4.20: Discussion