IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1036: Disability and Disparity, I: Experiences of Pain, Suffering, and the Sacred

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:'Homo debilis' Projekt, Universität Bremen
Organiser:Bianca Frohne, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Universität Bremen
Moderator/Chair:Irina Metzler, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University / Projekt 'Homo Debilis', Universität Bremen
Paper 1036-aCorporality, Suffering, and the Miraculous in the Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Jenni Kuuliala, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Universität Bremen
Index terms: Daily Life, Hagiography, Lay Piety, Mentalities
Paper 1036-bRituals at the Shrine: Curing the Demoniac, Curing the Madman
(Language: English)
Sari Katajala-Peltomaa, School of Social Sciences & Humanities, University of Tampere
Index terms: Daily Life, Hagiography, Lay Piety
Paper 1036-cWeighed Down, Lifted Up: A Spatial Approach to the Body in Pain
(Language: English)
Bianca Frohne, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Universität Bremen
Index terms: Hagiography, Lay Piety, Medicine, Mentalities
Abstract

Dis/ability has recently gained importance as a fundamental approach to cultures and societies. Living with chronic pain, or living through painful experiences, has not been regarded systematically from the point of view of disability history. However, ‘pain’ clearly had its place within medieval culture. Taking into account pain and suffering as central aspects of physical and mental illness or impairment allows us to take a closer look at the meanings of corporal difference and mental disturbation in the Middle Ages: Being in pain could be accepted, required, rejected or healed. We want to look at different forms, spaces, and narrations of ‘pain’ and its cure within medieval culture.