Session 45: “Medical Technologies and Listening to the Body”

Session 45 of our seminar will take place on Tuesday 21 February 2017 at the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 (Bâtiment Olympes de Gouges, salle 347, 17h30-19h30).

Dr. Melissa Dickson (University of Oxford) will give a paper entitled “Medical Technologies and Listening to the Body.” Her respondent will be Dr. Sophie Vasset (Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7).

L0058191 Diorama showing René Laennec examining a patient at the Neck

Diorama showing René Laennec examining a patient at the Necker Hospital, England, made c. 1945-1960, Science Museum, London.

We will work with extracts from the following texts:

– Michel Foucault, The Birth of the Clinic, trans. A.M. Sheridan (London: Routledge, 1978), pp. 159-170. foucault_birth-of-clinic
– Jonathan Sterne, ‘Mediate Auscultation, the Stethoscope, and the “Autopsy of the Living”: Medicine’s Acoustic Culture, Journal of Medical Humanities, 22.1 (2001): 115-136. (pp. 130-135). sterne_mediate-ausculation
– Oliver Wendell Holmes, ‘The Stethoscope Song; A Professional Ballad’, The Poems of Oliver Wendell Holmes (Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1862), pp. 182-5. wendell-holmes_stethoscope-song


The seminar takes place at 5.30pm the following address: salle 347, Bâtiment “Olympe-de-Gouges”, 8 place Paul-Ricoeur, 75013, métro/RER Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand.

All are welcome!


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