Evidence for the use of whale-baleen products in medieval Powys, Wales

June 27, 2014
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Photograph licensed by Citron under CC-BY-AS-3.0. Introduction Baleen is the material which comprises the keratinous feeding plates in the mouths of the largest whales on the planet. It was traditionally used in corsets, along with other items from the late sixteenth century onwards. Historical references suggest that, prior to this, baleen arms and armour were used from the late thirteenth-fifteenth...
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Impressions from the International Conference “Animals and Words” (Darmstadt, May 26-27, 2014)

June 7, 2014
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Conrad Gesner, Icones animalium, Zurich: Froschauer, 1553, p. 28 Animaliter is an international research network, which acronym means ‘Animal in literature’. The core team gathers scholars from Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Animaliter’s main research project is to publish an on-line encyclopaedia of animals found in medieval literature (in Romance, Latin, German and Scandinavian languages). Many scholars from many countries (Italy, France,...
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Open Call for MAD Blog Submissions

May 22, 2014
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Open Call for MAD Blog Submissions Many scholars researching the Middle Ages come across references to animals, but these references are sometimes tangential and they are relegated to a footnote if they ever make it into an article or book at all. The Medieval Animal Data-Network is trying to bring these stranded pieces of evidence regarding animals in the Middle...
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Call for Papers: Medieval Pets. Enarratio Journal. Special Issue.

May 22, 2014
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Call For Papers: Medieval Pets Enarratio Special Issue Editor: Kristen Figg Essays are sought for a special issue of Enarratio on medieval pets. Papers may approach different kinds of pets from different disciplinary perspectives, and through a variety of textual types from narrative fiction to nonfiction. Potential topics include but are not limited to: What...
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XXXVIII Coloquio Internacional de Historia del Arte. Animalística

May 22, 2014
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For the English Version of this Call for Papers for the “38th International Colloquium of Art History: Animals” click this LINK. Mérida, Yucatán, del 28 de Septiembre al 1 de Octubre 2014. La fauna y sus representaciones visuales, acústicas y literarias son, sin duda, un tema recurrente en la Historia del Arte. En una...
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(Un)Expected Animals in (Un)Expected Places in the Middle Ages & the Early Modern Period: A brief account of an excellent meeting

(Un)Expected Animals in (Un)Expected Places in the Middle Ages & the Early Modern Period: A brief account of an excellent meeting On May 6th and 7th, 2014, the Medieval Animal Data-Network held its 3rd International Meeting at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. The event was hosted by the Medieval and Renaissance Research Group (MEDREN) with financial support from the University of Louisville Liberal Studies Project, the Department of History, the Hite Art Institute, and...
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Animal sessions in Kalamazoo 2014

April 15, 2014
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Pierpont Morgan Library, MS M.638). MS M.638 fol. 2v MAD will not be present at Kalamazoo this year (49th International Congress on Medieval Studies May 8–11, 2014) , but many sessions will deal with various aspects of animals in the Middle Ages. This post provides an exhaustive selection of the animal sessions and papers in Kalamazoo this year. Thursday 3:30 p.m. Session 89 Bernhard...
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(Un)Expected Animals in (Un)Expected Places. 3rd International Meeting of the Medieval Animal Data-Network

April 3, 2014
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(Un)Expected Animals in (Un)Expected Places. 3rd International Meeting of the Medieval Animal Data-Network (Un)Expected Animals in (Un)Expected Places in the Middle Ages & Early Modern Period 3rd International Meeting of the Medieval Animal Data-Network May 6-7, 2014 Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library University of Louisville  The M(edieval) A(nimal) D(ata-networks) is conceived as a way to bring together scholars interested in addressing the manifold ways humans have related to and...
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Sessions and papers about Animals at Leeds, IMC, 2014

April 1, 2014
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The elephant at the Tower of London (London, British Library, MS Cotton Nero D I. f. 169v). Along with the sessions organized by MAD (see the program at http://mad.hypotheses.org/225), many papers will deal with medieval animals at Leeds, International medieval congress, July 7-10 2014. Session 113 Title Negotiating the Boundary between Human and Non-Human: Dogs, Warriors, and Fools Date/Time Monday 7 July 2014: 11.15-12.45 Organiser IMC Programming Committee Moderator/Chair Siegrid Schmidt,...
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MAD at Leeds, International Medieval Congress, 2014

March 18, 2014
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Thomas de Cantimpré, Liber de natura rerum, Valenciennes, BM, ms. 320, f. 111v. Ca 1285. The Medieval Animal Data Network organizes two sessions and a round-table at the International Medieval Congress (Leeds, July 7-10,  2014). The MAD sessions will all take place, Tuesday 8 July 2014, 09.00-10.30 and 11.15-12.45. The two sessions are entitled “Animals and the Creation of Identities”. Our round-table will take place, Wednesday 9 July 2014,...
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Animals and Words: Talking about Animals – Talking with Animals – Talking Animals

February 25, 2014
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Animals and Words: Talking about Animals – Talking with Animals – Talking Animals New Animaliter colloquium  (May, 26-27, 2014) : The Programme is online (PDF) : http://www.encyclopaedia-animalium.germanistik.uni-mainz.de/Tierlexikon%20Textdateien/Tagungsprogramm%20Tier%20und%20Wort.pdf Topic and themes Talking about Animals: How do medieval authors describe and name animals? This comprises problems of terminology and classification, but also the analysis of poetic elements used when describing animals, such as epithets or proper names of animals, etc. Talking...
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Seminar of Anthropozoology, 2014, Paris, National Museum of Natural History

