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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1621: Food Animals / Animal Food, II

Thursday 7 July 2016, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Medieval Animal Data-Network (MAD), Central European University, Budapest
Organiser:Alice Choyke, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Moderator/Chair:Alice Choyke, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Paper 1621-aAnimals, Food, and Sanction in Burchard's Corrector
(Language: English)
Andrea Vanina Neyra, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) / Universidad Nacional de San Martín / Sociedad Argentina de Estudios Medievales
Index terms: Daily Life, Religious Life
Paper 1621-b'Copia autem piscium excedit fere omnia regna': Foreign Travellers on the Animal Products of Medieval Hungary
(Language: English)
Balázs Nagy, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - General
Paper 1621-cThe Zooarchaeological Evidence for Food Taboos in Medieval Spain
(Language: English)
Idoia Grau Sologestoa, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield / Universidad del País Vasco - Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - General, Daily Life, Religious Life

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 that 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.