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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1328: Ageing and Care in the Middle Ages, II: Caring for Older Adults - Networks, Places, and People

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

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:Mireia Comas, Departament d'Història i Arqueologia, Universitat de Barcelona
Paper 1328-aAgeing in Liège: Networks of Institutional Care on a City Scale
(Language: English)
Ninon Dubourg, Laboratoire Identités Cultures et Territoires (ICT), Université Diderot Paris 7
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 1328-b'Mayntayn thi housolde': Bodily Upkeep and Material Conservation in John Lydgate's The Dietary
(Language: English)
Amy Danielle Juarez, Department of English Literature, University of California, Riverside
Index terms: Art History - General, Language and Literature - Middle English, Medicine
Paper 1328-cCaregivers, Charity, or Cash?: Making Ends Meet during One's Final Years
(Language: English)
Jaco Zuijderduijn, Institute for History, Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - General, 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.