CFC – A forum on Early Modern Women’s Dis/Abilities (fall 2020) – Completed essays of 3500 words published in Early Modern Women



In this forum, which will appear in Fall 2020, we hope to explore the gendered construction of ability and disability, broadly defined, including historically embodied experiences, literary productions, material culture, and artistic representations. We are particularly interested in contributions that explore the gendered experience and representation of women’s non-normative bodies and minds.
We are not interested in institutional or systemic disability, including economic, social, legal or educational disabilities, except as they pertain to the above discussions.
We are requesting completed essays of 3500 words including footnotes by October 1. Decisions about publication, including requests to revise, will be made soon after this deadline. We would appreciate a brief notice of intention to contribute to the editors prior to your submission.

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CFC – History, Medicine and Health. Thematic collection on “Nutrition”.

History, Medicine and Health. Thematic collection on “Nutrition”.
Deadline for submissions: 10 October 2019.
One of the two 2020 issues of the History, Medicine and Health journal will be devoted to a thematic collection on nutrition from a social and cultural perspective relevant to the scientific focus of the journal.
For about twenty years, food has not only been considered in its economic and nutritional aspect, but it has also been regarded as “a cultural asset” (F. Braudel), thus becoming a real field of historical investigations allowing to understand a given society. More specifically, the prevalence of current debates on nutrition as related to health now highlights some stakes which raise new research challenges for historical analyses and which the journal will explore in this collection.
The nutrition-health relationship may be developed from different standpoints:
  • Public health: people’s responses to such problems as hygiene, the environment and food contamination are social indicators allowing to analyze the public authorities’ strategies and choices regarding their management of these issues.
  • Dietetics: this must be understood in the Hippocratic sense of the term, namely as eating habits that can ensure good health. Then comes the question of what can be considered dietetic, but also of what can jeopardize good health, namely food crises, malnutrition (under or over consumption) as well as eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia, for example).
  • The distribution of food products and processing techniques: this distribution can be economic, (within the frame of trade exchanges), but also cultural, (through the influences and / or transmission of the know-hows in food production, exploitation and uses). This question can lead on to the research challenges posed by the food industry and its effects.
  • Nutrition as an identity marker: eating habits are first of all social habits that can be inclusive and exclusive as well. Such social interactions may be studied through different categories, (social, cultural and ethnic ones), and different types of individuals, (men, women, children, old people).
  • Food symbolism: the incorporation principle, according to which he or she who eats ingests the properties of the products they swallow, is a clue allowing to understand rejections, taboos and the therapeutic uses of some foods.
The last two research tracks make it possible to open up reflections on nutrition as a means to claim a way of life. It will thus be possible to take some interest in ascetism and vegetarianism as well, in so far as the chosen diet partakes of a voluntary and thoughtful choice that is relevant to some ideology.
This nutrition collection aims to put forward both diachrony and synchrony. That is why it will welcome proposals spanning all historical times and all cultural and geographical spaces.
Submissions focusing on this topic but more devoted to the critical presentation of textual or iconographic sources may also be proposed for the “Sources and documents” section of the journal.
History, Medicine and Health publishes papers written in French, English or Spanish. The contribution proposals for the “Sources and documents” section can be submitted in any of these three languages, but the printed publication of these texts will be in their French translation exclusively: however, the digital version can be bilingual.
Submissions cannot exceed 45,000 characters, (spaces included), for papers, vs. 10,000 for the presentations of the sources texts.
They must be sent to Céline Barthonnat (celine.barthonnat [@]
For any scientific question concerning this call, you may contact Alexandra Kovacs (alexandra.kovacs [@], Hervé Guillemain (herve.guillemain [@] or Nahema Hanafi (nahema.hanafi [@]
Instructions to authors are available on the journal website at the following address:

New Book – Cultures of Healing. Medieval and After – Peregrine Horden by Routledge

This volume brings together for the first time an updated collection of articles exploring poverty, poor relief, illness, and health care as they intersected in Western Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, during a ‘long’ Middle Ages. It offers a thorough and wide-ranging investigation into the institution of the hospital and the development of medicine and charity, with focuses on the history of music therapy and the history of ideas and perceptions fundamental to psychoanalysis. 

The collection is both sequel and complement to Horden’s earlier volume of collected studies, Hospitals and Healing from Antiquity to the Later Middle Ages (2008). It will be welcomed by all those interested in the premodern history of healing and welfare for its breadth of scope and scholarly depth.

