News & Events

News & Events


A selection of poems now online, here.

Essay for Aeon How Evil Happens to be anthologized in the forthcoming, 16th edition of the Norton Reader

“Where Does It Start: an historical and anthropological perspective on cultures, selves, and disciplines”: paper to be given at conference in Porto, Portugal, on Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies: Fragmentation of Cognition, 24-26 October 2019


“The self in health and illness: stories and histories from the neurological clinic and the neuroscientific front”, talk at Educating the Whole Physician, the inaugural conference of a new program in “Medicine and the Liberal Arts” at the University of Notre Dame, 4-6 April, 2019

Dissecting the Visceral Body, Across Time and Disciplines, discussion chair at workshop organised by Manos Tsakiris and Fay Bound Alberti at the Warburg Institute, London, 1 March 2019

Mind and Body Across Time and Disciplines, discussant at workshop organized by Ohad Nachtomy at the Institut des Etudes Avancées, Paris, 23-24 January 2019

"Sous la peau”, talk at the Nuit de la philosophie, UNESCO, Paris, 16 November 2018

The Three Souls: Interdisciplinary conference convened along with Justin E. H. Smith, under the aegis of Paris 7/Sphere, at the Columbia University Global Center at Reid Hall, Paris, 5-6 October 2018. View a summary here.

Guest on Signes des Temps, a radio show on France Culture hosted by writer Marc Weitzmann, to discuss #MeToo.

Equilibre, Humeurs, Harmonie: Talk at XXIVèmes Assises Nationales de la Fédération Nationale des Enseignants du Yoga, Troyes, May 2017 

Professional Vices in Modern Medicine: Workshop convened by philosopher Quassim Cassam, Warwick University, February 2017 

Humours in the Age of Neuroscience: Presentation to residents at Neurology Department (guest of Dr. Anand Viswanathan), Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, December 2015

Histoires de coeur: Humeurs, esprit et cerveau de la Grèce antique à la médecine moderne: Presentation to residents at Cardiology Department (guest of Dr. Stéphane Manzo-Silberman), Hôpital Lariboisière, Paris, 2015  

Arts, Emotions, and Liberal Arts: A talk at the History & Theory Department of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel, 25 December 2013.  

Passions and Tempers: A discussion with Giovanni Frazzetto at SoHo House Berlin, 28 June 2013  

Humoural Bodies and Balanced Minds: Keynote lecture at conference Situating Mental Illness: Between Scientific Certainty and Personal Narrative, Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICI), Berlin, 28-29 April 2011 

A New Republic of Letters? Talk at conference on Global Humanities convened by Gloria Origgi, Italian Cultural Institute, New York, 27 May 2010 

The New Biology and the Self: Panelist along with Steven Pinker and Melvin Konner. Tufts Center for the Humanities, Boston, MA, 5 November 2009. Listen here

Humours in the Age of Neuroscience: Talk at Tufts Center for the Humanities, Boston, MA, 4 November 2009 

Passions and TempersTalks@Google, Google Campus, Mountain View, CA, 2 April 2009                          

Humoural Passions and Patient Care: Talk at Institute for the History of Psychiatry (Department of Psychiatry), Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York City, 15 October 2008

Guest of Lewis Lapham on “The World in Time” to speak about Passions and Tempers, Bloomberg Radio, broadcast 7 July 2008  

Wine, Body, Soul: Talk at 3rd International Conference on the Philosophy of Wine, University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo (Piemonte, Italy),  30-31 May 2008  

Humeurs, Esprits, Cerveau: Seminar at NaSH group, Institut Jean Nicod, Ecole Normale, Paris, 5 May 2008

Humours in the age of neuroscience: “Science and Society Forum Lecture”, EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory), Monterotondo (Rome), 21 March 2008

Guest of Melvyn Bragg on In Our TimeThe Four Humours, BBC Radio 4, broadcast live on 20 December 2007

Just Life in a Nutshell: Humours as Common Sense: Talk at symposium convened along with Gloria Origgi on “Folk Epistemologies”, Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Columbia University, New York, 26 October 2007

On Secularism: An online conference convened along with Gloria Origgi and for Italian journal Micromega, 2007

Text-e: An online conference about the impact of Internet on texts, conceived by and convened along with Gloria Origgi, under the aegis of the Bibliothèque Publique d’Information of the Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2001-2002