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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 528: Cultures of Healing in Late Antiquity and the (Mostly) Early Middle Ages, I: Places and Spaces of Healing

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:ReMeDHe - Working Group for Religion, Medicine, Disability, Health & Healing in Late Antiquity / Beyond Beccaria Project
Organisers:Claire Burridge, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Carine van Rhijn, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Peregrine Horden, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London
Paper 528-aFrom Asklepieion to Kosmidion: Healing Networks in Late Antiquity
(Language: English)
Mark Beumer, First Faculty of Medicine, Institute for History of Medicine & Foreign Languages, Univerzita Karlova, Praha
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Byzantine Studies, Daily Life, Medicine
Paper 528-bImagined Healing Spaces in Byzantine Monastic Literature: Between Metaphor and Medicine
(Language: English)
Jonathan Zecher, Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University, Victoria
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Byzantine Studies, Medicine, Monasticism
Paper 528-cHealth and Risk in Late Medieval Vernacular Miracles
(Language: English)
Janna Coomans, Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Daily Life, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Dutch, Medicine

Central to this first session in the series is the question how place and space were fundamental to certain types of healing, and how long traditions, extending to pre-Christian time, shaped beliefs in such practices. No (early) medieval Christian would, for instance, expect incubation (healing sleep) to work anywhere but in a church or sanctuary, while ecclesiastical spaces were expected to provide not only physical, but also spiritual healing. Such places and spaces were, also in the later Middle Ages, parts of a Christian topography of healing which formed the framework for people actively seeking healing of any kind.