Tuesday, July 26, 2016

CFP for sessions at Kalamazoo in 2017


Medica is seeking proposals for our two sessions exploring the material culture of healing at the upcoming meeting of the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan from May 11-14, 2017.

We are also seeking a participant for a roundtable session on “Medieval Tools,” which will be co-sponsored AVISTA (The Association Villard de Honnecourt for the Interdisciplinary Study of Technology, Science, and Art), DISTAFF (Discussion, Interpretation, and Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics, and Fashion), Societas Magica, The Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, and EXARC.

The paper sessions are:

1)  Materia Medica: Plants, Animals, and Minerals in Healing
This session invites papers that investigate how medieval healers employed a wide range of materials drawn from plants, animals, and minerals to treat their patients. Papers can examine medieval manuals of herbal medicine to learn about herbal cures and dietary prescriptions in practice and theory. Papers can also examine bestiaries or hunting manuals for insight into the medicinal value of animal parts. In addition to examining the specific materials used in cures, papers might consider the production and sale of medicinal remedies. This opens the opportunity to explore subjects like the development of monastic herbal gardens, the trade routes by which medicinal materials reached their market, and the regulation of apothecary shops. The aim of the session is to bring together scholars considering the theory behind developing medicinal cures as well as the material culture that shapes those cures.

2) Surgeons and Their Tools
This session seeks papers that examine the theory and practice of medieval surgery. This could include looking at the training of craft surgeons and/or the development of surgery curricula at university medical school. Papers that examine specific surgical techniques, the application of surgery to treat specific conditions, or the tools used by surgeons, are of special interest. As with the session on "materia medica" this session also encourages papers that examine the material culture of medieval surgical practice as witnessed from textual and artistic perspectives.


Roundtable: Medieval Tools
This roundtable session provides an opportunity for short presentations, demonstration, and discussion of medieval tools and technology from various realms, including artistic production, agricultural labor, construction, shipbuilding, and household use. Medica seeks a participant who could contribute to the roundtable with a discussion of the use of tools in medical settings, or for the purposes of personal health or hygiene. The organizers are encouraging participants to bring illustrations and/or replicas of tools, although this is not required.

Though not required, an applicant for the roundtable would also be welcome to submit a paper proposal to one of the paper sessions

I would suggest for any Medica members who are also MEDMED-L readers that this roundtable could allow a speaker to follow up on the recent queries concerning “ancient bottom wipers,” or the Roman latrine stick/sponge and its use for personal hygiene.

If interested in presenting for either of the paper sessions and/or the roundtable, please submit an abstract of roughly 250-300 words along with a Participant Information Form (PIF), which can be found at http://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions. All proposal materials are due by September 15, 2016.

If you have questions about either of the sessions, or would like to submit an abstract, please direct emails to Harry York at why@pdx.edu.


Saturday, February 27, 2016

Medica's 2016 Schedule at Kalamazoo

International Congress on Medieval Studies, 12-15 May 2016
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Thursday, May 12
noon, Bernhard 211-- Medica Business Meeting
open to members and non-members

Friday, May 13
1:30 p.m., Schneider 1130
Session #243 Epidemic Diseases: Medieval Witnesses

Presider: William H. York, Portland State University

The Disappearing Leper and Clandestine Christ: Understanding a Theological Topos in Bonaventure’s Life of Saint Francis of Assisi
             Mark M. Lambert, University of Chicago
Diagnosis of Plague in Gui de Chauliac’s Chirurgia Magna
             Meagan S. Allen, Indiana University, Bloomington
Bone, Stone and Text: Jewish Responses to the Black Death
             Susan L. Einbinder, University of Connecticut

3:30 p.m., Schneider 1130
Session #297 Epidemic Diseases in the Middle Ages: 
Twenty-First Century Understandings
Presider: Monica H. Green, Arizona State University

Plague Diffusion within and out of Europe’s Uplands
             Ann G. Carmichael, Indiana University, Bloomington, Emerita
Is that Plague Image Really an Image of the Plague? Tackling the Digital Disconnect between Medieval Witnesses and Twenty-First Century Understandings of Epidemic Diseases in the Middle Ages
             Lori Jones, University of Ottawa
The Rise and Fall of a Historical Plague Focus: The Case of Ottoman Anatolia
             Nükhet Varlik, Rutgers University, Newark

5:15 p.m., Fetzer 1060 -- Medica Reception with cash bar

Thursday, February 4, 2016

"Wake the Blog!" Looking forward in 2016 . . .


