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Friday 5 Dec: postgraduate workshop on Disability in Medieval Contexts
Time Title
9.00 – 9.30

Arrival, Coffee and Registration

9.30 - 9.45 Welcome led by Dr Chris King, Director of the Institute for Medieval Research (University of Nottingham), Dr Christina Lee (University of Nottingham) and Professor Cordula Nolte (University of Bremen, Homo Debilis Creative Unit)
9.45 – 11.15 Legal Positions led by Professor Wendy Turner (Georgia Regents University) and Dr Jenni Kuuliala (University of Tampere, Homo Debilis Creative Unit)
11.15 - 11.30 Break
11.30 - 13.00 Historical Perspectives led by Dr Irina Metzler (Wellcome Trust Fellow, University of Swansea), Professor Cordula Nolte and Dr Bianca Frohne (University of Bremen, Homo Debilis Creative Unit)
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch in the Cloisters
14.00 - 15.30 Literary Perspectives led by Professor Sonja Kerth and Dr Heiko Hiltmann (University of Bremen, Homo Debilis Creative Unit)
15.30 - 16.00 Break
16.00 - 17.30 Material Culture led by Dr Sally Crawford (Oxford University) and Cathrin Hähn (University of Bremen, Homo Debilis Creative Unit)
5.30 Day 1 close

 

Saturday 6 December: conference day 1
Time Title
9.00 – 9.30

Arrival, Coffee and Registration

9.30 - 9.45 Welcome from Professor Stephen Mumford (Dean of Arts, University of Nottingham). Brief Introduction by Dr Christina Lee (University of Nottingham) and Professor Cordula Nolte (University of Bremen, Homo Debilis Creative Unit)
9.45 – 11.15

SESSION I: Infectious Disease: Treatment and Responses in Medieval and Early Modern Contexts Respondent: Christoph Wieselhuber (University of Bremen, Homo Debilis Creative Unit)

Erin Connelly (University of Nottingham): ‘Treating Infection in the Middle English Translation of the Lilium Medicinae’

Professor John Flood (Emeritus, University of London): ‘Crisis? What Crisis? Professional Responses to Sweating Sickness in England and Germany’

Dr Conor Kostick (University of Nottingham): ‘Climate, Epidemics and Epizootics 400 - 1000 CE’

11.15 - 11.30 Break
11.30 - 13.00

SESSION II: Responses to Leprosy Respondent: Alexander Grimm (University of Bremen, Homo Debilis Creative Unit)

Dr Damien Jeanne (University of Caen): ‘Religious Behavior Facing Illness in the Middle Ages: the Lepers’ Case’

Ninon Duborg (University of Paris): ‘Being a Leprous Cleric: In/ability to Hold a Benefice’

Andreas Dimopoulos (Brunel University): ‘Disabling Law and Leprosy in the Middle Ages’

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch in the Cloisters
14.00 - 16.00

SESSION III: Infection between Medieval and Modern Respondent: Dr Christina Lee

Dr Steve Atkinson (University of Nottingham): 'The biology behind plague virulence’

Dr Steve Diggle (University of Nottingham): ‘Bacterial Small Talk: Quorum Sensing in Bacterial Infections’

Dr Freya Harrison (University of Nottingham): ‘Testing the Efficacy of a 1,000-year-old Antimicrobial Remedy’

Professor Ben Krause-Kyora (University of Kiel): ‘Leprosy - New Insights from Ancient Specimens’

16.00 - 16.30 Break
16.30 - 17.30

SESSION IV: Trauma and Disease Respondent: Erin Connelly (University of Nottingham)

Professor Wendy Turner (Georgia Regents University): ‘Medieval Psychotics: Infection of the Brain, Influence of the Moon, and Intermittent Disorder’

Joanna Phillips (University of Leeds): ‘ “Oh, the grief of all … Each day saw the funerals of their comrades”: Infectious Disease and the Crusader Sieges of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries’

18.30 Conference Dinner (Vice Chancellor’s Dining Room, Trent Building)

 

Sunday 7 December: conference day 2
Time Title
9.30 – 11.00

SESSION V: Miracles & Care Respondent: Dr Irina Metzler (Wellcome Trust Fellow/ University Swansea)

Professor Charlotte Roberts (Durham University): ‘Applying the “Index of Care” to a Person who suffered Leprosy in Late Medieval England’

Dr Jenni Kuulaila (University of Tampere, University of Bremen/Homo Debilis Creative Unit): ‘Definitions and Roles of Leprosy Miracles in Later Medieval Hagiographic Documents’

Clara Jáuregui (University of Barcelona): ‘The Santa Margarida’s Hospital of Barcelona: a Leper’s Way of Life’

   
11.00 - 11.30 Break
11.30 - 13.00

SESSION VI: Metaphors Respondent: Professor Wendy Turner

Professor Sonja Kerth (University of Bremen, Homo Debilis Creative Unit): ‘Leprosy as Metaphor? Concepts of Hansen's Disease in Mediaeval German Narratives’

Stefanie Künzel (University of Nottingham): ‘Epidemic Disease in Anglo-Saxon England’

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch in the Cloisters
14.00 - 15.00 Roundtable
15.00 Close of conference

 

Disease, Disability and Medicine in Medieval Europe Conference

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham
NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 846 7194