IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1219: Breast Borders: Motherhood and Breastfeeding in the Middle Ages, III - Milk and Blood

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:University of Cyprus
Organisers:Stavroula Constantinou, Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus, Nicosia
Aspasia Skouroumouni Stavrinou, Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies University of Cyprus Nicosia
Moderator/Chair:Christodoulos Papavarnavas, Abteilung Byzanzforschung Institut für Mittelalterforschung Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften Wien
Paper 1219-aUses and Symbolism of ''Masculine' Milk from the Egyptian Period of the Pyramids to the Medieval Period
(Language: English)
Sandra Jaeggi-Richoz, Centre Suisse Islam et Société (CSIS) Université de Fribourg
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Medicine, Pagan Religions
Paper 1219-bMilk in Ancient and Byzantine Medical Treatises
(Language: English)
Aspasia Skouroumouni Stavrinou, Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies University of Cyprus Nicosia
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Medicine
Paper 1219-cMaternity through Milk and Blood: Missing Mothers and Wet Nurses in 15th-Century Barcelona
(Language: English)
Ximena Illanes Zubieta, Facultad de Historia Geografía y Ciencia Política Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Index terms: Daily Life, Demography, Gender Studies, Medicine
Abstract

Taking as its point of departure Susanne Dixon’s dictum: ‘the biology of infancy is universal, but the human perceptions of it and what it requires are socially conditioned and subject to historical change’ (The Roman Mother 1988: 129), this series of sessions aims at contributing to the ‘breastfeeding turn’, by promoting the investigation of the various aspects of the strong affinities between woman – as mother and nurse – and her lactating breast, as well as the social, ideological, and medical meanings and uses of motherhood, childbirth, and breastfeeding, and their visual and literary representations in the Middle Ages.