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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1342: Expressive Bodies: Visible Illness, Visible Health, II

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:'Hermeneutics of the Visible Body: Conceptualisations & Practices in Medieval Medicine in the Latin Tradition'
Organiser:Montserrat Cabré i Pairet, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Cantabria
Moderator/Chair:Montserrat Cabré i Pairet, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Cantabria
Paper 1342-aThe Consul and the Leper: Illness in Administrative Texts
(Language: English)
Anna Peterson, Independent Scholar, Valladolid
Index terms: Administration, Lay Piety, Medicine, Social History
Paper 1342-bDiseases 'of Manifest Appearance' in the Kitāb al-Malakī: Between Theory and Practice
(Language: English)
Anna Gili, Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Letterari, Università degli Studi di Padova
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Medicine, Science
Paper 1342-cSex and Appearance: Making Gender Visible in the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Paloma Moral de Calatrava, Departamento de Enfermería, Universidad de Murcia
Index terms: Gender Studies, Medicine, Sexuality

These sessions will explore, from a variety of disciplines, the visibility of some 'actions of the body', their relevance in medieval cultures, and how they were interpreted and acted upon by a variety of agents. From the presence or absence of ulcers, buboes, or facial hair to the appearance of the skin or the shape of the genitals, bodily surfaces played a central role in medical and religious understandings of the body and aspects of social life.