Table of Contents



  1. The World of the Hospital: Comparisons and Continuities
  2. Poverty, Charity, and the Invention of the HospitalThe Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity, ed. Scott Fitzgerald Johnson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 715-43
  3. The Earliest Hospitals in Byzantium, Western Europe, and IslamJournal of Interdisciplinary History, special issue ed. Mark Cohen, ‘Poverty and Charity: Judaism, Christianity, Islam’, 35:3 (2005), pp. 361–89
  4. Sickness and Healing [in the Christian World, 600–1100]The Cambridge History of Christianity, vol. 3: Early Medieval Christianities, c.600–c.1100,eds. Thomas F. X. Noble and Julia M. H. Smith (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), pp. 416–32
  5. The Late Antique Origins of the Lunatic Asylum?Transformations of Late Antiquity: Essays for Peter Brown, eds. Philip Rousseau and Emmanuel Papoutsakis (Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2009), pp. 259–78
  6. The Sick Family in the Early Middle Ages: The Evidence of Gregory of Tours, not previously published
  7. What’s Wrong with Early Medieval Medicine?Social History of Medicine, 24 (2011), pp. 5–25
  8. Cities within Cities: Early Hospital Foundations and Urban SpaceStiftungen zwischen Politik und Wirtschaft. Ein Dialog zwischen Geschichte und Gegenwart. Ed. Sitta von Reden, Historische Zeitschrift Beiheft No. 65 (München: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2015), pp. 157–75
  9. Alms and the Man: Hospital Founders in ByzantiumThe Impact of Hospitals 300–2000, eds. John Henderson, Peregrine Horden, and Alessandro Pastore (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2007), 59–76
  10. The Uses of Medical ManuscriptsMedical Books in the Byzantine World, ed. Barbara Zipser, Eikasmós: Quaderni Bolognesi di Filologia Classica, Studi Online 2 (Bologna, 2013),, pp. 1–6
  11. Medieval Hospital Formularies: Byzantium and Islam ComparedMedical Books in the Byzantine World, ed. Barbara Zipser, Eikasmós: Quaderni Bolognesi di Filologia Classica, Studi Online 2 (Bologna, 2013),, pp. 145–64
  12. A Context for Simon of Genoa’s Medical Dictionary (Clavis sanationis): Medicine at the Papal Court in the Later Middle AgesSimon of Genoa’s Medical Lexicon, ed. Barbara Zipser (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013),, pp. 15–29
  13. Small Beer? The Parish and the Poor and Sick in the Later Medieval EnglandThe Parish in Late Medieval England, eds. Clive Burgess and Eamon Duffy Harlaxton Medieval Studies 14 (Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2006), pp. 339–64
  14. Musical Solutions: Past and Present in Music TherapyMusic as Medicine: The History of Music Therapy since Antiquity, ed. Peregrine Horden (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000), pp. 4–40
  15. Paracelsus: Renaissance Music Therapy and its AlternativeMusic as Medicine: The History of Music Therapy since Antiquity, ed. Peregrine Horden (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000), pp. 147–53
  16. Aspects of Music Therapy in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Romanticism, the USA, Mesmerism, TheosophyMusic as Medicine: The History of Music Therapy since Antiquity, ed. Peregrine Horden (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000), pp. 315–37
  17. The Prehistory of Infant Sexualitynot previously published
  18. Thoughts of FreudFreud and the Humanities, ed. Peregrine Horden (London: Duckworth; Bristol Classical Press, 1985), pp. 1–25
  19. PandaemoniumDemons and Illness from Antiquity to the Early-Modern Period, eds. Siam Bhayro and Catherine Rider (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2017), pp. 412–18

About the Author

Peregrine Horden is Professor of Medieval History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is co-author, with Nicholas Purcell, of The Corrupting Sea (2000) and of both its forthcoming successor and a collection of supplementary studies entitled The Boundless Sea. He is also writing a global history of hospitals.

