Uncommon Bodies Symposium: Premodern Disability and Race in a Global Context

The two-day Symposium, scheduled for Feb. 15-16, 2024, is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) and Macalester College (St. Paul). The Symposium will bring to the Twin Cities a group of leading scholars of early modernity to illuminate the intersections of disability and race in the global early modern period. Organized by longtime collaborators…

Colloquium: “From Book to Lab: Investigating the Malleable Body in Early Modern Germany”

Heidi Hausse presents “From Book to Lab: Investigating the Malleable Body in Early Modern Germany.” In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a complex pool of practices and techniques developed to surgically remove limbs and artificially replace them. The activities of surgeons, artisans, and amputees shifted expectations about the number and degree of interventions possible. Their efforts…

Seminar: Managing Mental Health Emergencies in Early Modern England

Today, words like ‘frantic’ and ‘frenzy’ are the stuff of hyperbolic newspaper headlines. Five hundred years ago, they described someone who was judged to be suffering from an episode of severe mental illness. Among frenzy’s hallmark symptoms were sudden, uncharacteristic changes in mood and behaviour; ‘those that be frantic… rage furiously, so that they cannot…

Webinar: Experiences of War, Injury, and (Chronic) Pain (15th-16th centuries)

February 1, 2024 – Bianca FROHNE (Kiel University, Germany) – „What pain I suffered during that time, anyone can well imagine…“ Experiences of War, Injury, and (Chronic) Pain (15th-16th centuries). In this paper I will discuss (chronic) pain experiences in the later Middle Ages from disability studies and crip perspectives, focusing on pain narratives in…

Seminar: “Medical writer’s quibbles about genitourinary patients in early modern England”

8th February 2024 – Dr Jennifer Evans (University of Hertfordshire) – Registration details to follow. TITLE: ‘‘He was ashamed to let me know of it, and thought to have got cured otherwise without my knowledge’: Medical writer’s quibbles about genitourinary patients in early modern England.’ ABSTRACT: This seminar considers the extent to which disorders affecting…

CFP Deadline: Renaissance Hybridity – Graduate Early Modern Student Society

Renaissance Hybridity deadline for submissions: January 31, 2024 full name / name of organization: University of Wisconsin–Madison Graduate Early Modern Student Society contact email: alksnis@wisc.edu Renaissance Hybridity Graduate Early Modern Student Society Seventh Annual Symposium Friday, April 26, 2024 UW–Madison Memorial Library Special Collections & Hybrid over Zoom Keynote Speaker: Lindsey Row-Heyveld, Associate Professor of…

Speaking in Hands: Deafness in Renaissance Europe

WITH LIVE BSL INTEPRETATION AND CLOSED CAPTIONS. A public online history lecture by Dr Rosamund Oates, Reader in Early Modern History, FRHistS. Manchester Metropolitan University. Dr Oates is an expert in Early Modern England (c. 1450-1750), working on the cultural and religious history of the past. She is currently working on a history of deafness…

(Deadline Extended) CFP: Milton and Disability at RSA 2024

“The Milton Society of America will propose a panel at the RSA 2024 that promotes the work of premodern disability studies. We invite paper submissions that consider any aspect of John Milton’s writings, life, historical and literary contexts, and intellectual legacy through the lens of critical disability studies. For consideration, please submit an abbreviated CV…

CFP Deadline: Milton and Disability (RSA 2024)

The Milton Society of America will propose a panel at the RSA 2024 that promotes the work of premodern disability studies. We invite paper submissions that consider any aspect of John Milton’s writings, life, historical and literary contexts, and intellectual legacy through the lens of critical disability studies. For consideration, please submit an abbreviated CV…