International Congress on Medieval Studies
12-15 May 2016
The society will sponsor two sessions focusing on epidemics in the Middle Ages at this year's Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo conference:

Epidemic Diseases: Medieval Witnesses

Presider: William H. York, Portland State University

The Disappearing Leper and Clandestine Christ: Understanding a Theological Topos in Bonaventure’s Life of Saint Francis of Assisi
Mark M. Lambert, University of Chicago

Diagnosis of Plague in Gui de Chauliac’s Chirurgia Magna
Meagan S. Allen, Indiana University, Bloomington

Bone, Stone and Text: Jewish Responses to the Black Death
Susan L. Einbinder, University of Connecticut

Epidemic Diseases in the Middle Ages: Twenty-First Century Understandings
Presider: Monica H. Green, Arizona State University

Plague Diffusion within and out of Europe’s Uplands
Ann G. Carmichael, Indiana University, Bloomington, Emerita

Is that Plague Image Really an Image of the Plague? Tackling the Digital Disconnect between Medieval Witnesses and Twenty-First Century Understandings of Epidemic Diseases in the Middle Ages
Lori Jones, University of Ottawa

The Rise and Fall of a Historical Plague Focus: The Case of Ottoman Anatolia
Nükhet Varlik, Rutgers University, Newark

New Roles
This year the mantle of Medica's presidency passes to William H. (Harry) York, Portland State University. Of course, most of you know Harry as he has admirably filled the position of Medica's vice president for many years. But for those who haven't met him as yet, Harry is an independent historian in Oregon and author of Health and Wellness in Antiquity through the Middle Ages (2012). His current research focuses on animal health and veterinary medicine in medieval and early modern Europe. Harry will officially assume the role of president at Medica's annual business meeting at Kalamazoo.

While I will be stepping down as president of Medica, to assist with the coming year's transition, I will be reversing roles with Harry and staying on as the interim vice president. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for the constant support and friendship you have shown me over the years. It has been both a great privilege and a pleasure serving as the society's president. Thank you.


You can congratulate Harry on his new position at the reception Medica is hosting at this year's conference. It's also a great opportunity to relax and share your thoughts with others interested in medieval medicine, so please come and bring your friends.

One Final Note
Moving Medica's listserv is on the agenda for this year. Please bear with us as the logistics for the best method of maintaining communication with the society's members and friends are still being worked out. 

To ensure that our records are accurate and up-to-date, if you haven't done so already, please take a moment and send your name, affiliation, mailing address, and email address to me at lmkeyser@gmail.com. We don't want to lose you! And many thanks to all of you who have already been in touch.


Cheers,

Linda


Linda Migl Keyser, Ph.D.

President, Medica






Wake the Blog! Looking back at 2015 . . .

Medica's blog may have been resting, but its members have not!

2015 in Review:
As you'll recall, 2015 was a very good year for the society. In May at the Medieval Congress at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Medica honored one our own, sponsoring three sessions and hosting a reception in recognition of the academic research and mentorship of Linda Ehrsam Voigts, Professor of English Emerita, University of Missouri-Kansas City.


Medica honoree Linda Ehrsam Voigts
Among Professor Voigts’s many contributions to the study of medicine are her extensive work with Latin and vernacular medical texts from late medieval England. In addition, research in medieval medicine is heavily indebted to her for the development, with Patricia Deery Kurtz, of a database of 10,000 texts and prologues searchable from the website of The National Library of Medicine, "Scientific and Medical Writings in Old and Middle English (eVK2),"and for the publication of an electronic version of Thorndike and Kibre, "Incipits of Medieval Scientific Writings in Latin (eTK)."

The sessions:
Future Directions for Research in Medieval Medicine (A Roundtable)
Presider: M. Teresa Tavormina, Michigan State University

Panelists:
Medica Reception for Dr. Voigts

Luke Demaitre, School of Medicine, University of Virginia
Irma Taavitsainen, University of Helsinki

Alpo Honkapohja, University of Zurich
Monica H. Green, Arizona State University
Lea T. Olsan, University of Louisiana at Monroe

In Honor of Linda Ehrsam Voigts I:
Theory and Practice in Latin and Vernacular Medieval Medical Texts 
Presider: Patricia Deery Kurtz, Independent Scholar

What Hath eVK Wrought? Connecting the Vernacular to Latin, England to Europe
Monica H. Green, Arizona State University


“It be a solace to myne age”: Revisiting the Vernacular Versions of Bernard de Gordon’s Prognostic
Luke Demaitre, School of Medicine, University of Virginia

New Light on the Voigts-Sloane Group of Medical and Alchemical Manuscripts
Alpo Honkapohja, University of Zurich


In Honor of Linda Ehrsam Voigts II:
Theory and Practice in Latin and Vernacular Medieval Medical Texts
Presider: Jake Walsh Morrissey, Trent University

Learned Genres of Late Medieval Medical Writing: Commentaries and Their Afterlives

Irma Taavitsainen, University of Helsinki

The Gynecology of the Friars in Fifteenth-Century England
Peter Murray Jones, King’s College, Cambridge University

Equine Medicine in New York Public Library MS Spencer 9
Paul Acker, Saint Louis University

Many thanks to all the participants!





