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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 613: Ageing in Late Medieval Europe: A Gendered Perspective

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Anthropologie historique du long Moyen Âge (AHLOMA) - École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris
Organiser:Laura Cayrol Bernardo, Universidad de Oviedo
Moderator/Chair:Araceli Rosillo-Luque, Arxiu-Biblioteca dels Franciscans de Catalunya / Departament d'Història Medieval, Paleografia i Diplomàtica, Universitat de Barcelona
Paper 613-aLaughing at Growing Old: Ageing and Self-Derision in Late Medieval French Poetry
(Language: English)
Camille Brouzes, Litt&Arts (UMR 5316), Université Grenoble Alpes
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Mentalities
Paper 613-bBetween Futility and Insatiable Lust: Attitudes about Ageing and Sexuality in Late Medieval Iberia
(Language: English)
Laura Cayrol Bernardo, Universidad de Oviedo
Index terms: Gender Studies, Medicine, Mentalities, Sexuality
Paper 613-cEnding Their Days at the Hospital: Old Women in Catalonia during the Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Mireia Comas, Departament d'Història i Arqueologia, Universitat de Barcelona
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Daily Life, Gender Studies, Social History

Over the last few decades, studies on the biological, economic, social, psychological and cultural aspects of old age have multiplied, due to current debate on ageing in western populations and its impact in our societies. However, despite the vast possibilities in social sciences to develop this topic of research, the subject still has not received the attention it deserves. This is particularly true when it comes to gender studies. This session aims to analyse different attitudes about aging and old age in Late Medieval Western Europe, bearing in mind how these affected both men and women. Our goal is to stress the legitimate importance of integrating age as an important category in studies on medieval gender, open new perspectives on a neglected topic, and raise awareness of its relevance and the permanence of some of its main characteristics in today's world.