IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1329: The Familiar Animal and the Animal 'Other', II: Negotiating Species in the Wider Medieval World

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Sunny Harrison, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Harriet Jean Evans, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Paper 1329-aRotting Blood and Frightened Children: Integrating Horses Into the Negotiated Spaces of Later Medieval Cities
(Language: English)
Sunny Harrison, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Geography and Settlement Studies, Medicine, Social History
Paper 1329-bVirtuous Bees and Unprincipled Humans in Medieval China
(Language: English)
David Pattinson, School of Languages, Cultures & Societies - East Asian Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Daily Life, Social History
Paper 1329-cAnimal Souls in Medical Theory, c. 1300
(Language: English)
Matthew Klemm, Department of History, Ithaca College, New York
Index terms: Medicine, Philosophy, Science

This session will build on the sociocultural analysis of session I and consider the various ways in which animals’ familiarity and otherness was understood and negotiated in medieval society. It will use difference and similarity to articulate the borders between species and consider the many tensions and concerns present in what was essentially a multi-species society. Papers will consider the representation and realities of living cheek-by-jowl with animals in later medieval cities, the use of animals as familiar and ‘other’ in philosophical writing and medical theory, and the comparison of bees and beekeepers in medieval China.