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 – email@example.com – by Friday 9th September.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (email@example.com) and Claire Burridge (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Call for papers: Leeds International Medieval Congress 4-7 July 2016
The Medieval Landscape/Seascape
Following on from a successful strand of sessions for the last two years, it has been suggested that we continue in 2016!
Writing about the medieval landscape and environment has a rich and long tradition and is an area in which many of the disciplines that comprise medieval studies have made significant contributions. Scholars working on ideas of the landscape, concepts of space and place as well as in the developing field of environmental humanities have added to our theoretical framework for understanding people’s relationships with the environment in the past. We hope to organise a series of sessions focusing on medieval landscapes/seascapes broadly conceived. We welcome proposals that draw on historical, literary, archaeological, art-historical and musicological approaches and sources.
For 2016, we would like to focus on these themes related to landscapes/seascapes:
- Performance: Walking, perambulation, pilgrimage, plays/drama, battle rituals, movement, hunting, magic, rituals;
- Memory: Reclamation of empty places, re-use of place, how places in the past are remembered in the present, recording and memory tools, forgetting/remembering, memorials, post- Black death and spaces/place, connections to past places (e.g. ancient wells, forests);
- Journey/Journeys: Itineraries, migrations, pilgrimage, crusades, travel narratives, roads and movement to and thru places, exploration, navigation, map making;
- Food & Famine: Production, fishing, preserving, designed spaces (gardens), field usage, empty spaces post plague or famine, images of landscape/seascape in manuscripts, activities related to food.
Potential contributors might like to think about the following ideas/concepts when suggesting a paper in the above themes:
- the place of the landscape/seascape in historical writing
- landscape/maritime archaeology
- medieval urban landscapes
- the landscape of particular events
- experiencing the landscape/seascape
- tools and theories for understanding the medieval landscape/seascape: e.g. digital humanities, knowledge exchange, mapping, etc.
- different national landscape traditions, including antiquarian and chorographic traditions, and how they affect our understanding of the medieval past.
It is hoped that, through these sessions we will raise and begin to answer a number of key questions about landscapes/seascapes in the Middle Ages. What is the relationship between the experience and conceptualisation of landscapes/seascape? What gaps exist in the evidence for the landscape/seascape as a physical, economic, social and cultural phenomenon, and can interdisciplinary work help us to bridge these? What innovative methods and approaches can we bring to the study of medieval landscape/seascape?
Please send abstracts for 20 minute papers to Kimm Curran, University of Glasgow by no later than 15 September 2015. By clicking here and provide the following:
- Abstract (max 200 words)
- Your name, institution, and role
- Full postal and electronic contact details (these will be used by Leeds IMC to contact you, post the programme, etc.)
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