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Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD 21218-2625)
Elizabeth O'Brien (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Altina Hoti (Co Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Translation and Critical Edition of Francesco Emanuele Cangiamila's Embriología Sacra

Preparation for publication of a translation and critical edition of Francesco Emanuele Cangiamila’s Embriología Sacra (1751). (24 months)

A group of six scholars proposes to produce the first English-language translation and critical edition of Embriologia Sacra (1751), authored by Jesuit priest and Inquisitor Francesco Emanuele Cangiamila. Sacred Embryology is one of the most important Enlightenment-era texts on fetal personhood in the Catholic world. It inspired more than a century of similar works, abridgements, and translations. These works were widely distributed, especially throughout Latin America. It also directly influenced the Catholic Church’s position on fetal ensoulment, as articulated in Pius IX’s 1869 Apostolicae Sedis. With this text, Cangiamila became one of the first theologians—and certainly the most vocal of his time—to insist that fetal ensoulment might occur as early as conception. We expect that the volume will attract readers and researchers from numerous fields, given the work’s significance to Roman Catholic theology, gendered scientific practice, and social and legal debates about unborn life.

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Project fields:
History, Other

Scholarly Editions and Translations

Research Programs

$215,481 (approved)
$215,481 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2022