Medica is seeking paper proposals for two sessions to be held at the 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies, which will be held in Kalamazoo, Michigan from May 7-10, 2020.
1) Healing and the Healer in Medieval Popular Culture
DESCRIPTION: This session seeks to explore the perceptions and understandings of health maintenance, disease prevention and treatment, medical practitioners, etc., in the practices of healers outside the university sphere in the Middle Ages. The practices of women healers, would be ideal topics of analysis for this session. Possible papers could examine sources like household recipe books, legal regulations of medical practice, depictions of healing in popular literature, artistic representations of healers, or similar sources.
2) Desire and Disease: The Medicalization of Sex in the Middle Ages
DESCRIPTION: This session is open to investigations of sexuality and medicine in the Middle Ages. This might include papers on sexually transmitted diseases, sexual dysfunction, methods to increase/inhibit sexual desire, or treatments to test for or enhance fertility. Other topics could include perceptions of how emotions of desire might affect an individual’s health, or concerns for how the body shapes desire in various ways.
If interested, please submit an abstract of roughly 250-300 words along with a Participant Information Form (PIF), which can be found at . Any All proposal materials are due by September 15, 2019. If you have questions about either of the sessions, or would like to submit an abstract, please direct emails to Harry York at .
Medica is also organizing a roundtable on teaching the history of medicine in the Middle Ages: New Ways to Teach Medieval Medicine
DESCRIPTION: This roundtable brings together scholars who will explore new tools and methods for teaching medieval medicine. The tools and ideas presented here are intended for anyone who might wish to include a module on health and disease in a broader course on the Middle Ages, not only for those seeking to teach courses focused on medieval medicine. Some speakers will examine various new digital technologies available for use in classroom settings. Others will consider the ways in which the history of medicine might be taught in the broader context of the global Middle Ages.
Finally, we are also co-sponsoring a session with Beneventan Studies:
TITLE: Medieval Interdisciplinarity: Knowledge-Transfer in Medieval Southern Italy II: Medicine and Sciences
DESCRIPTION: The importance of Montecassino and the Beneventan Zone in the history of the transmission of the classics for the trivium has long been recognized. Only recently has the pivotal role of the Zone for the history of the collection, translation, transmission and dissemination of scientific works come to the fore. The two sessions build on new/forthcoming publications on key Southern Italian manuscript witnesses of this transfer asks how knowledge transfer (particular of works of the quadrivium and medical sciences) occurred (into, within, and from the Zone), and what was the relationship between innovative learning across the sciences. Session II focuses new scholarship on medical and scientific learning.
For more information about this session, or to submit a proposal, please contact Andrew J. M. Irving at .