Programme – Disability and Religion, 10th Disease, Disability & Medicine in the Medieval World, Anniversary Annual Meeting, Swansea University 2-3 December 2016

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Disease, Disability & Medicine in the Medieval World

10th Anniversary Annual Meeting, Swansea University 2-3 December 2016

at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Disability and Religion

PROGRAMME

FRIDAY 2nd December

10:00 Welcome (Irina Metzler, Swansea University)

10:15-11:15 Opening Keynote Address

Responsibility, Sin, and Impairment in the Middle Ages

Wendy J. Turner (Augusta University)

11:15-12:45 Panel: Disabled Religious: Saints, Monks and Anchoresses

Moderator: Alicia Spencer-Hall

Disability or Super-ability? Saints’ Infirmities as a Tool for Constructing Sanctity

(Jenni Kuuliala, University of Tampere)

Deaf, Monks and Sign Language

(Yann Cantin, Université-Paris 8)

Ancrene Riwle: Disabling the Able, How Un-Medieval!

(Stan Booth, University of Winchester)

12:45-13:45 Lunch

13:45-14:40 Panel: Non-conformist Bodies

Moderator: Stan Booth

The Hun and the Hunchback

Mark Humphries (Swansea University)

‘Sumo michi baculum’: Problematizing the Purpose of ‘Walking Sticks’ in the Late Middle Ages

(Rachael Gillibrand, University of Leeds)

14:40-15:35 Panel: Miracles and Metaphors

Moderator: Ninon Dubourg

The Cure-Seeking Experiences of Disabled Children in Twelfth-Century English Miracula

(Ruth Salter, University of Reading)

A Double Absence: Cupid and Blind Lucy Reading John Donne’s ‘Nocturnal Upon St. Lucy’s Day, Being The Shortest Day’

(Chris Mounsey, University of Winchester)

15:35-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-16:50 Panel: Relevance of Digital Tools for Medieval Manuscript Studies

(Erin Connelly, University of Pennsylvania)

This panel will take the form of a presentation followed by a workshop inviting audience participation and discussion

SATURDAY 3rd December

9:15-10:45 Panel: Disability and Mental ‘Abnormality’

Moderator: Wendy Turner

Graeco-Latin Medical Learning in an Early Irish Pseudo-Etymology of Boicmell ‘Fool’

(Anna Matheson, Centre de recherche bretonne et celtique, Rennes)

The Holy Fool and the Madman: When was Mental Abnormality a Disability?

(Claire Trenery, Royal Holloway, University of London)

Skiptingr, Congeon and Wehselkind: Exploring the Medieval Discourse on Changelings and Idiocy through Vernacular Insults

(Rose Sawyer, University of Leeds)

10:45-11:05 Coffee Break

11:05-12:00 Panel: Disability and Leprosy

Moderator: Trish Skinner

Disability and Ability within the Leper Houses of Medieval Normandy

(Elma Brenner, Wellcome Library)

Redeemed by a Good Death!

(Timothy Jones, University of Cardiff)

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-13:55 Panel: Disability in the Earlier Middle Ages

Moderator: Christina Lee

Finding Disability in Early Medieval Sources: The Case of Bishop Æthelwold of Winchester

(Alison Hudson, The British Library)

A Disabled Corpse – An Exploration of the Potential Significance of an Anglo Saxon Burial Cluster from Great Chesterford, Essex

(Stephanie Evelyn-Wright, University of Southampton)

13:55-14:50 Panel: ‘Alien’ Disability

Moderator: Irina Metzler

‘A horse ought to be held dear due to its goodness; because one should desire goodness over beauty’: Utility, Disfigurement, and Occupational Health in Later Medieval Horse Medicine

(Sunny Harrison, University of Leeds)

Mohammed the Epileptic: Religious Propaganda in the Middle Ages

(Hillary Burgardt, Swansea University)

14:50-15:05 Coffee Break

15:05-16:00 Panel: Periodization in Disability History: A Roundtable

Participants:

David Turner (Swansea University, panel co-ordinator and chair)

Trish Skinner (Swansea University)

Bianca Frohne (Universität Bremen)

Daniel Blackie (University of Oulu)

16:00-16:35 Concluding Keynote Address

Disease, Disability and Medicine: Past, Present and Future(s)

Christina Lee (University of Nottingham)

16:35-16:45 Closing Remarks

Many thanks to the organiser of this year, Irina Metzler.


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