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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1228: Ageing and Care in the Middle Ages, I: Cultural Narratives of Ageing, Health, and Illness

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Universitetet i Bergen
Organisers:Laura Cayrol Bernardo, Universidad de Oviedo
Ninon Dubourg, Laboratoire Identités Cultures et Territoires (ICT), Université Diderot Paris 7
Moderator/Chair:Wendy J. Turner, Department of History, Anthropology & Philosophy, Augusta University, Georgia
Paper 1228-aAgeing Women in 15th-Century Italy: Gender, Health, and (Self) Care Strategies
(Language: English)
Laura Cayrol Bernardo, Universidad de Oviedo
Index terms: Gender Studies, Medicine, Women's Studies
Paper 1228-bThe Hope of Eternal Life: Theological Considerations of Healing and Care in Sedulius Scottus' De rectoribus Christianis
(Language: English)
Noémi Farkas-Hussey, Department of Ancient Classics, University of Galway
Index terms: Medicine, Political Thought, Theology
Paper 1228-cOld Wives / Young Brides, Crip Time / Queer Time
(Language: English)
Yoav Tirosh, Faculty of Icelandic & Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Social History

These sessions explore questions related to ageing and care throughout the Western Middle Ages. Their goal is to analyze various approaches to care and healing in regards to ageing or age-related conditions that took place within and beyond the domestic sphere. To do this, the ways in which care of older adults was conditioned by gender, class, and ability will be taken into account. By approaching this topic from a cross-disciplinary perspective, we aim to reveal the nuances and contradictions of past categories of senescence, setting cultural repertoire against documented lived experience and looking at topics that are still under-communicated. Part 1 will focus on cultural narratives of care in the contexts of ageing and illness; part 2 will address systems and networks set up to channel caring resources in older age.