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Physiognomy at the Crossroads of Magic, Science, and the Arts
The symposium will examine how the study of a person’s facial features and expressions, as indicative of ethnicity or character, has evolved from the crossroads of magic, religion, and primitive medicine to our present-day preoccupation with wellness and beauty. The presentations will follow a chronological and intertwining sequence to encompass physiognomic expressions in art, literature, spirituality, science, philosophy, and cultural studies.
A symposium organized by Professor Massimo Ciavolella (ELTS & Comparative Literature, UCLA) Professor Emerita Valeria Finucci (Romance Studies, Duke University), and doctoral candidate Megan Tomlinson (ELTS, UCLA).
The event is dedicated to the memory of Rinaldo Canalis, Emeritus Professor of Otolaryngology in the UCLA Department of Head and Neck Surgery.