The Maladies, Miracles and Medicine of the Middle Ages, II. Places, Spaces and Objects
The Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading Friday 23. March 2018.
As medievalists, we access our period through the written records, sites, and items that survive in order to form a deeper understanding of the period, one that goes beyond the page or the ruinous buildings that remain today. Using a wide range of sources is particularly valuable when considering the miraculous and the medicinal. After all, it is not just the writings, but the spaces, places and objects of both healthcare and of the holy which can inform and shape our research, and than of understanding. Indeed, in many instances these two elements combine, as can be seen through the production of miracle cures, the monastic collections of medical treatises, and medieval hospitals and monastic infirmaries.
But, what can these sources tell us of miracles, of medicine, of maladies? How did the miraculous and the medicinal relate to and/or oppose each other? What can we learn of faith and the faithful, and of ill-health and healing? It is questions such as these which the second ‘Maladies, Miracles and Medicine’ conference considers by bringing together post-graduate and early-career researchers who work on all aspects of the healing and the holy. The conference welcomes papers on all aspects of this theme whether your interests lie in archaeology, art, literature, medicine and science, or miracles and theology (or a little bit of everything). Particular themes to consider are:
- Pilgrims as ‘patients’ and miraculous medicine
- Hospitals, hospices and infirmaries as places of cure and places of piety
- Objects of healing and/or objects of faith
- Landscapes and locations of religion and remedy
- The written word as place, space, or object of cure or of faith
- Personal devotion and home-based healthcare
Proposals for twenty-minute papers fitting broadly into one of the above themes are welcomed from all post-graduate and early-career researchers before the deadline, 5. January 2018. Proposals of no more than 200 words, and further enquiries are to be sent to the organisers, Dr Ruth Salter and Frances Cook, via: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware that further details will be released closer to the date.
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: 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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