The aim of the blog is to stimulate academic conversations and debates between scholars concerned with all aspects of the animal-human relationship in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age. The blog will cover multi-disciplinary information ranging from texts to image to material culture and bio archaeology. The MAD project considers critical to examine human-animal interactions in the past from many different angles. At the same time, the project acknowledges that true interdisciplinary research is extremely difficult to achieve. However, the tendency in research approaches to use only single data sources often results in a “flat” picture of the way animals were integrated into all aspects of medieval society. We envision publishing posts based on analyses of multiple data categories including textual sources, images, archaeological topographic data, artifacts, and archaeozoological faunal data. Blog posts may also contain bibliographic information connected to particular beasts or animal topics. We also aim to provide up-to-date information on activities of the MAD project, conferences reviews, book reviews and other relevant research projects on medieval animal studies. The blog will provide a virtual space for researchers, students and all people interested in animal-human connections in the past, to access information which is otherwise dispersed and difficult to find.

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