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IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 220: Pleasure and Care, II: Medicine and Devotion

Monday 1 July 2013, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Naama Cohen-Hanegbi, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Iona McCleery, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 220-aMidwifing Souls into Spiritual Pleasure in the Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Alaya Swann, Department of English, Arizona State University
Index terms: Lay Piety, Medicine
Paper 220-bMedical Approaches to Pleasure and Joy in the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Fernando Salmón Muñiz, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Cantabria
Index terms: Medicine, Philosophy
Paper 220-cChristianisation of Pleasure in Late Medieval Medicine
(Language: English)
Naama Cohen-Hanegbi, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Lay Piety, Medicine, Sermons and Preaching

The late Middle Ages saw a proliferation of works dedicated to the advancement of giving care in the disciplines of religion, medicine, and law. This growing attention to the well-being of the public and individual was pursued through the consideration of emotional habits and states; within this discourse pleasure was understood as a central affect. The sessions will discuss the theoretical and practical formulation of pleasure within the encounter of caregivers - priests, physicians, men of the law - and penitents, patients, juries, and offenders. Special emphasis will be given to the conjunction between disciplines in instigating shifts and changes in the understanding of the function and practices of pleasure. The second session concerns law and medicine and the interface between them and religious thought and practices.