MAD at Leeds, International Medieval Congress, 2015

Plague of lice. Golden Haggadah, Catalonia, 2nd quarter of the 14th century (British Library, Additional 27210, f.  12v).

Plague of lice. Golden Haggadah, Catalonia, 2nd quarter of the 14th century (British Library, Additional 27210, f.  12v).

The Medieval Animal Data Network organizes two sessions and a round-table at the International Medieval Congress (Leeds, July 6-9,  2015).

The MAD sessions will all take place, Monday 6 July 2014, 11.15-12.45 and 14.15-15.45. The first session is entitled “Animals and sound”, the second one “Animals and Humans, Humans and Animals: Reflections through Reaction”

Our round-table will take place, Monday 6 July 2014, 19.00-20.00, entitled “Creepy-Crawlies”.

The MAD sessions and round table will bring together 10 scholars from Germany, Hungary, France, Spain, Portugal, Austria, USA, etc.

Program of the sessions

Session 106
Title Animals and Sound
Date/Time Monday 6 July 2015: 11.15-12.45
Sponsor Medieval Animal Data-Network (MAD), Central European University, Budapest
Organiser Gerhard Jaritz, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Moderator/Chair Ingrid Matschinegg, Institut für Realienkunde, Universität Salzburg, Krems
Paper 106-a ‘What Does the Horse Say?’: The Narrative Function of the Horse’s Noise in Middle High German Literature
(Language: English)
Anna-Theresa Kölczer, LOEWE-Schwerpunkt ‘Tier-Mensch-Gesellschaft’, Universität Kassel
Index Terms: Anthropology; Daily Life; Language and Literature – German
Paper 106-b The Singing Bones
(Language: English)
Alice Choyke, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Index Terms: Archaeology – Artefacts; Daily Life; Music
Paper 106-c A Quintessence of Harmony: Medieval Meanings of Birdsong as an Echo of the Cosmic Music
(Language: English)
Antonio Prudenzano, Independent Scholar, Berlin
Index Terms: Anthropology; Language and Literature – Comparative; Music; Philosophy
Abstract The session intends to deal with the different medieval contexts of animals with the phenomenon of sound: from bioacoustical questions in literature to the terminology of the different animal sounds, and sounds from objects produced from animal organs.

Session 206
Title Animals and Humans, Humans and Animals: Reflections through Reaction
Date/Time Monday 6 July 2015: 14.15-15.45
Sponsor Medieval Animal Data-Network (MAD), Central European University, Budapest
Organiser Alice Choyke, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Moderator/Chair Gerhard Jaritz, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Paper 206-a Borderline?: Human-Animal Interactions and the Construction of Space in Medieval Fox-Epics
(Language: English)
Michael Mecklenburg, Institut für Germanistische Mediävistik, Universität Kassel
Index Terms: Anthropology; Daily Life; Language and Literature – German
Paper 206-b Animals as Humans, Humans as Animals: Didactics in Disguise
(Language: English)
Ingrid Matschinegg, Institut für Realienkunde, Universität Salzburg, Krems
Index Terms: Anthropology; Daily Life; Education
Paper 206-c The Eagle’s Fight against the Rooster: German National Animal Imagery in the Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Irina Savinetskaya, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Index Terms: Daily Life; Political Thought; Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract The session deals with human-animal interrelations and the effects on the ways of their perception by medieval women and men, on the one hand concerning the animals themselves, on the other hand with regard to symbolical or metaphorical constructions based on the interrelations.

Session 409
Title Creepy-Crawlies: A Round Table Discussion
Date/Time Monday 6 July 2015: 19.00-20.00
Sponsor Medieval Animal Data-Network (MAD), Central European University, Budapest
Organiser Alice Choyke, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Moderator/Chair Gerhard Jaritz, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Abstract Already for some years the Medieval Animal Data-Network (MAD) has been organising a round table discussion at the Leeds congress concentrating on one (group of) animal(s) and their role, perception, and functions in the medieval world. While we discussed ‘Whales’ in 2014, the 2015 meeting concentrates on ‘Creepy-Crawlies’ to be discussed in multidisciplinary perspectives.Participants include Alice Choyke (Central European University, Budapest), Michael Mecklenburg (Universität Kassel), Irina Metzler (Swansea University), Mónica Ann Walker Vadillo (University of Louisville, Kentucky), and Kathleen Walker-Meikle (University of York).

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