IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1406: The Limits of the Human: A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:International Medieval Society (IMS), Paris
Organiser:Victoria Turner, School of Modern Languages - French, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Victoria Turner, School of Modern Languages - French, University of St Andrews
Abstract

Representations, transformations, and interpretations of the human and/or the human body have long occupied medieval scholars and continue to encourage us to question ontological categories as well as boundaries between human and animal, human and object, and nature and culture. In particular, recent scholarship in this field has been informed by notions of liminality, hybridity, and translation; critical animal and object theory; and a renewed interest in the relationship between science and literature. The aim of this round table is thus to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to the question of the limits of the human and to explore new avenues for further study and collaboration by uniting scholars working across literature, material culture, and the history of science.

Participants include Françoise Hazel Marie Le Saux (University of Reading), Elly R. Truitt (Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania), and Sophia Wilson (King’s College London).