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New Book – Medieval Disability Sourcebook – edited by Cameron Hunt McNabb – Punctum Books – 2019

Contributors Danielle AllorMaura BaileyLucy BarnhouseAutumn BattistaPaul A. BroylesEliza BuhrerM.W. BychowskiKaren M. CookAshley CorlissLeigh Ann CraigEmma E. DuncanWill EggersHeide EstesJoshua R. EylerMoira FitzgibbonsAnne GalanaudPierre GalanaudRachael GillibrandEammon GosselinBrandon W. HawkÁrmann JakobssonKolfinna JónatansdóttirAnne M. KoenigRebecca LaughlinKara Larson MaloneyMandy Lowell AlbertCameron Hunt McNabbSara MollerFrank M. NapolitanoSarah Edwards ObenaufLeah Pope ParkerTory V. PearmanAlicia ProtzeAlison PurnellWill RogersMarit RonenRose A. SawyerJulie SingerKisha G. TracyKurt SchreyerShayne SimahkTaylor SpeckerAlyssa StantonJeffery G. StoyanoffKellyn Welch

The field of disability studies significantly contributes to contemporary discussions of the marginalization of and social justice for individuals with disabilities. However, what of disability in the past? The Medieval Disability Sourcebook explores what medieval texts have to say about disability, both in their own time and for the present.

This interdisciplinary volume combines historical records, medical texts, and religious accounts of saints’ lives and miracles, as well as poetry, prose, drama, and manuscript images to demonstrate the varied and complicated attitudes medieval societies had about disability. Far from recording any monolithic understanding of disability in the Middle Ages, these contributions present a striking range of voices—to, from, and about those with disabilities—and such diversity only confirms how disability permeated (and permeates) every aspect of life.

The Medieval Disability Sourcebook is designed for use inside the undergraduate or graduate classroom or by scholars interested in learning more about the field. Most texts are presented in modern English, though some are preserved in Middle English and many are given in side-by-side translations for greater study. Each entry is prefaced with an academic introduction to disability within the text as well as a bibliography for further study.


I) Introduction

By Cameron Hunt McNabb

II) Historical and Medical Documents

  • York Cause Paper E.92: Redyng c. Boton By Alison Purnell
  • Mental Competency Inquisitions from Medieval England By Eliza Buhrer
  • Nuremberg Town Records: Select Entries Pertaining to the Mad and Intellectually Disabled By Anne M. Koenig
  • Tax Relief Requests from Medieval Dijon By Anne Galanaud and Pierre Galanaud
  • Examining for Leprosy in the Fifteenth Century By Lucy Barnhouse Arzneibuch, “On Madness,” Ortolf of Baierland By Anne M. Koenig

III) Religious Texts

Biblical Excerpts

  • Selected Episodes on Healing and Disability from the Vulgate Bible – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John By Will Eggers
  • Miracles in Apocryphal Infancy Narratives By Brandon W. Hawk

Biblical Commentary

  • Catholic Homilies 1.10, Ælfric of Eynsham By Brandon W. Hawk
  • The City of God against the Pagans, Augustine of Hippo By Leah Pope Parker

Miracle Accounts

  • A Miracle of Thomas Becket: De puero syntectino (Concerning a boy suffering from a wasting disease), William of Canterbury By Rose A. Sawyer
  • Njáls Saga By Kolfinna Jónatansdóttir
  • The Life and Passion of William of Norwich, Thomas of Monmouth By Sarah Edwards
  • Obenauf Testimony from the Canonization Proceedings of Charles of Blois By Leigh Ann Craig
  • On the Miracle of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Bernard Gui By Leigh Ann Craig

Saints’ Vitae

  • The Prose Life of Cuthbert, Bede By Marit Ronen
  • The Life of St. Margaret of Antioch By Leah Pope Parker
  • Life of Mary of Oegines By Kisha G. Tracy and Alicia Protze

IV) Poetry

  • Bisclavret, Marie de France By Kisha G. Tracy
  • The Book of Hope, Alain Chartier By Julie Singer

The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer

  • The Merchant’s Tale By Moira Fitzgibbons
  • The Man of Law’s Prologue and Tale By Paul A. Broyles
  • The Wife of Bath’s Portrait, Prologue, and Tale By Tory V. Pearman
  • Dame Sirith By Danielle Allor
  • Tale of Constance, John Gower By Will Rogers
  • Complaint, Thomas Hoccleve By Will Rogers
  • Sir Orfeo By Joshua R. Eyler and Emma E. Duncan

V) Prose

  • The Book of Margery Kempe By M. W. Bychowski

Ecclesiastical History, Bede

  • Menstruation, Infirmity, Religious Observance, and The Miracles of King Oswald By Heide Estes
  • Physical Disability, Muteness, Pregnancy, Possession, and Alcoholism By Maura Bailey, Autumn Battista, Ashley Corliss, Eammon Gosselin, Rebecca Laughlin, Sara Moller, Shayne Simahk, Taylor Specker, Alyssa Stanton, Kellyn Welch, and Kisha G. Tracy
  • The Lancelot-Grail Cycle Evadeam, the Dwarf Knight By Kara Larson Maloney
  • Morkinskinna By Ármann Jakobsson
  • Heimskringla, Snorri Sturluson Ólafs saga helga By Ármann Jakobsson
  • The Prose Edda, Snorri Sturluson By Kolfinna Jónatansdóttir

