New book – “Un regard pour entendre, Sourds et surdité dans l’Occident du Bas Moyen-Âge (XIIIe-XVe siècles)”, by Thomas Rodot, pub. by l’Harmattan

La surdité au Moyen Âge est marquée par l’absence d’une étude d’ampleur, ce qui facilite la diffusion de stéréotypes dépeignant des sourds stigmatisés et des sociétés intolérantes. L’objectif de cet ouvrage est de répondre à cette carence, de déconstruire les visions fantasmées et de nourrir les réflexions sur un sujet encore méconnu. Quels sont les causes et les remèdes attribués à la surdité ? Comment les sourds sont-ils perçus et quels comportements sont entretenus à leur égard ? De quels droits bénéficient-ils et à quels interdits doivent-ils faire face ? Par l’étude des discours médicaux, religieux et juridiques, l’ouvrage explore les représentations et les réalités des sourds afin d’évaluer leur intégration dans les sociétés occidentales de la fin du Moyen Âge.

  • Date de publication : 24 août 2022
  • Broché – format : 15,5 x 24 cm • 242 pages
  • ISBN : 978-2-14-028450-2
  • EAN13 : 9782140284502
  • EAN PDF : 9782140284519
  • (Imprimé en France)

More information on the editor’s website

New book – “Santità femminile e disturbi mentali fra Medioevo ed età moderna”, Mattia Zangari, ed. Laterz, 2022

L’analisi del complesso rapporto fra santità femminile, isteria e altri disturbi mentali fra Medioevo ed età moderna: questo l’importante e affascinante oggetto di cui tratta questo libro. Si indaga se le estatiche, le visionarie e più in generale le mistiche – sante, beate o venerabili –, lungi dall’essere in preda a estasi e visioni, fossero in realtà affette da disturbi della personalità e del comportamento. Attraverso una rigorosa analisi delle fonti, l’autore osserva da vicino il comportamento delle donne mistiche con la lente del moderno codice medico e arriva a concludere che la loro condotta può essere spesso ricollegata a standard e profili patologici più o meno documentabili. Un complesso e articolato lavoro di ‘intersezione’ di fonti agio-biografiche (cronache monastiche, diari, relazioni inedite, resoconti nosografici dei medici coevi alle mistiche censite) e iconografiche (statuette e oggetti devozionali), documenti poco noti ma attendibili e assai convincenti.

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Mattia Zangari

Mattia Zangari nel 2016 ha conseguito il diploma di perfezionamento (PhD) in Discipline filologiche e linguistiche moderne presso la Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, in cotutela con la Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität di Monaco di Baviera. È stato in seguito assegnista di ricerca all’Università di Firenze e borsista presso centri di ricerca in Italia e all’estero. Nel 2019 ha vinto la prestigiosa borsa MarieSkłodowska Curie, svolgendo attività di ricerca fra Città del Vaticano (Pontificia Università Urbaniana) e Venezia (Università Ca’ Foscari). Si occupa di santità e di mistica femminile dal Medioevo all’età moderna, della morfologia della rappresentazione nelle agio-biografie delle donne e del rapporto fra mistiche, visioni e iconografia. Ha pubblicato una monografia e saggi su riviste internazionali.

CFP – ICMS Kalamazoo – Roundtable on Medieval Disability, Modern Ableism, org. by Alison Purnell

Roundtable Session for ICMS 2023
May 11-13

With the growth of disability as an area of interest for medievalists, it is imperative for scholars to interrogate their assumptions around ability, disability, normativity, monstrousness, and embodiment, Traditional modes of scholarly conversation are frequently inaccessible to those with somatic learning, and sensory sables. Writing about disability without engaging our implicit biases can result in ahistorical and inaccurate scholarship {that perpetuates harm within academia and in public outreach.

‘This roundtable invites conversation about ableism within medieval disability studies in an effort to increase awareness that the disabled “them” often include “us”

Topics for discussion may include any aspect of how ableism impacts medieval disability Scholarship, from the specific to the conceptual, including but not limited to:

  • addressing ableism in past scholarship
  • writing within an anti-ableism framework
  • access issues faced by students, instructors, and/or faculty
  • widening access creatively
  • scholarship that is inaccessible to the population it discusses
  • Sensitivity reading

Scholars who identify as disabled are particularly encouraged to participate and priority will be given to disabled voices, but non-disabled scholars are also welcome.

