IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 720: Maternal Materialities: Objects and Practices in Medieval Childbirth, I

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Costanza Gislon Dopfel, Department of Modern Languages / Department of Art History, Saint Mary's College of California
Moderator/Chair:Adrian Wilson, School of Philosophy, Religion & History of Science, University of Leeds
Paper 720-aGifting the Mother: Medieval and Early Modern Childbirth Vessels
(Language: English)
Costanza Gislon Dopfel, Department of Modern Languages / Department of Art History, Saint Mary's College of California
Costanza Gislon Dopfel, Department of Modern Languages / Department of Art History, Saint Mary's College of California
Costanza Gislon Dopfel, Department of Modern Languages / Department of Art History, Saint Mary's College of California
Index terms: Art History - General, Language and Literature - Italian, Social History, Women's Studies
Paper 720-bDietary Advice for Pregnant Women in Late Medieval Sources
(Language: English)
Nina Belinda Kremmel, Institut für Romanistik, Universität Wien
Nina Belinda Kremmel, Institut für Romanistik, Universität Wien
Nina Belinda Kremmel, Institut für Romanistik, Universität Wien
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Social History, Women's Studies
Paper 720-cA Dress for the Mother
(Language: English)
Elisa Tosi Brandi, Dipartimento di Beni Culturali, Università di Bologna
Elisa Tosi Brandi, Dipartimento di Beni Culturali, Università di Bologna
Elisa Tosi Brandi, Dipartimento di Beni Culturali, Università di Bologna
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Daily Life, Social History, Women's Studies
Abstract

Although the process surrounding medieval childbirth has always been secretive, lack of written testimonials does not preclude the possibility of reconstructing this elusive space: drawing on the evidence of fashion, diet, rites and customs, the two sessions seek to give tangible form to the experience of childbirth through the analysis of physical objects and practices. The first session examines food, clothing and other items produced for the parturient mother or for the birthing room environment. Starting from an analysis of the socio-historical context, the papers proceed to decode the metaphoric value of these ‘materialities’ in terms of cultural meaning.