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Incarnate Transitions: cases of female possession, ecstasy and hysterical suffering as dealt with by the Jesuits and medicine (18th-19th centuries)


The research focuses on the simultaneous occurrence of several “extraordinary events” during the pontificates of Pius VII and Gregory XVI (1814-1846) in various parts of Catholic Europe. Starting from analysis of certain case histories, the research will consider reactions in the disciplines traditionally meant to deal with the convulsive, namely demonology and medicine, trying to reveal points of change and points of continuity. Particular attention will be paid to the attitude of the refounded Company of Jesus towards such phenomena. The Italian and German worlds will be viewed from a comparative perspective.

Saturday, January 1, 2011 to Tuesday, December 31, 2013