“Dissecting Conjoined Twins and Interpreting 'Monstrous' Births in Colonial Lima, Peru”

“Dissecting Conjoined Twins and Interpreting 'Monstrous' Births in Colonial Lima, Peru”

Dr. Adam Warren, Department of History, University if Washington

“Dissecting Conjoined Twins and Interpreting 'Monstrous' Births in Colonial Lima, Peru”

This talk examines the birth of conjoined twins and their dissection in 1694 in Lima, Peru to question how the city's doctors, natural philosophers, and religious and government officials made sense of "monstrosities" and articulated understandings of their significance in the New World. As part of the project, it compares how their views differed from those of their counterparts in the Old World, whose various popular and elite publications have been studied intensively by scholars over the past forty years.

Sponsored by: UCI Illuminations, Humanities Core, Latin American Studies, History Department

 

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