VI) Drama

The Chester Cycle

  • Cure of the Blind Man By Kurt Schreyer
  • Christ and the Leper By Kurt Schreyer
  • The York Cycle Entry into Jerusalem By Frank M. Napolitano
  • The N-Town Plays The Nativity By Jeffery G. Stoyanoff
  • Croxton Play of the Sacrament By Cameron Hunt McNabb Lippijn By Mandy Lowell Albert

VII) Images

  • The Smithfield Decretals By Rachael Gillibrand
  • Visible and Invisible Impairments in Images of Medieval Musicians By Karen M. Cook


Cameron Hunt McNabb is Assoc. Professor of English at Southeastern University. Her primary research interests include disability studies and early drama, and she has published in numerous journals, including Early Theatre, Neophilologus, Studies in Philology, and Pedagogy. Her chapter “Staging Disability in Medieval Drama” is forthcoming in the Ashgate Research Companion to Medieval Disability Studies (Routledge, 2018). She is a strong advocate for undergraduate research, and she and her students have contributed two entries to the Medieval Disability Glossary.

CFP – “Visualizing the Other in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Art (1300–1550)”: 14 –16 November 2019, Ostrava, Czech Republic

The University of Ostrovo and the Vivarium – Centre for Research of the Medieval Society and Culture invites art historians, historians, philosophers and cultural anthropologists to participate in the international conference Visualizing the Other in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Art (1300-1550).

As Medieval Europe was ethnically and religiously diverse, we seek papers exploring the artistic, architectural, and linguistic evidence for the social, cultural, and politcal integration of ethnically and religiously diverse communites.

The aim of the meeting is to stimulate on academic dialogue on the percept on and ex­pression of otherness / other in the late Middle Ages and Early Modern Europe, considering its social, religious and ethnie diversity interactions, coexistence, but also delimitation as means of self-definition and protection.

Nevertheless, the late medievol visualization of the other works with usual stereotypes and cultural images when “the other” is understood as potentially dongerous, transgressing norms and order, and thus negative. Yet the dialogue between them, and us between inclusion and exclusion reveals important relations in the structure of late medieval society.

The perception of the other in medieval art, mentality and culture needs to be discussed and treated as a dynamic intellectual and socio-cultural process (“the process of othering”) in a multi-disciplinary format ranging from texts and image- text schemes to images and fine arts. The following questions can be discussed:

On which occasion was “the other presented as a positive enrichment, was diversity understood as God’s inscrutable, but no doubt wise creation? On which occasion was it understood as potentially dangerous, transgressing norms and order, and thus as negative power? How the late medieval visualization of “the other” worked? How the stereotypes of the good as beauty vs. evil as ugly monstrosity and deformity, e.g. depictions of members of “other” religious communities (Roman Catholic Christians vs. reformers, Jews, Muslims), women, and people “on the edge” has been produced and used?


  • Visualizing the religious otherness (visual and textual sources)
  • Ethnic, regional and racial diversity and its reception in visual culture
  • Gender and sexuality as distancing strategies
  • Monstrosity and deformity as a visual expression of otherness
  • Evidence of social transgressions, breaking norms and rules
  • Medieval theory of perception of the other
  • Otherness in profane visual culture and marginal iconography
  • Animals used as exempt for sin, transgression and malevolent behavior
  • Exotic, oriental, and other distant places as a source of otherness
  • The other understanding of the world: naturel sciences and metaphysics
  • The other in Latin world as participants of prosperity
  • Conversion and consequences in the science and culture of central European Christians

The conference will take place from the 14th to 16th November 2019 at Ostrava University, Czech Republic.

We welcome submissions for 20- minute oral presentations. Please, send your proposed title and an abstract of 300 words of maximum length with your name, contact and institution details to Daniela Rywikovà ( by 20th July 2019.


Prof. Waldemar Delugo (University of Ostrava)

Dr Jan Dienstbier (Czech Acodemy of Science)

Dr Teresa Poe (University of central Oklahoma)

Dr Daniela Rywikovà (University of Ostrava)

Dr Maria Theisen (Austrian Academy of Science)