MAD at LEEDS, IMC 2018 : Beautiful Animals, Disabled Beasts and Bears

Noah's ar. bedford Hours, British Library, Add MS 18850, f. 16v, c 1410-1430

Noah’s ark. Bedford Hours, British Library, Add MS 18850, f. 16v (det.), c 1410-1430.

The Medieval Animal Data-network organizes as usual two sessions and one round table during the International Medieval Congress (Leeds, 2-5 July 2018).

Session 108
Title Beautiful Animals
Date/Time Monday 2 July 2018: 11.15-12.45
Abstract The qualities of animals play an important role in their medieval textual and visual representations. One of them is their physical and spiritual beauty which is often connected and put into relation to human qualities. The session will concentrate on such beautiful animals in texts and images and the meanings and symbolic character of this beauty.
Organiser Gerhard Jaritz, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Moderator/Chair Alice Choyke, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Paper 108-a Beautiful Creeps: Insects in Byzantine Rhetoric and Poetry
(Language: English)
Floris Bernard, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Index Terms: Byzantine Studies; Daily Life; Language and Literature – Greek
Paper 108-b Unicorns: Spiritual and Physical Beauty in Late Medieval Books of Hours
(Language: English)
Mónica Ann Walker Vadillo, Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford
Index Terms: Art History – Painting; Mentalities; Religious Life
Paper 108-c Animals and Beauty in Medieval Bestiaries
(Language: English)
Gerhard Jaritz, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Index Terms: Daily Life; Language and Literature – Latin; Mentalities

Session 308
Title Disabled Animals
Date/Time Monday 2 July 2018: 16.30-18.00
Abstract Recent advances in animal studies, environmental criticism, animal rights and welfare, as well as animal theology provide inspiration for reconsidering medieval archaeological remains and anthropocentric textual and visual sources to focus on animals. A careful analysis of these sources reveals that pre-industrial societies often had a better understanding of the needs, limitations, and dysfunctions of animals than modern, technologically advanced civilization. This will be shown, on the one hand, from a zooarchaeological point of view and, on the other hand, concerning horses, in medieval Western Europe and China.
Organiser Alice Choyke, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Moderator/Chair Gerhard Jaritz, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Paper 308-a Care or Neglect?: Medieval Animals and the Osteological Paradox
(Language: English)
László Bartosiewicz, Institutionen för arkeologi och antikens kultur, Stockholms universitet
Index Terms: Archaeology – General; Medicine
Paper 308-b Peredur’s Old Horse and Other Dysfunctional Animals in the Mabinogion: Reception, Adaptation, and Pedagogic Potential
(Language: English)
Anastasija Ropa, Independent Scholar, Riga
Index Terms: Language and Literature – Celtic; Medievalism and Antiquarianism; Mentalities; Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 308-c Appreciation of Disabled Animals: The Perception of Lame Horses in Song-Yuan China
(Language: English)
Zhexin Xu, Fachbereich Geschichte, Universität Salzburg
Index Terms: Daily Life; Mentalities

Session 408
Title Bears: A Round Table Discussion
Date/Time Monday 2 July 2018: 19.00-20.00
Abstract This year MAD has chosen bears as a subject of discussion. Bears occupy an important liminal space in medieval human thought. They were considered wild animals but nevertheless also conceived as sharing human characteristics. The round table will explore the many ways bears were used and regarded by medieval society.
Participants include Floris Bernard (Central European University, Budapest), Alice Choyke (Central European University, Budapest), Irina Metzler (Swansea University), Anastasija Ropa (University of Latvia, Riga), and Mónica Ann Walker Vadillo (Old Operating Theatre Museum, London).
Organiser Alice Choyke, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Moderator/Chair Gerhard Jaritz, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
To cite this post : MAD, “MAD at LEEDS, IMC 2018 : Beautiful Animals, Disabled Beasts and Bears”, Medieval Animal Data-Network (blog on Hypotheses.org), March 17, 2018. [On line] https://mad.hypotheses.org/1013.

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