Medica Sessions at Kalamazoo

Medica: The Society for the Study of Healing in the Middle Ages teamed up with AVISTA: The Association Villard de Honnecourt for the Interdisciplinary Study of Medieval Technology, Science and Art to offer four sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, Michigan. The four sessions are organized around the theme “The Sacred and the Secular in Medieval Healing“. All four sessions are scheduled sequentially on Thursday May 12 creating a day conference within the medieval congress.

The sessions will be held in the Brown and Gold Room in the Bernhard Center. Come and join us!

Thursday morning (10 am), Session I: Images and Objects

Cure for the Common Common: Images and Objects Used by the Lower Classes for Healing Protecting and Worship by Sarah Blick, Kenyon College.

Loadstones Are a Girl’s Best Friend: Lapidary Cures, Midwives, and Manuals of Popular Healing in Medieval and Early Modern England by Nichola Harris, SUNY-Ulster.

Early Medieval Crystal Amulets: Secular Instruments of Protection and Healing by Genevra Kornbluth, Kornbluth Photography

Thursday afternoon (1 pm), Session II: Sites

The Hospital Chapel of Tonnerre: Altars, Liturgy, and Relics by Lynn Courtenay, U. of Wisconsin — Whitewater and Madison.

Performative Thaumaturgy: The State of Research on Curative and Spiritual Interaction at Medieval Pilgrimage Shrines by Jim Bugslag, U. of Manitoba.

Thursday afternoon (3:30 pm) Session III: Vernacular Texts

Pathologizing Envy in Medieval Texts by Virginia Langum, U. Cambridge

Speaking Physic in Late Medieval England by Julie Orlemanski, Harvard U.

Middle Dutch Women’s Secrets in a Courtly Context by Orlanda Lie, U. Utrecht

Humans, Animals, and Veterinary Medicine in the Middle Ages by William York, Portland State U.

Thursday evening (7:30 pm), Session IV: Texts, Plagues, and Religious Healing

Plague in Bede’s Prose Life of Cuthbert by Michelle Ziegler

Religious and Medical Interpretations of Pestilence in the Late Middle Ages by Otto Gecser, Central Europe Univ.

Hope and Heat: Secular Medicine and Human Faith in Two Late Medieval Resurrection Miracles by Leigh Ann Craig, Virginia Commonwealth Univ.

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