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CFP: Ageing and Care in the Middle Ages

September 20

Ageing and Care in the Middle Ages

Call for papers for sessions at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds (3-6 July 2023)

Organized by Laura Cayrol-Bernardo (Universitetet i Bergen) & Ninon Dubourg (Université de Liège)

We welcome papers that deal with questions related to ageing and care during the Medieval period. Our goal is to analyze various forms of care and healing in regards to ageing or age-related conditions that took place within and beyond the domestic sphere. To do this, we will take into account the ways in which (health)care was conditioned by gender, race, ethnicity, class, and ability at the intersection of individual and collective experiences. We will thus consider the intersubjective nature of ageing and the new relational identities created in later life.

These sessions will encourage an interdisciplinary approach.

Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Therapeutic and caregiving practices
  • Ageing and preventive (self)care
  • Dependency in late life
  • Feminized care of older adults
  • Ageing and disabilities
  • Institutionalization of care
  • Conceptualizations of health and disease in older age

Please submit proposals (300 words) and a short CV to Laura Cayrol-Bernardo laura.cayrol-bernardo@uib.no & Ninon Dubourg ninon.dubourg@gmail.com. Papers should be 20 minutes in length. A selection of the contributions might be published in an edited volume.

The deadline for submissions is 20 September 2022.