January 18, 2014
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Logo MNHN Séminaire Anthrozoologie : Histoire naturelle et culturelle des animaux vrais

Director : François Poplin

Paris, February – March 2014

UMR 7209 Archéozoologie, Archéobotanique Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle – CNRS (INEE)


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Call for papers: Animals and Words: Talking about Animals – Talking with Animals – Talking Animals

November 18, 2013
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Adam naming the animals of the world, from the Peterborough Bestiary (MS 53, f. 195v)

The 2014 Animaliter colloquium will take place in Darmstadt (May, 26-27, 2014). Topics are: Animals and Words: Talking about Animals – Talking with Animals – Talking Animals. Deadline of call for papers is December 31th, 2013.


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Apes in Medieval Art

October 28, 2013
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Mother Ape with Young Pursued by Hunters. Bestiary. Salisbury (?) (England). Second half of the 13th century. London, The British Library, Ms. Harley 4751, fol. 11r. Apes are the closest relatives of humans in the animal world. They look like us, yet they are completely different. The ambiguity between the form and behavior of apes over humans was the main reason why they were used as a mirror of positive and/or negative behavior in both literary and artistic representations throughout...
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Fact Checking: Can Ostriches Digest Iron?

October 5, 2013
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img2075-det There were many different legends in the Middle Ages about imaginary beasts and many imaginary properties ascribed to real animals. One of these most striking properties concerns the ostrich’s ability to eat and digest iron. Originally, there were some observations stating that the ostrich, like many birds, eat stones. But this bird is quite...
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Call for papers MAD International meeting (Louisville, Kentucky, May 6-7 2014)

September 17, 2013
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medren-louisville-logo Call for papers (deadline November 5th, 2013) International meeting/symposium of  The medieval animal data network University of Louisville, Kentucky, 6th and 7th of May, 2014 (Un)Expected Animals in (Un)Expected Places in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period The M(edieval) A(nimal) D(ata-networks) (http://mad.hypotheses.org/) is conceived as a way to bring together scholars interested in...
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Reinardus, Volume 24 (2012)

July 18, 2013
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Reinardus, Volume 24 (2012) The peer-reviewed journal Reinardus aims to promote comparative research in the fields of medieval comic, satirical, didactic, and allegorical literature, with emphasis on beast epic, fable and fabliau, including sources, influences and later developments into the modern period. Moreover, Reinardus is the only journal entirely devoted to the study of the animals in the...
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Preventing “Monkey Business”. Fettered Apes in the Middle Ages

June 23, 2013
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Detail of the Tapestry of the Lady and the unicorn, Musée de Cluny, Paris The practice of keeping monkeys and apes in captivity during the Middle Ages, mainly as pets, is well known. Janson, in his classical study, Apes and Ape lore in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (Janson 1952), dedicates a chapter to this topic (“The Fettered Ape”, chap. V, p. 145-162). He has a symbolic approach (“captive...
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MAD at Leeds, International Medieval Congress 2013

June 17, 2013
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Amiens, Bibl. mun., ms. 0399, f. 147v. Bartholomaeus Anglicus, Jean Corbechon (transl.) Livre des propriétés des choses, 1447 The Medieval Animal Data Network organizes several sessions at the International Medieval Congress (Leeds, July 1-4,  2013). The 2013 annual theme is ”Pleasure“. The MAD sessions will all take place Wednesday, July 3rd, from 14.15 to 18.00 (two “Pleasure” sessions), and from 19.30 to 20.30 (round-table discussion about ostriches). The MAD sessions and round...
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Animals and Otherness in the Middle Ages. Perspectives across disciplines

June 11, 2013
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Animals and Otherness in the Middle Ages cover (Arceopress 2013) This publication has its origin in the colloquium Animals and Otherness in the Middle Ages held at the Faculty of Geography and History at Complutense University in Madrid in February 2011. This publication aims to bring together scholars from a range of disciplines to consider the diverse use of animals in constructions of ‘otherness’....
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M(edieval) A(nimal) D(ata-networks) (MAD) is conceived as a way to bring together scholars interested in addressing the manifold ways humans have related to and depended on animals for physical and spiritual existence in Medieval Europe. The aim of the blog is to stimulate academic conversations and debates between scholars and students concerned with all aspects of the animal-human relationship in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age. The blog covers multi-disciplinary information ranging from texts to image to material culture and bio archaeology.
M(edieval) A(nimal) D(ata-networks) (MAD) est conçu comme un moyen de rassembler des chercheurs intéressés dans l’approche plurielle des relations interdépendantes homme-animal, dans la culture matérielle et l’imaginaire de l’Europe médiévale. Le but de ce carnet est de favoriser les échanges et les débats entre chercheurs et étudiants intéressés par les différents aspects de la relation homme-animal au Moyen Âge et au début de l’époque moderne. Le carnet propose des contenus multidisciplinaires, comprenant textes, images, culture matérielle et données bio-archéologiques.

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