ROAAr Book Club Presents | Show and Tell: The Secrets of Women / Montrer et raconter : les secrets des femmes

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 16:00to17:00
McLennan Library Building Rare Books and Special Collections, McLennan Library Building 4th floor, 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C9, CA

Virtual Event Description

Join local artist Caroline Boileau and McGill-trained historian Margaret Carlyle as they interact with a few of the Osler Library's new acquisitions (and some older ones!) in an attempt to demystify medical history. Through this feminist dialogue of discovery, you'll gain a unique perspective on traditional historical resources: one that demystifies the female body while dissecting a series of medical historical works.

About the Speakers: 

Margaret Carlyle, Assistant Prof. History, UBC Okanagan. Former recipient of the Osler Library's Dr. Edward H. Bensley Travel Grant and the Mary Louise Nickerson Travel Grant. An historian of science, medicine, and technology with specialization in early modern France in both European and global contexts. Margaret’s current research focuses on women’s role in the formation of scientific knowledge—as experimentalists, artisans, and translators.

Caroline Boileau, 2018 Michèle Larose-Osler Library Artist-in-Residence. Working from a feminist perspective, with a specific interest in health issues - intimate, public, social and political - Caroline creates artworks, often hybrid, which are developed through a multidisciplinary practice using installation, drawing, video and performance. The hybrid body, the multiple representations of the body – woman’s body in particular - is a recurring theme in her research, inspired by the history of art, the history of medicine, science and also the news.

About ROAAr Book Club:

Engage with new ideas every month with ROAAr’s Book Club. Join staff and guests to exchange ideas inspired by the treasures in the collections. Our collections are rich and varied, which means that the topics will vary from month to month - join us as we talk books, artworks, printing techniques, and more.

All are welcome.

This event is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada

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