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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1621: Health Identities across and within Borders

Thursday 9 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Elma Brenner, Wellcome Library, London
Moderator/Chair:Wendy J. Turner, Department of History, Anthropology & Philosophy, Augusta University, Georgia
Paper 1621-aThe Transmission of the Culture of Materia Medica around the Medieval Mediterranean
(Language: English)
Ayman Yasin Atat, Beşikçizade Center for Medical Humanities, Istanbul
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Medicine, Science
Paper 1621-bCrossing the Border: The Movement of Materia Medica in the Carolingian World
(Language: English)
Claire Burridge, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Medicine, Science
Paper 1621-cTravel and Health: England and France in the Later Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Elma Brenner, Wellcome Library, London
Index terms: Daily Life, Medicine, Social History

This session explores the movement of medical practitioners, substances, and ideas across and within geographic borders over a broad time span. Both Burridge and Atat set medieval Europe in a global context. Burridge examines the evidence in early medieval recipe collections for the circulation of medicinal products from southeast Asia in Europe, while Atat considers the transmission of Arabic and Ottoman pharmaceutical knowledge in the Mediterranean region. Brenner and Rawcliffe's paper focuses on travel and health in late medieval England and France, especially the careers of peripatetic medical practitioners. Adaptation, translation and shifting identities, as well as borders, are prominent themes in this session.