From physicians, surgeons and hospitals to shrines, pilgrimages and processions, this conference will explore the varied ways in which people sought methods of healing and curing from the medieval period, circa 500, to the nineteenth century and the advent of ‘modern medicine’. By investigating continuities and disparities across a broad time period in a comparative European context, we hope to encourage an interdisciplinary approach to examine this important and exciting theme.
Postgraduate bursaries will be available. Papers might be published on E-Sharp.
Possible papers could include, but are not limited to:
- Popular and medicinal responses to particular diseases, e.g. plague and leprosy
- Saints, miracles and relics
- Spiritual healing and cures for the soul
- Food, diet and sex
- Male and Female Bodies
- Battlefield archaeology and medicine
- Academic verses non-academic medicine
Papers should be 20 minutes in length. Please send abstracts of 200 words with name, contact details and a brief biography via email by 31 May 2012. More information is available on the conference web site.