The Mutilated Body: Durham University Medieval & Early Modern Student Association (CFP, Conference, Durham, 8–9 July 2013)

The Mutilated Body

Durham University’s annual MEMSA conference is an interdisciplinary forum for postgraduates and early career researchers to present and discuss their research. This year, the conference theme will focus on aspects of destruction, disability, and personhood in the medieval and early modern periods. Paper proposals may reflect the current trends in medical humanities and hagiography, but could also draw upon inventive interpretations of mutilated corporeality, typified by books, architecture, kingdoms and kingship, or Christendom. We welcome abstracts from postgraduates and early career researchers on all aspects of this topic in medieval and early modern archaeology, history, literature, theology, art, music, and culture. Presentation topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish martyrdom
  • Iconoclasm
  • Mutilation of manuscripts, book burning, and destruction of libraries
  • Attitudes towards and treatment of physical and mental disability
  • Religious rupture: monastic dissolution, Eucharist desecration, the Reformation, and the breaking of Christendom
  • Torture, execution, surgery, wounds, and disease
  • Disruption and schism in the body politic
  • Gendered bodies: domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • Healing of wounds: reconstruction, conservation, miracles


In addition to the panels, the conference will include keynote addresses by Professor Faith Wallis of McGill University and Professor Charlotte Roberts of Durham University. We are also pleased to announce a visit to the the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition and discussion led by Professor Richard Gameson of Durham University. Papers may also be submitted for publication in a special conference proceedings edition of Hortulus.

Please contact this email with abstracts of 200-300 words, for papers lasting 20 minutes, no later than 15 April, 2013. For more information, please see our blog or our Facebook page. Durham MEMSA

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