IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 208: Medieval Bodies: Human and Animal

Monday 2 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Onderzoeksschool Mediƫvistiek, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Organiser:Rob Meens, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Rob Meens, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 208-aThe Valley of the Changing Sheep in the Middle Welsh Tale Peredur ab Efrawc
(Language: English)
Kiki Calis, Departement Talen, Literatuur en Communicatie, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Anthropology, Language and Literature - Celtic
Paper 208-bDehumanising Humans, or Humanising Animals?: The Human-Animal Divide in the Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Sven Gins, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Anthropology, Daily Life, Law, Social History
Paper 208-cDeveloping a Culture of Sports and Physical Exercise in the Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period
(Language: English)
Miente Pietersma, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Anthropology, Daily Life, Social History
Abstract

Man in his physical state, as a body, is arguably very close to, or perhaps indistinguishable from, an animal. This session investigates medieval conceptions of the body (human and animal), the human-animal divide and the diverse ways in which such concepts were employed. It looks in particular at the motif of sheep changing in appearance in a Middle Welsh tale (paper -a), at the divide between animals and humans (paper -b), and finally at the ways in which physical exercise can contribute to human health and well-being in the 15th and 16th centuries.