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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1208: Growing Old in the Middle Ages: A Gendered Perspective, I - Social Practices

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

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:Laura Cayrol Bernardo, Universidad de Oviedo
Paper 1208-aToo Old to Work: The End of Working Life in Medieval Catalonia
(Language: English)
Mireia Comas, Departament d'Història i Arqueologia, Universitat de Barcelona
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Daily Life, Gender Studies, Social History
Paper 1208-bGender, Old Age, Disability, and Religiosity: The Intersectionality Invoked by Petitioners to Contravene Christian Prescriptions
(Language: English)
Ninon Dubourg, Laboratoire Identités Cultures et Territoires (ICT), Université Diderot Paris 7
Index terms: Gender Studies, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 1208-cThe 'Suitable Age': Elderly Nuns and Ageing in Iberian Female Monasteries, c. 12th-16th Centuries
(Language: English)
Araceli Rosillo-Luque, Arxiu-Biblioteca dels Franciscans de Catalunya / Departament d'Història Medieval, Paleografia i Diplomàtica, Universitat de Barcelona
Index terms: Gender Studies, Monasticism, Religious Life, 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 ageing and old age in Medieval Western Europe, bearing in mind how these affected both men and women.