IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 610: (Dis)ability in the Middle Ages

Tuesday 12 July 2005, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:The(e)ories: Advanced Seminars for Queer Research
Organiser:Michael O'Rourke, Department of Modern English & American Literature, University College Dublin
Moderator/Chair:Michael O'Rourke, Department of Modern English & American Literature, University College Dublin
Paper 610-aFrom Earl to Churl: Disabling Magic and Social Rank in Middle English Romance
(Language: English)
Cory James Rushton, Department of English, University of Bristol
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 610-bMobility Aids for the Elderly Physically Impaired
(Language: English)
Irina Metzler, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, University of Bristol
Index terms: Daily Life, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 610-cLiving with Mental Incapacity in Late Medieval England
(Language: English)
Wendy J. Turner, Department of History, Anthropology & Philosophy, Augusta State University, Georgia
Index terms: Social History
Abstract

This session aims to continue the work begun in the ‘Cripping the Middle Ages’ round table at last year’s Congress. The papers will consider whether we can talk about (dis)ability in the Middle Ages and the participants will draw on evidence from a wide variety of sources – literary, visual, medical. Our hope is that this session will encourage medieval scholars to think that Disability Studies is something we ought to take seriously and not simply as something we add on. The session will also, we hope, open up Medieval Disability Studies and point to valuable work that still remains to be done.

Please add a third paper if possible. Third speaker pulled out over concerns re disabled access at Bodington.