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Internationaler Workshop

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

Eva-Maria Cersovsky und Ursula Gießmann veranstalten den internationalen Workshop „Gender(ed) Histories of Health, Healing and the Body, 1250-1550“, der am 25./26. Januar 2018 an der a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, Aachener Str. 217, Raum 3.A06, stattfindet. Hier geht es zum Programm.

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 medieval history, 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 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.


Neue Forschungen zur Mittelalterlichen Geschichte

Im Wintersemester 2017/18 wird das Oberseminar »Neue Forschungen zur Mittelalterlichen Geschichte« von Prof. Dr. Karl Ubl und Dr. Dominik Waßenhoven veranstaltet. Es findet immer dienstags, 17.45–19.15 Uhr im Philosophikum, Raum 3.229 statt. Den Seminarplan finden Sie hier.