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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 146: Food and Boundaries: Food as a Religious, Gender, and Social Marker in Late Medieval Times

Monday 6 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Francesca Tasca, Independent Scholar, Bergamo
Moderator/Chair:Andrea Maraschi, Department of History & Philosophy, University of Iceland
Respondent:Andrea Maraschi, Department of History & Philosophy, University of Iceland
Paper 146-aBecoming a Heretic by Eating according to Walter Map
(Language: English)
Francesca Tasca, Independent Scholar, Bergamo
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Mentalities, Religious Life
Paper 146-bThe Boundaries of Labor in Medieval Iceland: Dairy-Driven Division of Women‘s Work
(Language: English)
Bethany Rogers, School of Humanities, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Daily Life, Economics - Rural, Gender Studies
Paper 146-cDiet of the Saint-Jean de Todon Elite: A Pilot Study Using Stable Isotope Analysis
(Language: English)
Jane Holmstrom, Department of Anthropology University of Central Florida
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - Sites, Science

This session aims to highlight the connections between food, religious groups, social classes, and gender in the High and Late Middle Ages (9th to 14th centuries). Papers will address the role that food, diet, and food production played as markers of physical, non-physical, and social boundaries between high and late medieval people. Attention will be focused on three different aspects: 1) becoming heretic or protecting oneself from heresy by consuming specific foods and ingredients according to Walter Map; 2) gendered spaces and gendered boundaries in the dairy production of medieval Iceland; 3) differences in diet and social hierarchies in southern France (9th-12th cent.) on the basis of the remains of the medieval Christian cemetery of Saint-Jean de Todon.