MAD at Leeds (International Medieval Congress, 4-7 July 2016)

The Medieval Animal Dat-network will organize as usual several sessions and roundtable during the International Medieval Congress (Leeds, 4-7 July 2016). This year, the Special Thematic Strand is ‘Food, Feast & Famine’.

Once again the line between animal and human blurs as people in the Middle Ages across Europe used ideas about what is a good animal, what constitutes a bad or transgressing animal, and what for some makes the meat from some animals actually taboo. Meat, fat, and milk and the animals they derive from is appropriated in gestures of self-definition and in the creation of a variety of social identities. Animals whole and animals divided in prescribed ways were used to construct worlds for the living through the death of the animals themselves. The papers presented in the session will explore the many facets of the intimate relationship between the living or dead animals and the people who exploited them. The organizers have found speakers from a variety of historical and archaeological fields to try and explore the animal-human food association from a wide variety of angles

Session 1521. Food Animals / Animal Food, I
Thursday 7 July 2016: 09.00-10.30
Organiser: Gerhard Jaritz, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest Moderator
Chair: Gerhard Jaritz.

  • Paper 1521-a: Eating Animals: Usual and Unusual Uses of Animal Body Parts
    Ingrid Matschinegg, Institut für Realienkunde des Mittelalters und der Frühen Neuzeit, Universität Salzburg, Krems
    Index Terms: Daily Life; Mentalities; Social History
  • Paper 1521-b: Monasteries and the Sea: Franciscan Marine Foods on Kökar in the Ålandic Archipelago, Baltic Sea
    Beatrice Krooks, Institutionen för Arkeologi och Antikens Kultur, Stockholms Universitet
  • Paper 1521-c: The Raven in the Münchner Oswald: A Feathered Foodie?
    Gabriele Schichta, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Mittelalter und frühe Neuzeit (IZMF), Universität Salzburg

Session 1621. Food Animals / Animal Food, II
Thursday 7 July 2016: 11.15-12.45
Organiser: Alice Choyke, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Moderator/Chair: Alice Choyke,

  • Paper 1621-a: Animals, Food, and Sanction in Burchard’s Corrector
    Andrea Vanina Neyra, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) / Universidad Nacional de San Martín / Sociedad Argentina de Estudios Medievales
  • Paper 1621-b: Copia autem piscium excedit fere omnia regna: Foreign Travellers on the Animal Products of Medieval Hungary
    Balázs Nagy, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
  • Paper 1621-c: The Zooarchaeological Evidence for Food Taboos in Medieval Spain
    Idoia Grau Sologestoa, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield / Departamento de Geografía, Prehistoria y Arqueología, Universidad del País Vasco

Session 1407Equids: A Round Table Discussion
Wednesday 6 July 2016: 19.00-20.00
Sponsor: Medieval Animal Data-Network (MAD), Central European University, Budapest
Organiser: Alice Choyke.
Chair: Gerhard Jaritz, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest

As has become customary, MAD is organising a discussion on particular animals in medieval life. This year we are concentrating on equids in all their expected and unexpected forms.
Participants include László Bartosiewicz (Stockholms Universitet), Alice Choyke (Central European University, Budapest), Irina Metzler (Swansea University), and Kathleen Walker-Meikle (University College London).

Cite this blog post
MAD (2016, July 3). MAD at Leeds (International Medieval Congress, 4-7 July 2016). Medieval Animal Data-Network. Retrieved April 17, 2024, from

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