Call for Papers. Leeds IMC 2023: ‘Searching for Health and the Holy: Traces in Texts and Topography’

I am delighted to be able to share the following CfP for the International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2023.

Below you will find a copy of the CfP as a jpg image. A text version of the CfP can be found below that too.

Text version:

Searching for Health and the Holy: Traces in Texts and Topography

For IMC 2023: ‘Networks and Entanglements’ (July 2023)

Sponsors: The Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies/

Department of History, University of Reading

Panel Abstract:

This/these panels seek to consider the ways in which connections could be built, and blurred, and what this meant in terms of understanding and experiencing the saintly and the prophetic. Abstracts are welcomed on any element that connects to health and/or the holy, including:

  • the spread and development of saints’ cults (textually, orally, culturally etc.)
    • pilgrimage and guidance for pilgrims/pilgrimage (especially in travel)
    • tracing signs/symbols of sanctity/pilgrimage through the landscape (e.g., in development of noble/religious networks)
    • journeys made by the saints themselves (real or meditative), and saintly networks/networking
  • networks of health and healthcare practice/belief good/bad omens in writing and in practice (e.g., brontology, astrology, medical etc.)
    • reading the signs of health and the search for ‘recovery’ (e.g., prognostics)
    • travel and trade in relation to health and medical practice monastic
    • hospitia (communal networks, locations on roads etc.)

If you would be interested in speaking on this panel/these panels, please email a short abstract (max. 200 words) and a brief biography to Ruth Salter (via no later than Friday 9 September (by the end of the working day).

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