IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1306: Medieval Bodies Ignored, II: The Suffering Body

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Organiser:Rose A. Sawyer, School of History / School of English, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Sunny Harrison, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 1306-aBroken and Remade: The Bodily Experience of Medieval War
(Language: English)
Joanna Phillips, School of Law, University of Leeds
Index terms: Crusades, Medicine, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1306-bIncorporating the Physical: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Early Medieval Bodies
(Language: English)
Claire Burridge, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Medicine, Science
Paper 1306-cThe Devil at Your Breast: Representations of Nursemaids' Exhausted Bodies in Changeling Hagiography
(Language: English)
Rose A. Sawyer, School of History / School of English, University of Leeds
Index terms: Hagiography, Medicine, Mentalities, Social History
Abstract

Since the publication of Caroline Walker Bynum’s seminal ‘Why all the fuss about the body? A Medievalist’s Perspective’ (Critical Inquiry, 22.1 (1993), 1–33), the discourse around bodies as historical bodies has flourished. These sessions will pick out, from the many discourses that medieval people and modern historians have used to discuss the body, a few of the notes that are sometimes overlooked. This session, the second of a linked pair, explores the use of human bodies in warfare, by scholars, and as collateral damage in the stories of medieval changelings and the methods which can be used to restore bodies to their place in the historical record.