Martor No. 20 / Year 2015

Breaking Down the Body and Putting It Back: Structuring Knowledge in the “Francisc I. Rainer” Anthropological Collection

Author: Alexandra Ion

About the author:

Alexandra Ion
Institute of Anthropology “Francisc I. Rainer” of the Romanian Academy
E-mail: alexandraion.archae at gmail dot com

Pages: 25-50

Keywords: anthropological collection, Francisc I. Rainer, interwar period, Bucharest, body

Normal bodies, deviant bodies, fragmentary, drawn or photographed bodies: all of these were collected and turned into scientiic specimens by the anat- omist and physical anthropologist Francisc I. Rainer in Interwar Bucharest (Romania). It is the purpose of this study to explore how this collection came into being, to understand Rainer’s treatment of bodies in a wider disciplinary context and ultimately to prompt relection on the ethical dimension of such endeavours.

How to cite this article:

Ion, Alexandra. 2015. “Breaking Down the Body and Putting It Back: Structuring Knowledge in the Francisc I. Rainer Anthropological Collection.” Martor 20: 25-50.

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