IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 309: Being Led Astray by Medieval Animals: Pharmaceutical Badgers, Hairy Bears, and Vanishing Elephants in Late Medieval Europe

Monday 6 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Laura Crombie, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Moderator/Chair:Victoria Blud, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Paper 309-aBadgers Redux: More Animals in Materia medica
(Language: English)
Kathleen Walker-Meikle, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Daily Life, Medicine, Philosophy, Science
Paper 309-bA Bear's Bad Hair Day: Saracens, Robert Thornton, and Nightmare Bear Fur
(Language: English)
Jenn Bartlett, McGill University
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Social History
Paper 309-cElephants in the Room: Live and Wooden Elephants in Civic Festivals in the Late Medieval Low Countries
(Language: English)
Laura Crombie, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Administration, Daily Life, Economics - Urban, Local History
Abstract

Engaging with the animal and non-human turn and exploring new perspectives in studying late medieval animals, this interdisciplinary panel will address medical, literary, and civic texts to ask questions about the natural world and how it was perceived by European writers. The panel will address culturally and historically specific associations with animals of various kinds, particularly the ways in which medieval Europeans used, described, and interacted with common and exotic species. The panel considers animals in materia medica, bears in literature, and elephants in urban spectacles in order to examine the representation of animals within cultures and human-animal relationships.