Medieval Medicine at Kalamazoo 2013

The conference program for the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies provides vivid testimony to the vibrant work in both medieval medicine and digital history. I’ve taken a quite liberal definition of “medical” here, including talks that deal with imagery of the body (like flaying, for example). With far more sessions than time slots, it’s inevitable that several must overlap, though still no less disappointing. But hopefully there will be even more next year.

Medieval Medicine

Session 48: Medicine in Medieval Iberia
Douglas Kierdorf, Bentley Univ.
Public Health Initiatives of a Town in the Late Medieval Crown of Aragon: Castello de la Plana

Iona McCleery, Univ. of Leeds
Medicine in Late Medieval Portugal: A Distinctive Spectrum of Healthcare?

Cristina Guardiola
Medical Cosmetics? An Ekphrastic Approach

Session 72: Wounds, Torture and the Grotesque
Rachel Levinson-Emley, Univ. of California–Santa Barbara
Holy Blood, Holey Body

Michelle Kustarz, Wayne State Univ.
The Vision of Thurkill and the Performance of Purgatory

Susan Anderson, Arizona State Univ.
“Food for the Beasts”: Broken Human Bodies in Medieval Bestiary Illuminations

Session 121: Old English Literature
Barrett Beck, Florida State Univ.
Locating the Alien Spirit: Poisonous Blood and Medieval Medicine in Beowulf

Claire Whitenack, Cornell Univ.
Old English Remedies for Poison: Materials and Metaphor

Jenny Boyar, Univ. of Rochester
Body Break-Ups and Make-Ups: Medicine as Metaphor in Soul and Body II and the Metrical Charms

Session 122: Theory and Practice of Medieval Medicine
Kira Robinson, Univ. of Alabama–Huntsville
Political Profs.: The Medical Faculty of Late Medieval Bologna

Michelle Fitzsimmons, Univ. of Missouri–Kansas City
The Evolution of Medicine in the Medieval University Curriculum

Linda Ehrsam Voigts, Univ. of Missouri–Kansas City
Prophylactic and Therapeutic Plague Recipes in the Household Book of an Early Tudor Noble Family

Session 142: Reading Body Language: Digestion, Boundaries, and Community in the Middle Ages
Stefanie Goyette, Harvard Univ.
Waste Management: Communal (In)Digestion in the Old French Fabliau Les trois dames de Paris

Merrall Llewelyn Price, Western Kentucky Univ.
Canterbury Bodies

Mary Zaborskis, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Constructing and Consuming Communities: An Examination of Medieval Bodily Consumption between Mothers and Children

Marybeth Matlack, Cornell Univ.
Menstruation and Purgation: Salvation of the Communal Self in Anglo-Saxon Female Religious Communities

Session 144: Food and Violence in the Middle Ages II: Diets That Make (a) Difference: Food, Violence and the Religious “Other”
Madera Allan, Lawrence Univ. Not Fighting Fare: Debating Taste in Inquisitorial La Mancha

Sonja Mayrhofer, Univ. of Iow
“What, is Sarezyns flesch thus good?”: Cannibalism and the Humors in Richard Coer de Lyon

Martha M. Daas, Old Dominion Univ.
Violence and the Soul: The Penitential Diet in the Spanish Middle Ages

Session 147: Mental Health in Non-medical Terms Irina Metzler, Swansea Univ.
Mental Disability and Intellectual Impairment in the Middle Ages: Some Preliminary Research Findings

Kathleen Walker-Meikle, Univ. of York
Man Bites Dog: Alarming Effects of Medieval Animal Venom

Aleksandra Pfau, Hendrix College
Going Mad in French: Royal Notaries and Charles V’s Translation Project

Wendy J. Turner, Augusta State Univ.
Civic and Religious Understanding of the Mentally Ill, Incompetent, and Disabled of Medieval England

Session 171: Technical Communication in the Middle Ages
Sarah Peters Kernan, Ohio State Univ.
Cookeries as Technical Literature in Late Medieval England and France

Mary Frances Zambreno, Elmhurst College
“A Comyn Rule in Cure”: Medieval Cookbooks as Technical Writing

Susan Rauch, Texas Tech Univ.
Repurposing the (E)MEMT Corpus and Presenter Tool: Identifying Trends and Transitions in Page Design and Genre in Late Medieval through Early Modern Medical Texts

Session 272: Fourteenth-Century Health Care
Fred Gibbs, George Mason Univ.
Pharmaceutical Traces: Textual Traditions of Drugs in the Late Middle Ages

James Byrne
Critiques of Medicine and Critiques of Astrology in the Fourteenth Century

Alexander F. More, Harvard Univ.
Health Crises in the Mediterranean: State Prevention and Responses

Session 340: Monsters II: Down to the skin: Images of Flaying in the Middle Ages
Peter Dent, Univ. of Bristol
A Window for the Pain: Surface, Interiority, and Christ’s Flagellated Skin in Late Medieval Sculpture

Derek Newman-Stille, Trent Univ. Getting under Your Skin: The Monstrous Subdermal

