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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1521: Food Animals / Animal Food, I

Thursday 7 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Medieval Animal Data-Network (MAD), Central European University, Budapest
Organiser:Gerhard Jaritz, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Moderator/Chair:Gerhard Jaritz, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Paper 1521-aEating Animals: Usual and Unusual Uses of Animal Body Parts
(Language: English)
Ingrid Matschinegg, Institut für Realienkunde des Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit, Universität Salzburg
Index terms: Daily Life, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 1521-bMonasteries and the Sea: Franciscan Marine Foods on Kökar in the Ålandic Archipelago, Baltic Sea
(Language: English)
Beatrice Krooks, Institutionen för Arkeologi och Antikens Kultur, Stockholms Universitet
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Daily Life, Monasticism
Paper 1521-cThe Raven in the Münchner Oswald: A Feathered Foodie?
(Language: English)
Gabriele Schichta, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Mittelalter und Frühneuzeit (IZMF), Universität Salzburg
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - German

Once again the line between animal and human blurs as people in the Middle Ages across Europe used ideas about what is a good animal, what constitutes a bad or transgressing animal, and what for some makes the meat from some animals actually taboo. Meat, fat, and milk and the animals they derive from is appropriated in gestures of self-definition and in the creation of a variety of social identities. Animals whole and animals divided in prescribed ways were used to construct worlds for the living through the death of the animals themselves. The papers presented in the session will explore the many facets of the intimate relationship between the living or dead animals and the people who exploited them. The organizers have found speakers from a variety of historical and archaeological fields to try and explore the animal-human food association from a wide variety of angles.