IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 908: What is the Cultural History of Medicine in the Middle Ages?: A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:School of History, University of Leeds
Organiser:Iona McCleery, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Joanne Edge, Department of History & Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

The year 2019 will see the publication of the Cultural History of Medicine in six volumes (Bloomsbury). The overall editor of the project, modern historian Roger Cooter, is keen that all the authors engage with the concept of the cultural history of medicine and reflect on their approaches to the subject. The authors working on the volume devoted to medieval medicine would therefore like to explore the following questions with an international audience:

What does a ‘cultural’ history of medicine look like? How does it differ from a ‘social’ history of medicine? Is the word ‘medicine’ a problem in its own right? What are the cultural theories/approaches/frameworks that have influenced you or that you use regularly in your research? How do the different disciplines/departments/institutions/countries that you belong to affect the way you research, write and teach the history of medicine? What about your other identities/roles? Do medievalists use cultural theory differently from modernists and if so why? Does it matter?

Participants include Florence Eliza Glaze (Coastal Carolina University), Iona McCleery (University of Leeds), Irina Metzler (Swansea University / Universit├Ąt Bremen), and Kathleen Walker-Meikle (University of York).