IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1429: Hares: A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:M(edieval) A(nimal) D(ata-Network), Central European University, Budapest/Wien
Organiser:Gerhard Jaritz, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Moderator/Chair:Gerhard Jaritz, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Abstract

As at previous IMCs, the Medieval Animal Data-Network organises a round table concentrating on one animal and its position and perception in the medieval world. This year, it is the hare, an animal that must have been well known to the inhabitants of most European regions. The hare as a mental construct has a very long history stretching back into prehistoric times. Hares are solitary animals (as opposed to rabbits) but come together to engage in activities which are quite human-like. In addition, there seems to be some interesting crossover between the iconography of hares and rabbits which needs to be discussed. The discussants in the panel as well as, to be hoped, in the audience, will include historians of culture, literature, and religion, art historians, and a zooarchaeologist.

Participants include Alice Choyke (Central European University, Budapest/Wien), Irina Metzler (Swansea University), Anastasija Ropa (Latvian Academy of Sport Education, Riga), Edgar Rops (Independent Scholar, Riga), and Mónica Ann Walker Vadillo (University of Oxford).