Individual speakers are requested to prepare 8-10 minute talk, which will be followed by
open discussion. This session has been awarded one of the “hybrid” session slots with the
recognition that disabled scholars may face extra barriers to participation in person, Please
indicate in Your proposal whether you expect to present in person or remotely

Please submit proposals by Sept 15, 2022 via the ICMS Confex proposal portal at

For questions or further information, contact Alison Purnell (

CFP – IMC Leeds 2023 – Disease in the Medieval Islamicate World, org. by Monica H. Green & Nahyan Fancy

The field of infectious disease studies has been transformed in the past decade because findings from palaeogenetics (aDNA) have allowed questions to move beyond “What was the disease?” to highly nuanced studies of disease transmission, mortality estimates, and zoonotic connections.

While at the moment, no pathogen aDNA has yet come from the medieval Islamicate world, scholars are rediscovering the wealth of evidence for the experience of plague and other infectious diseases throughout the medieval period. Moreover, because of its geography and central role in networks of trade, not to mention the extraordinary wealth of its medical tradition | and pharmaceutical capacity, the Islamicate world is central in every respect to studies of pre-modern Global Health.

The last general survey on the Black Death in the Islamicate world was published 45 years ago. Other diseases have never received any monographic treatment at all. In the midst of our own new pandemic, it is time for new understandings to be brought together.

This panel takes a “global” approach to the history of infectious diseases, placing the experiences of the Islamicate world at the center of Afro-Eurasian networks that circulated people, products, and pathogens. It will gather scholars working on any aspect of infectious disease histories, with special focus on the First and Second Plague Pandemics.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, any of the following:

  • Newly discovered or edited texts on plague or other infectious diseases
  • Commentaries and paratexts of plague treatises, showing their continued uses
  • Networks of discourse within and beyond the Islamicate world that shared information about medicine or disease events
  • Biographical approaches that set the medical writings or practices of individuals into larger intellectual frameworks
  • Routes and roads: networks of trade that contributed to infectious disease proliferation
  • Social impacts of epidemics
  • Infectious diseases in medical historiography: why we tell the stories that we tell

Joint presentations are welcome, even encouraged, as a way to expand our comparative understanding of disease networks.

IMC 2023 is currently planning to offer hybrid options; please indicate on your abstract whether you plan to attend in person or virtually.

Please send a 250-word abstract by 15 September 2022 to:

  • Monica H. Green, or
  • Nahyan Fancy (

Questions? Need bibliographical suggestions on the latest work in the field? Feel free to write.

CFP – IMC Leeds 2023 – Searching for Health and the Holy: Traces in Texts and Topography, org. by Ruth Salter, sponsor by The Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies


Sponsors: The Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, Department of History, University of Reading

Panel Abstract:

This/these panels seek to consider the ways in which connections could be built, and blurred, and what this meant in terms of understanding and experiencing the saintly and the prophetic. Abstracts are welcomed on any element that connects to health and/or the holy, including:

  • the spread and development of saints’ cults (textually, orally, culturally etc.)
    • pilgrimage and guidance for pilgrims/pilgrimage (especially in travel)
    • tracing signs/symbols of sanctity/pilgrimage through the landscape (e.g., in development of noble/religious networks)
    • journeys made by the saints themselves (real or meditative), and saintly networks/networking
  • networks of health and healthcare practice/belief good/bad omens in writing and in practice (e.g., brontology, astrology, medical etc.)
    • reading the signs of health and the search for ‘recovery’ (e.g., prognostics)
    • travel and trade in relation to health and medical practice monastic
    • hospitia (communal networks, locations on roads etc.)

If you would be interested in speaking on this panel/these panels, please email a short abstract (max. 200 words) and a brief biography to Ruth Salter (via no later than Friday 9 September (by the end of the working day).

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