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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1241: The Borders of Life and Death: The Natural World, I - Bodily Care

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Wellcome Collection
Organisers:Joanne Edge, Department of History & Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
Jude Seal, Independent Scholar, York
Moderator/Chair:Elma Brenner, Wellcome Library, London
Paper 1241-aSigns of Death: Medicine and Popular Knowledge at the Bedside
(Language: English)
Ana del Campo GutiƩrrez, Department of History, Yale University
Index terms: Medicine, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 1241-bPrognosis and the Deathbed in Late Medieval Navarrese Documents
(Language: English)
Julia Baldo-Alcoz, Instituto de EducaciĆ³n Secundaria de Navarra de Personas Adultas (IESNAPA) Ayuntamiento de Pamplona
Index terms: Lay Piety, Medicine, Mentalities
Paper 1241-cDead or Alive: Cemeteries and the Quest for Identity in Medieval French Romance
(Language: English)
Kirsten Lopez, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures University of Chicago
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Mentalities
Paper 1241-dLiminal Professions, Marginal Professionals: Working with Corpses in the Pre-Modern Low Countries
(Language: English)
Lola Digard, Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Law, Social History

In the records and narratives of the Middle Ages, death was not only of huge significance, but also not necessarily as permanent as one might otherwise believe. These sessions will explore the borders between life and death: how did medieval people (in a broad geographical and chronological range) navigate the uncertainties and liminal spaces between the living and the dead, and between being alive and being dead? In what ways did medieval people conceptualise near death experiences? How did people attempt to predict their own death or that of others? In what ways did the rituals around death represent a syncretism of cultures as religious conversions spread through populations?