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dc.contributor.authorHopwood, Nick
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-12T00:30:05Z
dc.date.available2019-03-12T00:30:05Z
dc.date.issued2019-09-13
dc.identifier.issn2058-850X
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/290425
dc.description.abstractRetirement can be a significant period in modern academic careers, and emeritus professors have shaped the fates of collections in departments and disciplines. This is evidenced by reconstructing the meanings of Alfred Benninghoff's remarkable memoir of Ferdinand Count Spee, sometime director of the anatomical institute in the University of Kiel. Thematizing the 'tragedy' of the emeritus, Benninghoff's 1944 article recalls his predecessor's possessive interactions with his collections as these approached assorted endings. With nostalgia and humour, it places the old aristocrat physically, intellectually and emotionally in a building that bombing would soon destroy. Benninghoff's Spee retained control over the microscope slides with which he engaged colleagues in conversations about research in embryology and physiological anatomy. He lost authority over the teaching charts and wet preparations, but still said a long farewell to these things; he tried, like a conductor alone after a concert, to recapture an experience he had once shared. The elegy is interpreted as apologetic about anatomy under National Socialism, and as offering a model of collegiality. It illustrates how collections have mediated relations between scientific generations at the end of a career.
dc.format.mediumPrint
dc.languageeng
dc.publisherCambridge University Press (CUP)
dc.rightsAll Rights Reserved
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dc.titleThe tragedy of the emeritus and the fates of anatomical collections: Alfred Benninghoff's memoir of Ferdinand Count Spee.
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage194
prism.publicationDate2019
prism.publicationNameBJHS Themes
prism.startingPage169
prism.volume4
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.37652
dcterms.dateAccepted2019-03-04
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1017/bjt.2019.3
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2019-09
dc.contributor.orcidHopwood, Nick [0000-0001-7069-7497]
dc.identifier.eissn2056-354X
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
pubs.funder-project-idWellcome Trust (088708/Z/09/Z)
cam.issuedOnline2019-09-13
cam.orpheus.successMon Jun 08 08:19:09 BST 2020 - The item has an open VoR version.
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