IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 708: The Perfect Human and his Body: Clashes of Discourses

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Karine van 't Land, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen / Bartholomeus Society
Moderator/Chair:Dirk-Jan Dekker, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Paper 708-aRole Models in Medieval Treatises on Virtues
(Language: English)
Albrecht Diem, Change of affiliation
Index terms: Religious Life
Paper 708-bIdeal Bodies in the Middle English Romances
(Language: English)
Geert van Iersel, Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 708-cThe Perfect Body in Late Medieval Medicine
(Language: English)
Karine van 't Land, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen / Bartholomeus Society
Index terms: Medicine
Abstract

In the Middle Ages, different discourses defined the best human being and his body in totally different ways. The speakers of this session will clarify the best human as envisaged in the discourses of medicine, of romances, and of treatises on virtues, respectively. They will also describe some of the intricate relationships between the body and the identity of the best human. Their results will be confronted in a final commentary, drawn up by moderator Dirk-Jan Dekker and by organiser Karine van ‘t Land. After finishing our own commentary, we expect a lively discussion to take place.