Religious and/or Medicinal definitions of Otherness,
IMC Leeds 2017
Religion and medicine were in many ways intertwined in the Middle Ages, both in explaining deviance, illness and impairment as well as in the healing practices. They are not anymore seen as competing but rather as supporting, even complementing each other. Both religion and medicine had their own ways of defining the undesirable, which could lead to the construction of ‘The Other’ – be it disability, mental disorder, or heterodoxy. Some features, like lunacy, leprosy, impotence, or infertility were in the nexus of both religious and medicinal explanations. Both religion and medicine could also offer methods for cure and ways to integrate the deviant persons back into a community. The interconnection of both concepts can be found, for example, in hagiography, sermons, medical treatises and herbals. These sessions aim to analyse healing as cultural practice; the focal questions are how religious and medicinal explanation intermingled in the construction of ‘the Other’ and in what ways they complemented or competed in explaining, categorizing and treating different spiritual, mental and bodily conditions.
We aim at organizing a double session focusing on following questions:
- Role of medicine and/or religion in constructing the Other
- Role of medicine and/or religion in experiences of the patient
- Religion and medicine – rivalling, complementing or symbiotic?
- Treating the patient, curing the ailment – integration or permanent marginalization?
- Faith healing and placebo – synonyms, interconnection, anachronisms?
We encourage proposals sensitive to temporal and/or geographical changes focusing on various cultural levels and social contexts. Those interested in presenting a paper in this panel, please submit an abstract of roughly 250-300 words to the organisers by 23 September 2016.
Jenni Kuuliala firstname.lastname@example.org
Sari Katajala-Peltomaa email@example.com
Trivium, Tampere Centre for Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern Studies
Leeds IMC 2017 – Leprosy and Power
As next year’s IMC theme of ‘Otherness’ lends itself perfectly to the topic of medieval leprosy, I would like to propose a session on the subject of Leprosy and Power, following on from this year’s successful sessions about Leprosy and Identity. In this session, I would like to explore the various ways in which lepers interacted with medieval authorities – how authorities may have attempted to control the behaviour of lepers in their community, how lepers related to those in power, and how they fitted into a social hierarchy.
Possible topics could include:
· Leprosy and the elite
· Municipal authority and common law
· Canon law and the church
· The power of leprosy in society
· Lepers and social status – before / after diagnosis
Proposals should include a title, abstract (approximately 100 words), and institutional affiliation.
Please submit paper proposals by email to Katie Phillips, University of Reading – firstname.lastname@example.org – by Friday 9th September.
Via Katie Phillips on Academia
Call for Papers: IMC Leeds 2017
Pilgrimage: Restoring Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Health
Sponsored by the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading.
The thematic strand for the next International Medieval Congress (3-6 July 2017) at University of Leeds is Otherness. We invite you to submit proposals for 20-minute papers to take part in one or more sessions on the theme of pilgrimage as a restorative process between physical, mental, and spiritual sickness and health. We are particularly interested in papers that address identifications of pilgrims as “others” who were undertaking a unique physical and spiritual journey. Relevant topics include but are not limited to:
• Miraculous healing.
• Penitential pilgrimage.
• Proxy pilgrimage.
• Pilgrimage journeys.
• Experiences of pilgrims at shrines.
• Relics and saintly intercession.
• Monastic and lay interactions with the cult of saints.
If you would like to take part in these sessions, please send an abstract of no more than 200 words as well as a short bio to email@example.com by Friday 16 September 2016.
Organisers Ruth Salter (University of Reading, ) & Claire Treneryand (Royal Holloway, University of London, )
Call for papers – Health and Medicine in the Early Medieval West – IMC Leeds 2017
We are inviting papers for sessions at IMC Leeds 2017 on Health and Medicine in the Early Medieval West. Despite important new work, early medieval medicine still remains quarantined from the mainstream of early medieval historiography. The aim of these sessions is to diagnose and treat this historiographical “otherness” by bringing health and medicine into conversation with other areas of early medieval historiography, and by using health and medicine as ways of exploring early medieval societies.
Papers on post-Roman, pre-university medicine and/or health from c.500-c.1000 are welcomed on any of the following themes:
a) Situating medical texts and traditions
Possible topics: what counts (and counted) as a medical text/tradition in the early middle ages; continuation of, adaptation of or deviation from medical traditions; manuscript contexts of medical texts; authors and audiences; social, political and/or intellectual contexts of medical learning.
b) Medical ideas outside medical texts
Possible topics: migration of ideas within or outside medical texts; bibliographical evidence (e.g. library catalogues) for medical learning; medical learning and the laity; medical metaphors; health and medicine in pastoral rhetoric; liturgy as medicinal.
c) Moving beyond texts
Possible topics: interdisciplinary approaches to early medieval health; use of aDNA, palaeopathology and bioarchaeology; material culture of health; comparative history.
d) Humans and other animals
Possible topics: animal products in medical practice; health implications of interactions between humans and animals; analogies between human and animal medicine; veterinary medicine.
If interested, please send your details, paper title and an informal abstract to Zubin Mistry (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Claire Burridge (email@example.com) by Friday 9th September. Please get in touch if you have any questions and please do pass on the CFP to anyone who may be interested.