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CALL. 12.01.2017: From Past to Present: Natural Cosmetics Unwrapped - London (England)




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Royal Pharmaceutical Society (London, England)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: The University of Oxford; the University of Glasgow; Keele University. With the support of the Art and Humanities Research Council (Science in Culture).

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For thousands of years, cosmetic products have been made with a range of minerals and organic substances. With the development of long distance commercial routes, the diversity of cosmetics increased drastically during antiquity. In the last few centuries, many such cosmetics have been produced, marketed, and distributed by the cosmetic industry with classical influences. For example, the recipes of medical writers such as Hippocrates and Galen were sources of inspiration. Mythological and historical figures such as Hygieia and Cleopatra also appeared prominently on the packaging and advertising. Today, some cosmetics are still produced exclusively with natural substances and their advertisements sometimes refer to ancient times. This conference will offer an opportunity to approach cosmetics from an interdisciplinary perspective, incorporating elements from the disciplines of classics, ancient history, archaeology, bioarchaeology, pharmacy and pharmacology. Subject areas covered include but is not limited to the following:

• Literary and documentary evidence for cosmetics in ancient and historical periods • Scientific analysis of ancient and historical cosmetics • Reception of ancient cosmetics in later historical periods and in the contemporary world • Experimental reconstruction of ancient and historical cosmetics If you would like to submit an abstract, please use the following information and style: Title (Arial, 11 point type, Bold, centred) Author name 1, Author name 2, the presenter’s name underlined (Arial, 11 point type, centred) 1 Author’s affiliation and full address: (Arial, 10 point type, centred, italicized) 2 Author’s affiliation and full address: (Arial, 10 point type, centred, italicized) Presenter’s telephone and e-mail address: 10 point type, centred, italicized Text of your abstract 200-300 words MAX (Arial, 10 point type) The duration of oral presentations is planned to be 20 minutes each + 5 minutes for questions. Posters can be A1 or A0, both with portrait orientation. Abstracts should be submitted before 12th January 2017 by email to Only .doc and .pdf are the acceptable file formats. More information about the conference can be found here: For those interested, a free workshop on natural cosmetics will also be organised at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society on the afternoon of Friday 16th of February. More information and tickets can be found here:

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