Recent scholarship has begun to acknowledge that the focus of Medieval and Early Modern Studies has long been on the elite, male, western European experience. New movements in academia are addressing this imbalance, acknowledging that women, ethnic minorities, and other marginalised groups contributed richly to the fabric of medieval and early modern life. Ceræ aims to join this shift in focus to the experiences of minority groups, marginalised peoples, and life in non-western territories with a conference session at IMC Leeds 2020.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
- Experiences of minority or marginalised groups
- Writings by minority or marginalised groups
- Literary depictions of minority or marginalised groups
- The effacement of minority or marginalised groups
- Experiences on the transition of a border or landscape
- The law of minority and marginalised groups
- Minority and marginalised cultures, beliefs, and celebrations
- Experiences of disability and physical and mental illness
Ceræ invites submissions encompassing all aspects of the late classical, medieval, and early modern world. There are no geographical restrictions. As an interdisciplinary journal, Ceræ encourages submissions across the fields of archaeology, art history, historical ecology, literature, linguistics, intellectual history, musicology, politics, social studies, and beyond.
Abstracts of 250 words should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1st September 2019.
Attendees are responsible for all fees and costs associated with attending the IMC, and for registering for the congress.
For further enquiries contact our Editor: email@example.com; or get in touch via Facebook (facebook.com/CeraeJournal) or Twitter (@CeraeJournal).
The special issue emerges from the interdisciplinary research project Disability before disability (Icel. Fötlun fyrir tíma fötlunar) situated at the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Iceland, initiated in 2017, and supported by the Icelandic Research fund (Icel. Rannsóknasjóður) Grant of Excellence No 173655-05.
Recent years have seen growing interest in the exploration of disability in premodern societies and cultures. In line with the now commonly accepted (working) premise that disability is a multi-factorial phenomenon, scholars have come to realise that there can be no fixed, atemporal or acultural definition of disability. Thus, in order to consider whether and how premodern societies may have conceptualized disability, scholars must shed presentist preconceptions, cast a wide net, and be prepared to read between the lines. Equipped with an understanding of disability as a tool of sociocultural analysis, scholars today commonly make use of the concepts of ‘embodied difference’ and ‘marked or unusual bodies’ to yield more fruitful results as they do not imply pre-defined notions of disability. Although the body becomes a central platform on whose basis disability is negotiated, scholars are in no way limited to speaking only of the physicality of bodies. Rather the body is understood as a medium which materialises and translates physical, psychic, and intellectual differences in a way that societies can identify them as deviations from what is considered ‘normal’ in specific historical and socio-cultural contexts. Indeed, the phenomenon of disability cannot be studied without the contrast of what a culture or society conceptualizes as ‘ability’ and identifies as ‘normal’. The term ‘dis/ability’ can be used to express this inherent relationship and to remind us that it is not possible to understand one without recognizing the other.
Within this theoretical context, we invite proposals for essays (c. 7000 words) for a special issue of the journal Mirator that seeks to expand upon growing interest of dis/ability in the context of the medieval Nordic world. Contributors to the special issue will explore dis/ability within the context of different social arrangements and cultural conventions in the medieval Nordic world. We will especially welcome contributions that focus on close reading of specific texts (historical, legal, literary, etc.) as well as suggestions for broad, methodological approaches towards the study of dis/ability in the medieval Nordic world. Contributors will be encouraged, where possible, to expand the scope of their research to include related aspects from the fields of cultural studies, social theory, history, art, etc. In the context of the medieval Nordic world, possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Approaches to the experience of dis/ability (i.e. sources, methodology)
- Dis/ability and society
- Religion and dis/ability
- Dis/ability and medical knowledge
- Intersections of dis/ability with age, gender, social status, etc.
- Dis/ability and the law
- Narrating experiences and perceptions of dis/ability
- Dis/ability, assistive technology, and care
- Terminology or language of dis/ability
Contributions dealing with geographic regions in the medieval Nordic world, including Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and/or Sweden, are welcome. We hope to represent all of these regions in the special issue and are particularly eager to field proposals dealing with Danish and Finnish material.
Please send one-page essay proposals accompanied by brief author bio (c. 100 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1, 2019. In order to achieve an expeditious production timeline, essay drafts will be due in January 2020. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you might have in the meantime.
Sous la direction de Annie Allély
Le dossier 2 relève des disability studies : il s’attache aux corps handicapés, malformés et infirmes, avec une attention particulière pour les embryons et les enfants – un champ de recherche encore nouveau pour les époques anciennes. La réflexion porte sur le vocabulaire utilisé pour nommer la différence physique et sur l’attitude des Anciens devant le handicap, celle-ci oscillant entre le rejet, l’élimination, et l’acceptation et l’intégration. Il y a peu d’ouvrages en français sur la question du handicap pour la période de l’Antiquité, le domaine ayant d’abord été exploré par des spécialistes anglo-saxons. Pour autant, les études contenues dans le dossier viennent compléter et enrichir la production non-francophone, sans la répéter ; elles s’adressent donc aussi aux chercheurs étrangers.
Introduction : Handicaps, malformations et infirmités dans l’Antiquité
Embryons, nouveau-nés et enfants malformés
Modèles anatomiques tératologiques et cabinets de curiosités dans l’Antiquité
Les enfants handicapés, infirmes et malformés à Rome et dans l’Empire romain pendant l’Antiquité tardive
Des nouveau-nés malformés et un roi boiteux : histoires Spartiates
L’exposition des nouveau-nés handicapés dans le monde grec, entre réalités et mythes : un point sur la question
Le corps handicapé, malformé et infirme
Fiat Lux ! Cécité et déficiences visuelles à Rome : réalités et mythologies, des ténèbres à la lumière
Boiterie et boiteux dans le monde romain à l’époque classique
Infirmités et prêtrise en Méditerranée antique
Infirmité et mutilation corporelle en Grèce ancienne : le cas de la famille étymologique de πηρός