Wednesday, August 15, 2012

CFP: Medica at Kalamazoo 2013

Call for Papers: 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, Michigan, 9-12 May 2013

Not Only Skin Deep: Cosmetics, Prosthetics, and Aesthetics

Co-Sponsors: Medica: The Society for the Study of Healing in the Middle Ages
Society for the Study of Disability in the Middle Ages

This panel focuses on the medical and cultural history of making the body aesthetically negotiable and will discuss the various notions of "beauty" in the medieval worldview. Research has shown that Paulus of Aegina notes, in the seventh century, that surgery will restore maleness and cure, what we now know as, gynecomastia. And medieval scholars have long noted that transvestism fabricated accouterments that achieved higher social status. Therefore, the following questions could be explored: What surgical procedures were performed and what was considered beautiful and why? Who are the patients? If surgery was not an option, what were the cultural "props" or concoctions employed to achieve an aesthetic goal? Finally, how did medieval people negotiate beauty and change their lives by transforming their bodies?

Possible topics include:

  • Surgical procedures to address the physical repercussions of disease or injury
  • Cosmetics or prosthetics for the physical repercussions of a congenital condition or disease (e.g. leprosy, small pox, skin diseases, etc.) or an injury (e.g. amputation, etc.)
  • Cosmetics and their ingredients
  • Making and using prosthetics
  • Enhancing and reinventing the body
  • Representations of cosmetics and prosthetics in literature
  • Images of prosthetics and cosmetics in both art and medical texts

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and a completed Participant Information Form (PIF) by e-mail to Sharmain van Blommestein (vanblos@potsdam.edu) by 15 September 2012.

Additional information for applicants and the PIF are available athttp://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

CFP: Medica and SSDMA at Leeds 2012

Medica and SSDMA (Society for the Study of Disability in the Middle Ages) are co-sponsoring the following strand of sessions at the 2012 International Medieval Congress in Leeds (UK), 9-12 July.

The theme of the 2012 conference is "Rules to Follow (or Not)" and our sessions are:
  • Medicine and Rules: Children and Childbirth
  • Medicine and Rules: Law and Institutions
  • Medicine and Rules: Social Fabrication of Ability and Disability
  • Medicine and Rules: Theory and Practice
If you are interested in giving a paper or chairing any of these sessions, please contact Wendy Turner wturner@aug.edu as soon as possible, preferably by the end of August 2011.

Or if you know of anyone who might be in presenting of chairing a session, please forward this call to them.

Wendy J. Turner, PhD
Professor, History
History, Anthropology, and Philosophy Department
Augusta State University
2500 Walton Way
Augusta, GA 30904-2200
706-667-4563
wturner@aug.edu

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

CFPs: Medica at Kalamazoo 2012

Call for Papers: 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, Michigan, 10-13 May 2012

1) Noble Suffering: Representations of the Experience of Pain

Sponsor: Medica: The Society for the Study of Healing in the Middle Ages

This session will examine the redemptive potential for pain and suffering as evidenced in the material and literary culture of medieval Europe. We invite proposals that investigate portrayals of both emotional and physical suffering in religious and secular art and literature. Speakers are encouraged to explore representations of redemptive pain as expressed in images, objects, and texts from a broad range of perspectives, from saint to sinner, romantic hero to base criminal.

Possible topics include:

  • Images of pain in religious art and texts, such as renditions of scripture, the lives of the saints, etc.
  • Representations of pain in literature, such as romance, drama, fabliaux, etc.
  • Images and treatment of pain in medical texts
  • Associations of pain and suffering with specific diseases, such as leprosy
  • Pain and suffering in secular punishment

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and a completed Participant Information Form (PIF) by e-mail to Linda Migl Keyser (keyserl@georgetown.edu) by 15 September 2011.

Additional information for applicants and the PIF are available at http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html.

2) Health and Healing in Early Medieval Medicine: Influences, Theory and Practices

Co-sponsors: Medica: the Society for the Study of Healing in the Middle Ages and The Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe

This interdisciplinary session will explore all aspects of the health and healing in Europe and the Mediterranean world from approximately 400 to 1100 AD. We are open to all ways of measuring health and welfare from archaeology to psychology and literature. Diseases, concepts of healing, and the responses of early medieval populations to disease are of special interest.

We are seeking papers on any of the following topics:

  • - All aspects of early medieval health including (mal)nutrition, child mortality, aging, health beliefs, and health practices.
  • - All aspects of the Plague of Justinian and other infectious diseases
  • - Bioarchaeology of early medieval populations.
  • - All aspects of early medieval medical practice in art, literature, history, and archaeology.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words and the Participant Information Form should be sent to Michelle Ziegler at ZieglerM@slu.edu by September 15.

The Participant Information Form and additional information be found at http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html.