Archives of the Body: Medieval to Early Modern

Archives of the Body: Medieval to Early Modern
An International Workshop to be held at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom 8-9 September 2011
What are the archives of the body? Can the body serve as an archive itself? What sources tell us the most about the body? This workshop, sponsored by the Academie Nationale de Medecine, Paris, aims to bring together historians, literary scholars, art historians and archaeologists to explore multiple types of evidence about human bodies in the medieval and early modern periods, in Europe, the New World and the Muslim and Jewish worlds. The sources examined might include: the archives of hospitals, universities and medical academies; civic, monastic, ecclesiastical and judicial records; iconographic sources, medical treatises and archaeological data. A keynote paper, ‘The Body in Pain and Tales of Election and Damnation during the French Wars of Religion‘, will be presented by Dr Luc Racaut (School of Historical Studies, University of Newcastle).