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The Quantification of Bodies

Organism, Health And Representation: From Renaissance to Big Data

28th-29th November 2019

Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra (FLUC)

Research & Development Unit, Institute for Philosophical Studies (IEF)

Deadline for proposals: 30th of July 2019

Keynote Speaker: Btihaj Ajana (King's College London)


As a discipline historically placed in the middle between natural sciences, technology, and art, medicine has always been sensitive to both theories and apparatuses able to provide it with quantification and a reshaping of the living body, as well as a practical possibility of operating on it.

This is why, in the era of the maximum growth of telecommunication, algorithmic information technology, and data-driven decision making, new forms of medical practice, and new alliances between medicine and technology are arising. Not without a continuity, in the discontinuity, with a Modern approach, which has progressively “translated” the living organism and the concept of “health” within a quantitative model.

The Congress is aimed at exploring the historical as well as the contemporary connections between “organism” and quantification, dealing with the following philosophical issues, which proposed papers are invited to touch upon (one or more):


1. Historical Issues (From the Renaissance to the 20th Century).

2. Contemporary Issues.

3. Reproducing Living Body and Health, Aesthetics Issues.

See the CFP section for more information.

WORKING LANGUAGES OF THE COLLOQUIUM: Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, Italian.

All those interested in participating are invited to contact us through the email: as well as to visit Coimbra!