Sherry C. M. Lindquist, Western Illinois Univ. The Flaying of Saint Bartholomew and the Rhetoric of the Flesh in the Belles Heures of the Duke of Berry

Valerie Gramling, Univ. of Massachusetts–Amherst
“Lo, his flessh al be beflapped that fat is”: From Flagellation to Flaying in the English Cycle Passion Plays

Session 348: Multilingualism in the Middle Ages III
Susanna Niiranen, Jyväskylän Yliopisto
Code Switching in Medical Recipies

Session 475: Plants in the Middle Ages: Between Philosophy and Medicine
Jeremiah Hackett, Univ. of South Carolina–Columbia
Roger Bacon and the Vegetative State

Warren Tormey, Middle Tennessee State Univ.
The Old English Herbals and Faith-Based Healing Practice

Iolanda Ventura, IRHT–Orléans
Albert the Great’s On Plants and Late Medieval Natural Science

Session 509: Violence and Warfare in Late Medieval England
Ilana Krug, York College of Pennsylvania
The Politics of Battlefield Medicine

Session 510: When Women Fight: The Ideal, Reality, and Idealization of Female Aggression in the Middle Ages
Erin E. Sweany, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington
Consorting with the Devil: Interpreting Aggressive Female Actors in Old English Medical Texts

Session 514: New Voices in Anglo-Saxon Studies II
Julia Bolotian, Univ. of Cambridge
Lay Access to Medical Resources in Anglo-Saxon England

Session 579: Low German Medieval Literature II: Medicine, Weltchronik, History, Osterspiel
Chiara Benati, Univ. degli Studi di Genova The Manuscript Version of Hans von Gersdorff’s Feldbuch der Wundarzney in Copenhagen GKS 1663 Quart and Its Relation to the Printed Tradition

Digital History

Session 16: Taking It Public: Programming, Pedagogy, and Outreach (A Roundtable)

Session 32: Interdisciplinarity Now
Interdisciplinary Reading: Negotiating Sir Orfeo in a Digital Age

Session 50: Publish, Don’t Perish Hans Christoffersen, Liturgical Press/St. John’s Univ. Monographs in a Digital Age

Session 80: Emblem Studies Sabine Moedersheim Emblems and the Digital Humanities

Wim van Dongen, Vrije Univ. Amsterdam
Emblems and the Web 3.0

Session 204: Collaborations: The Multi-lingual Classroom, Text Editing, and New Media (A Poster Session)
Andrea R. Harbin, SUNY–Cortland, and Tamara F. O’Callaghan, Northern Kentucky Univ.
The Virtual Palimpsest: Teaching Students to Read Middle English

Peter Robinson, Univ. of Saskatchewan
How to Edit a Text in Collaboration with Everyone

Session 238: E-publishing and Medieval Studies (A Roundtable Discussion)

Session 271: The Sciences and Medieval Studies: New Approaches, New Questions
Christopher M. Roberts, Arizona State Univ., and Sean M. Bergin, Arizona State Univ.Hypothesis Testing in the Humanities? A Digital Contribution to the Debate on Early “Germanic” Identity

Session 272: Fourteenth-Century Health Care
Fred Gibbs, George Mason Univ.
Pharmaceutical Traces: Textual Traditions of Drugs in the Late Middle Ages

Session 283: Critical Remediation: Intersections of Medieval Studies and Media Theory
Yin Liu, Univ. of Saskatchewan
The Digital Scribe: A Riddle

Sophie Reinders, Radboud Univ. Nijmegen Mapping Social Networks: An Ordinary Habit: Remediation of Dutch “Alba Amicorum” in Today’s Social Network Mapping Services

Jordan Zweck, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison
Rethinking Anglo-Saxon Epistolarity

Session 382: Blogging the Medieval(ist) World (A Roundtable)

Session 500: New Developments in Digital Resources on Medieval Austria, Germany, and Switzerland
Ingrid Matschinegg, Institut für Realienkunde des Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Digital Resources on Things in a Domesticated Space

Matthew Z. Heintzelman
The vHMML Project: At the Crossroads of Digital Humanities and Manuscript Studies

Session 547: Digitizing Saintly Space: Barking Abbey
Donna Alfano Bussell
Barking Abbey: A GIS Map of a Medieval Nunnery

Kay Slocum, Capital Univ.
Tracing Sacred Pathways: Processions at Barking Abbey

Session 549: Doing Things with Manuscripts
Deborah McGrady, Univ. of Virginia, and Rachel Geer, Univ. of Virginia
Emerging Technologies and Medieval Literary Networks: Finding Machaut’s Readers

Session 578: The Scribes of Medieval English Manuscripts: New Knowledge, New Technologies
Alex Fleck, Centre for Medieval Studies, Univ. of Toronto/Dictionary of Old English, Univ. of Toronto
Textual Problems and Progress: Some Incidental Findings of the Dictionary of Old English, Digital Mappaemundi, and the Parker on the Web Project