Sessions and papers about Animals at Leeds, IMC, 2014

The elephant at the Tower of London (London, British Library, MS Cotton Nero D I. f. 169v).

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, 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, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien (IZMS), Universität Salzburg
Paper 113-a Fit for a Dog?: Food Sharing and the Medieval Human/Animal Divide
(Language: English)
Alison L. Langdon, Department of English, Western Kentucky University
Paper 113-b Warriors with Animal Faces: Negotiating an Anthropological Model
(Language: English)
Antonella Sciancalepore, Dipartimento di Ricerca linguistica, letteraria e filologica, Università di Macerata / School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, University of Edinburgh
Paper 113-c ‘Fools’ and Intellectual Disability: Modern Stereotypes and Medieval Mentalities
(Language: English)
Irina Metzler, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research, Swansea University / ‘Homo-debilis’ Projekt, Universität Bremen
Abstract Paper -a:
Medieval unease with human animality manifests strongly in attitudes toward and proscriptions concerning food sharing. This is particularly true with dogs, the animals with whom humans most intimately share both the procurement and consumption of food and who are routinely figured as embodying the best and worst characteristics associated with humans. This paper will explore the role of dogs and food in hunting treatises, penitential manuals, and a range of literary texts to reveal the precarious boundary between human and nonhuman animals in the medieval imagination.Paper -b:
European medieval literatures occasionally feature warriors who, during battle, take the appearances of wild animals. This transformation occurs on many levels: physical, total-body metamorphosis, a facial deformation, or symbolic, using animal masks. These three configurations are variations upon the same anthropological model: that of the animal-warrior.
Inside the socio-cultural process of shaping the image of the feudal knight, the universal model of the animal-warrior endured in both practice and literature, although negated, disguised and transformed.My paper will illustrate patterns of negotiation of this model in Medieval literature. It will consider mainly literature in langue d’oil, both epic and romance, but I will occasionally draw examples from Germanic and Celtic literatures.Paper -c:
Medieval sources have a tendency to conflate conditions such as mental illness, epilepsy, demonic possession, and cognitive impairments. Since in modern understanding ‘mental disability’ tends to mean specifically intellectual impairment, plus what used to be called mental retardation or learning difficulty, the paper will aim to uncover what medieval normative texts, especially natural-philosophical texts, state about mental disability. Philosophically, and subsequently judicially, medieval intellectual impairment was considered the absence of reason, the irrational, which contrasted the mentally disabled with the Aristotelian concept of man as the rational animal. Thus in medieval culture natural fools were contrasted with the artificial.

Session 233
Title The Literature of Medieval Scandinavia, II: Political, Cultural, and Mythological Empires
Date/Time Monday 7 July 2014: 14.15-15.45

Paper 233-d Becoming-Animal in the Medieval Icelandic Imagination
(Language: English)
Tim Bourns, Faculty of English Language & Literature, University of Oxford

Session 328
Title Approaches to Late Medieval Manuscripts
Date/Time Monday 7 July 2014: 16.30-18.00

Paper 328-a Visual Exegesis in Bestiaries: The Case of the Fire Stones
(Language: English)
Muriel Araujo Lima, Departamento de História, Universidade de São Paulo


Session 504 : Animals and the Creation of Identities, I (MAD) :


Session 505
Title England’s Immigrants, 1330-1550, I: Structures and Scope
Date/Time Tuesday 8 July 2014: 09.00-10.30

Paper 505-c England’s Other Immigrants: Animals and the ‘Oryent’ in Later Medieval English Culture
(Language: English)
Jenn Bartlett, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York


Session 604 : Animals and the Creation of Identities, II (MAD) :



Session 631
Title Money, Munitions, and Menagerie: The Birth of Royal Institutions at the Tower of London
Date/Time Tuesday 8 July 2014: 11.15-12.45

Paper 631-c Animal Diplomacy: The Royal Menagerie at the Tower of London and the ‘Royal Beasts’ Exhibition
(Language: English)
Sally Dixon-Smith, Tower of London, Historic Royal Palaces


Session 809
Title Exploring 15th-Century Cyprus, III: Law and Foreign Affairs
Date/Time Tuesday 8 July 2014: 16.30-18.00

Paper 809-a The Maréchaussée: A Tax on Animals in 15th-Century Lusignan Cyprus
(Language: English)
Nicholas S. Coureas, Cyprus Research Centre, Nicosia


Session 1126
Title The Pope, the Emperor(s), and the Holy Land: Rome, Byzantium, and the Holy Roman Empire at the Time of the Crusades, I – The Hohenstaufen
Date/Time Wednesday 9 July 2014: 11.15-12.45

Paper 1126-c Elephants as Diplomatic Gifts in the 13th Century
(Language: English)
Klaus van Eickels, Lehrstuhl Mittelalterliche Geschichte unter Einbeziehung der Landesgeschichte, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg


Session 1404 : Round-Table about Whales (MAD) >


Session 1534
Title Editing Medieval Texts: Digital Possibilities
Date/Time Thursday 10 July 2014: 09.00-10.30

Paper 1534-b Editing the Medieval Latin Bestiary
(Language: English)
Patricia Stewart, Independent Scholar, London

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MAD (2014, April 1). Sessions and papers about Animals at Leeds, IMC, 2014. Medieval Animal Data-Network. Retrieved May 18, 2024, from

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