Annual Symposium: Body and Soul, 7th and 8th May

EMREM would like to announce the program for the Annual Postgraduate Symposium, this year on the theme ‘Body and Soul’. Please send in your registration forms, we look forward to seeing you there!

 Day 1 (7th May 2015)

10:30-11:30: Registration
Welcome Address and Refreshments

11:30-13:30 Panel 1—Saintly Souls in Human Bodies

Chair: Georgie Fitzgibbon

Ian Styler (Birmingham) – Saint Æthelthryth of Ely and the Miracle Stories of the Liber Eliensis: The Body of the Saint as Protector, Guardian, Healer and Advocate

Patrick McGhee (Cambridge) – ‘Afflicted in soule, or bodie’: Unbelief, the Senses and the Body in Nicholas Bownde’s ‘The vnbeleefe of S. Thom-as’ (1608)

Joseph Parsonage (Birmingham) – Mother and Son in Byzantine Hagiography

Rhiannon Teather (Bristol) – ‘We desire to parallel in the felicity of their death’: Body and Soul in Jesuit Accounts of Martyrdoms in England, Japan and New France c. 1580-1680

13:30-14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:00 Panel 2 – The Body in Sexual and Spiritual Love

Chair: Alix Lowe

Erik Claeson (Lund) – Ecce sponsus venit – The Mystical Marriage in the Sermons of the Confessor General Nicolaus Ragvaldi to the Sisters in the Ab-bey of Vadstena, 1501-1506

John England (Liverpool) – The Beautiful Body: Representations of Beauty, the Body and Gender in Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis and Marlowe’s Hero and Leander

Catherine Ellis (Durham) – The Machine-Man’s Immortal Soul? Sex, Pleasure and the ‘Soul’ in La Mettrie’s L’Art de Jouir (1751)

16:00-16:30 Tea Break

16:30-18:00 Panel 3—Writing on the Body: The Book as Body and the Body in Books

Chair: Claire Harrill

Kate Sargan (Oxford) – Bodies Marking Books: Ecologies of the Codex, Ecologies of the Scriptorium

Julia Mattison (Oxford) – Brutish Bodies, English Souls: Understanding Manicules in Manuscripts of the Prose Brut

Delia Sarson (Reading) – Angels as Protectors of Bodies and Souls: Evi-dence from c.15th Latin Manuscript Books of Hours produced in England or for the English Market

18:00-19:30 Wine Reception (sponsored by the Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages, University of Birmingham)

20:00-23:00 Conference Dinner

Day 2 (8th May 2015)

10:00-10:30 Registration

10:00-12:00 Panel 1 – The Body and Soul After Death

Chair: Libby Gill

Melanie Peters-Turner (Birmingham) – Caring for the Soul when the Body is Gone: the Works of Corporal Mercy in Testamentary Practice

Rosemary Keep (Birmingham) – ‘Learning to Counterfeit Virtue’: Grandpar-ents in Early Modern Portraits

Anne Thompson (Warwick) – ‘The Image of Piety, an Example of Goodness throughout her Life, a Mirror of Virtue and Integrity’: the Elizabethan Clergy Wife as Represented in Memorials

Murray Andrews (University College London) – Treasure for the Dead? Coins from the 10th-16th century graves in England and Wales

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:30 Panel 2 – Sinning Body and Holy Soul: The Medical Perspective

Chair: Rebeca Cubas-Pena

Lorraine de la Verpillière (Cambridge) – Sinful Soul and Melancholy Body: A New Interpretation of Jean Duvet’s Plate of the Despair and Suicide of Judas

Éilis Noonan (St Andrews) – ‘And Adam Knew Eve, His Wife’: Religious and Medical Perspectives on Sexual Difference and the Early Modern Body

Margaret Bullett (Huddersfield) – Suffering and Swooning in the Pulpit: Post-Reformation Preaching and the Body

14:30-15:00 Tea Break

15:00-16:30 Panel 3 – The Non-Human Body

Chair: Bernadette McCooey

Emily Buffey (Birmingham) – The Blacke Dogge of Newgate or ‘the divel in such a likenesse’: Posthumous Publication and the Legacy of Luke Hutton

Christian Kusi-Obodum (Birmingham) – The Incubus and the Death of al-Manṣur

Caroline R. Batten (Oxford) – Shape-Shifting, Skin-Changing: Body and Essence in Old Norse Literature

16:30-17:00 Refreshments


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