El pasado mes de diciembre informamos acerca del congreso de historiadores de la Europa rural que se celebrará este año, del 11 al 14 de septiembre, en Lovaina. Ahora nos llega la noticia de la sesión de este congreso organizada por Frederic Aparisi Romero, de la Universidad de Valencia, con el tema “Medicalizando la sociedad rural en la Edad Media”, puesto que se está buscando otro conferenciante para completar la sesión. Hemos visto varios investigadores españoles en el programa, estaría bien completarlo con un historiador de la veterinaria. Aunque es cierto que el envío de la propuesta ha de ser muy rápido. ENLACE
En fin, os dejo la noticia tal cual la he recibido:
Frederic Aparisi Romero from the University of Valencia is organising a session on ‘Medicalising Rural Society in the Middle Ages’ at the European Rural History Society conference in Leuven, 11-14 September 2017: https://kuleuvencongres.be/ruralhistory2017 . I am joining the session, but he is seeking one further speaker. This is a very interesting topic area, and it would be great to have a full session. The abstract for the session is below. Unfortunately, it’s short notice – the title and abstract need to be submitted tomorrow 31 January.
With many thanks, Elma Brenner
Rural History Conference
2017, September 11th-14th, Leuven.
Title Panel: Medicalising the rural society in the middle ages
Panel (Abstract number): 55
Organizer: Frederic Aparisi (Universitat de València)
The study of the medicine in the rural communities during the Middle Ages has
hardly attracted the attention of researchers. Rural historians have preferred
focusing on socioeconomic issues while those dedicated to the history of
medicine have centred on the urban sphere, where sources are much more
fecund. As a result, we do know very little about health-care in the rural areas
of medieval Europe.
This session addresses the level of medicalising of the rural communities in
Medieval Europe through two issues. First, this panel aims to map the rural
hospitals of a given region and evaluate the dependence on the city also in this
topic. Another essential question that this session seeks to answer is who attend
the people at the hospitals and what grade of medical formation they had.
Medieval hospitals took care of not only sick people but for the poor and even
for the pilgrims. Beyond health care, these institutions offered spiritual service,
so religion and medicine were hand in hand. Another important aspect of
studying is the economy of these welfare centres since we have evidence for
both private -farmers or lord’s manor- and public -by the peasant communityfoundations.
The study of the sources of income is essential to understand their
viability and why some of them will disappear in the early modern period. A
final aspect related to the hospitals is the study of the building: were they
unique constructions in the village or, by the contrary, they were typical
edifices roughly adapted to their function? Which division of the spaces do we
find in them?
Second, this panel focuses on medical practitioners (barbers, surgeons or even
doctors) of these rural areas. We want to deepen this collective from a
socioeconomic look (who were they? Did they belong to the community? Which
were their incomes?) but also from the perspective of the history of medicine
(treatments they applied, resources they had, or who did contract their
All in all, this session tries to connect rural historians with our colleagues of
history of the medicine through an interesting topic for both disciplines.
Paper proposals on every European area in the period considered are welcome.
The proposals had to be sent before 31st January 2017 to Frederic Aparisi