Session1329
TitleThe Familiar Animal and the Animal 'Other', II: Negotiating Species in the Wider Medieval World
Date/TimeWednesday 5 July 2017: 16.30-18.00
 
OrganiserSunny Harrison, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Open University
 
Moderator/ChairHarriet Jean Evans Tang, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
 
Paper 1329-a Rotting Blood and Frightened Children: Integrating Horses Into the Negotiated Spaces of Later Medieval Cities
(Language: English)
Sunny Harrison, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Open University
Index Terms: Economics - Urban; Geography and Settlement Studies; Medicine; Social History
Paper 1329-b Virtuous Bees and Unprincipled Humans in Medieval China
(Language: English)
David Pattinson, School of Languages, Cultures & Societies - East Asian Studies, University of Leeds
Index Terms: Daily Life; Social History
Paper 1329-c Animal Souls in Medical Theory, c. 1300
(Language: English)
Matthew Klemm, Department of History, Ithaca College, New York
Index Terms: Medicine; Philosophy; Science
 
AbstractThis session will build on the sociocultural analysis of session I and consider the various ways in which animals' familiarity and otherness was understood and negotiated in medieval society. It will use difference and similarity to articulate the borders between species and consider the many tensions and concerns present in what was essentially a multi-species society. Papers will consider the representation and realities of living cheek-by-jowl with animals in later medieval cities, the use of animals as familiar and 'other' in philosophical writing and medical theory, and the comparison of bees and beekeepers in medieval China.