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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 639: The Sensuality of Things, II: Abilities and Disabilities

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Oswald von Wolkenstein Gesellschaft
Organiser:Silvan Wagner, Lehrstuhl für Ältere Deutsche Philologie, Universität Bayreuth
Moderator/Chair:Sieglinde Hartmann, Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft, Frankfurt am Main
Paper 639-a15th-Century Page Turners: Movement on/through the Pages
(Language: English)
Raoul Marc Etienne DuBois, Deutsches Seminar, Universität Zürich
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 639-bTrauma, Narrative, and the Impairment of Memory in the Works of Leonor López de Córdoba and Teresa de Cartagena
(Language: English)
Catherine Maguire, School of Languages, Linguistics & Film, Queen Mary, University of London
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Women's Studies
Paper 639-cPicturing Disability East and West: Global Perspectives from Medieval Europe and Japan
(Language: English)
Irina Metzler, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Index terms: Anthropology, Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities

Within our second session 'The Sensuality of Things', speakers aim at focusing on the impairment of people, things, and transmission. An almost completely abraded text of Wolkenstein's calendar poem, for example, tells us stories about its use and futility and, in the end, also of the intended structure of the whole manuscript. The autobiographic reflection of female rulers about their trauma gives us an insight into the intersection of gender and memory in late medieval Spain. In the last paper, the speaker focuses on physical disability in Europe and Japan thus offering a comparative examination of the ways people dealt with handicap in pre-modern societies.