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.