Closing date for proposals 15th September 2010
The Sacred and the Secular in Medieval Healing: Sessions I-VI
International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 12-15 May 2011
An exciting suite of six sessions under the umbrella theme The Sacred and the Secular in Medieval Healing will be presented at the 2011 Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo. The four societies sponsoring these sessions — Medica: The Society for the Study of Healing in the Middle Ages, AVISTA: The Association Villard de Honnecourt for the Interdisciplinary Study of Medieval Technology, Science, and Art, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML), and Societas Magica — invite submissions that focus on sites, images, objects, and texts to explore the multivalent practices and meanings of healing in all its forms. A wide range of approaches is encouraged.
1. The Sacred and the Secular in Medieval Healing I: Sites and Images
2. The Sacred and the Secular in Medieval Healing II: Objects and Instruments (co-sponsors AVISTA and Medica)
Sessions I and II will focus on the art, architecture, and technologies of healing in the Middle Ages.
Contact: Barbara Bowers (AVISTA, email@example.com)
3. The Sacred and the Secular in Medieval Healing III: Texts
4. The Sacred and the Secular in Medieval Healing IV: Texts (co-sponsors Medica and AVISTA)
Sessions III and IV will explore the different textual traditions in which medieval authors considered matters of health and healing. For example, papers might examine texts produced by and for scholastic physicians or laymen, questions about Latin and vernacular medical textual traditions, specific issues addressed in medical texts, such as theology, animal husbandry, etc., or the ways other literary genres draw upon or treat medical subjects.
Contact: Linda Migl Keyser (Medica, firstname.lastname@example.org)
5. The Sacred and the Secular in Medieval Healing V: Texts (co-sponsors HMML and Medica)
Session V will focus on texts as a partial purveyor of healing knowledge to go along with architectural setting, art image, and artifact. Papers will discuss specific manuscripts, collections of healing prayers, recipes, and explore the healing properties of manuscripts as objects.
Contact: Theresa Vann (HMML, email@example.com)
6. The Sacred and the Secular in Medieval Healing VI: Texts: Re-Siting (co-sponsors Societas Magica and Medica)
Session VI expands textual traditions to include additional sites, such as the body as text.
Contact: Marla Segol (Societas Magica, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please send proposals for papers (abstracts of no more than 300 words) and a completed Participant Information Form by e-mail to the contact person for that session by 15 September 2010.