Konferenz: Gender(ed) Histories of Health, Healing and the Body, 1250-1550 – Koeln 25.-26. Januar 2018

Gender(ed) Histories of Health, Healing and the Body, 1250-1550


Eva-Maria Cersovsky (University of Cologne), Dr Ursula Gießmann
(University of Cologne), in cooperation with the Competence Area IV
“Cultures and Societies in Transition” (University of Cologne), the
Cologne Centre for Medieval Studies, and the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School
for the Humanities Cologne

25.01.2018-26.01.2018, Köln, a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the
Humanities Cologne, Aachener Str. 217, Room 3.A06
Deadline: 19.01.2018

Gender-specific characteristics and challenges within medicine and
public health play an increasingly important role in current medical
research as well as politics. Incorporating gender into the historical
analysis of the Late Middle Ages, too, reveals its importance in
organising and practising health care, interpreting the diseased,
disabled or infertile body as well as producing, applying and
transmitting medical knowledge. Recently, Anglo-American historians, in
particular, have highlighted the complex and ambiguous ways in which
gender shaped late medieval medical discourses and practices,
functioning both as a factor of exclusion as well as inclusion.

The workshop aims at systematically exploring these manifold relations
between gender, health and healing during the 13th to 16th centuries,
situating them at the nexus of medical, social, cultural, religious and
economic concerns. Speakers focus on areas of the field which require
additional and more comprehensive attention, e.g. the household as a
gendered site of giving and receiving care but also of producing
medicine, the healing and caring practices of religious women, the role
of miscellanies or print in disseminating gendered medical and bodily
knowledge as well as gendered perceptions of disability, infertility and
age, to only name a few. Considering how distinct forms of healing were
gendered in different texts and contexts and by different groups of
people, speakers employ a wide variety of sources from a number of
European countries as well as the Islamic world, ranging from medical
treatise and recipes to hagiography and archival documents of practice
as well as literary, visual and material sources. The workshop brings
together historians from five countries, different disciplines and at
all career stages, providing a forum for international discussion and
reflection upon methodological and theoretical frameworks of the field.

Participation is free, to register please send an email to
cersovse@uni-koeln.de until 19th January 2018.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

10:00-10:30: Eva-Maria Cersovsky and Ursula Gießmann (both Univ. of
Cologne): Welcome and Introduction

10:30-11:30 KEYNOTE: Sharon Strocchia (Emory Univ.): The Politics of
Household Medicine at the Early Medici Court

11:30-11:45: Coffee Break

Chair: Sabine von Heusinger (Univ. of Cologne)

11:45-12:30: Sara M. Ritchey (Univ. of Tennessee): Foliated Healing:
Miscellanies as Sources for Gendered Medical Practice in the Late
Medieval Low Countries

12:30-13:15: Krisztina Ilko (Univ. of Cambridge): Friars, Women, and
Saints. Investigating Healing Miracles of the Early Augustinian Beati

13:15-14:45: Lunch

14:45-15:30: Iliana Kandzha (Central European Univ. Budapest): Female
Saints as Agents of Female Healing?: Issues of Gendered Practices and
Patronage in the Cult of St Cunigunde (1200-1350)

Chair: Bernhard Hollick (Univ. of Cologne / GHI London)

15:30-16:15: Linda Ehrsam Voigts (Univ. of Missouri): Women and Medical
Distillation at a Great Household in Late-Medieval England

16:15-16:45: Coffee Break

16:45-17:30: Belle S. Tuten (Juniata College): Care of the Breast in
Late Medieval Medicine

17:30-18:15: Julia Gruman Martins (Univ. of London):
Understanding/Controlling the Female Body in Ten Recipes: Print and the
Dissemination of Medical Knowledge about Women in the Early 16th

Friday, 26 January 2018

Chair: Letha Böhringer (Univ. of Cologne)

09:00-09:45: Donna Trembinski (St. Francis Xavier Univ.): At the
Intersection of Sex and Gender: Infirm Masculinities and Femininities in
the Thirteenth Century

09:45-10:30: Cordula Nolte (Univ. of Bremen): Domestic Care in the 15th
and 16th Centuries: Expectations, Experiences, and Practices from a
Gendered Perspective

10:30-11:00: Coffee Break

11:00-11:45: Eva-Maria Cersovsky (Univ. of Cologne): Ubi non est mulier,
gemescit egens: Gendered Discourses of Care during the Later Middle

Chair: Ursula Gießmann (Univ. of Cologne)

11:45-12:30: Catherine Rider (Univ. of Exeter): Gender, Old Age, and the
Infertile Body in Medieval Medicine

12:30-13:30: Lunch

13:30-14:15: Lauren Wood (Univ. of California): Si Non Caste Tamen
Caute: Contraception and Abortion in the Middle Ages

14:15-15:00: Ayman Yasin Atat (TU Braunschweig): Dealing with Menstrual
Disorders in Arabic/Ottoman Medicine

15:00-15:30: Concluding discussion

Eva-Maria Cersovsky

Universität zu Köln, Historisches Institut, Albertus-Magnus-Platz, 50923

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