CFP: Health and Healing in Early Medieval Medicine

Call for Papers to 47th International Congress of Medieval Studies

May 10-13, 2012
Western Michigan University at Kalamazoo

Health and Healing in Early Medieval Medicine: Influences, Theory and Practices

This interdisciplinary session will explore all aspects of the health and healing in Europe and the Mediterranean world from approximately 400 to 1100 AD. We are open to all ways of measuring health and welfare from archaeology to psychology and literature. Diseases, concepts of healing, and the responses of early medieval populations to disease are of special interest.

This session is co-sponsored by Medica: the Society for the Study of Healing in the Middle Ages and The Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe.

We are seeking papers on any of the following topics:
– All aspects of early medieval health including (mal)nutrition, child mortality, aging, health beliefs, and health practices.
– All aspects of the Plague of Justinian and other infectious diseases
– Bioarchaeology of early medieval populations.
– All aspects of early medieval medical practice in art, literature, history, and archaeology.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words and the Participant Information Form should be sent to Michelle Ziegler at ZieglerM@slu.edu by September 15.

The Participant Information Form and additional information be found at http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html.