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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 731: Reading Texts, Reading Bodies: The Practical Literacy of Material Entanglements

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Miente Pietersma, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Moderator/Chair:Catrien Santing, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Paper 731-aThe Eye Guiding the Hand Guiding the Blade: Interaction between Body and Mind in Late Medieval Fighting Manuals
(Language: English)
Miente Pietersma, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Literacy and Orality, Medicine, Military History, Science
Paper 731-bRecipes for the Good Life: From Hairdye and Gin to Prayers
(Language: English)
Catrien Santing, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Literacy and Orality, Medicine, Science
Paper 731-cOf Hands, Hooves, and Health: Writing about Human-Equine Care Work
(Language: English)
Isabelle Schuerch, Historisches Institut, Universit├Ąt Bern
Index terms: Gender Studies, Literacy and Orality, Medicine, Social History
Abstract

This session builds on entanglements as a key notion in the histories of knowledge and the body. What constitutes a human or animal body depends not just on bio-essentialism or cultural discourse, but also on the tools and technical expertise used to interact with it. Different knowledge traditions should then be seen as informing different 'practical literacies' of interacting with bodies, which in turn yield different entanglements. Miente Pietersma asks how late medieval manuals for martial arts aimed to stimulate the interaction between mind and body through practice sessions, for example. Catrien Santing will look at the diverse ways texts inspired practices of 'the good life', from using hair dye to gin. Isabelle Schuerch focuses on the way riding manuals and equine medical texts conceptualised practical entanglements of human-equine care work.