Healing, belief and placebo: Medical and religious plurality in late antiquity
International research seminar
University of Oslo, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Arts and Ideas
A group of international researchers are coming together for three days to discuss how we can use insights from modern medicine, sociology and anthropology on the placebo effect and apply them to a range of sources from Late Antiquity (300-800 C.E.) in order to refine the understanding of this period’s wide array of healing practices. The group consists of young scholars that have already made a mark on different disciplines, like the history of medicine, religion, ritual, magic, liturgy, and more, to facilitate a broader, more holistic understanding of healing than earlier studies have allowed. They will briefly introduce their respective fields and contributions and then lead reading-session on specific primary sources.
The seminar is funded by the Institute for Comparative Research in Human Culture