Event: Medieval Studies Day 2024: Pe(s)ts to Parchment. Multidisciplinary Research on Animals in the Middle Ages

Registration via https://event.ugent.be/registration/medievalstudiesday2024 from 21-06-2024 09:00 until 31-10-2024 12:00

Description

Pe(s)ts to Parchment. Multidisciplinary Research on Animals in the Middle Ages

Theme & concept

The recent breakthrough of ‘critical animal studies’ emphasizes the fact that the history of the preindustrial world, and the Middle Ages in particular, can hardly be understood without paying specific attention to animals. Indeed, creatures great and small were everywhere and pervaded nearly all aspects of life. They did so as valuable sources of food, material and energy in everyday life and across economic sectors, but also as symbols of power, as dreaded pests or carriers of cataclysmic disease and of course as objects of inspiration and imagination in art and literature. The relation between humans and animals – often exploitative or utilistic –  has been broadly studied for some decades, and the same is true for the sociocultural or symbolic significances of certain species in the Middle Ages. On the other hand, the study of animals in the past in their own right, for example as parts of historical ecosystems or as victims of mass anthropogenic or natural extinctions, is only beginning to be developed, albeit with impactful results. It is high time to take stock of this vibrant multidisciplinary field of medieval animal studies! 

This year’s Medieval Studies Day ‘Pe(s)ts to Parchment’ will bring to the fore perspectives and recent research from ecological and economic history, archaeology, archaeozoology, literary studies, bio-codicology, heraldry and more. The day will consist of a mix of plenary lectures by some of the foremost experts in the field, as well as small-group hands-on workshops to be selected by the participants. The programme will be concluded with parallel sessions in which PhD students from various Flemish and Dutch universities will be offered the opportunity to present their ongoing research, which does not necessarily relate to the central theme of the day. 

Programme

The Medieval Studies Day 2024 will kick off in the evening of Thursday November 7th with an optional cultural activity for early arrivals (registration required). This will be a group visit of the new exhibition ‘Judith. Een Karolingische Prinses in Gent?’/ ‘Judith. A Carolingian Princess in Ghent?’ at the Saint Peter's Abbey (Historische Huizen).

On Friday November 8th, the Medieval Studies Day will take place at conference centre Sint-Baafshuis, Biezekapelstraat 2, Ghent (entrance: Kapittelstraat).

09:45: Welcome with coffee and tea
10:15: Introduction
10:30: Keynote lecture by prof. dr. Thijs Lambrecht (Ghent University)
11:30: Lecture by dr. Antonella Sciancalepore (UC Louvain)
12:00: Lecture by dr. Jordan Claridge (London School of Economics and Political Science)
12:30: Discussion
13:00: Lunch
14:00: Workshops (parallel sessions, registration in advance) - Please note that you can choose only one option for a set of workshops!
 Option 1 (at Boekentoren, Rozier 9, Ghent)
   → Workshop 1:  Bio-codicology with dr. Nicolas Ruffini-Ronzani (Université de Namur)
   → Workshop 2:  Manuscripts from the collection of Ghent University with prof. dr. Jeroen 
       Deploige and prof. dr. Wim Verbaal (Ghent University)
  Option 2 (at Sint-Baafshuis)
   → Workshop 1: Archaeozoology with dr. Anton Ervynck and dr. An Lentacker (Agentschap 
      Onroerend Erfgoed) 
   → Workshop 2: Heraldic and emblematic animals with dr. Hanno Wijsman (IRHT – CNRS)
15:00: Coffee break (Sint-Baafshuis)
15:30: Presentations of ongoing research by PhD students (parallel sessions) 
17:00: Reception

Download programme in PDF

The Medieval Studies Day 2024 is organized by the Flemish Medievalist Association, in cooperation with the Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies at Ghent University and with the support of the Dutch Research School for Medieval Studies.

For more information or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the organisers via secretariaatvwm@gmail.com

Register Option Description Location When? Cost in EUR Available Seats

Medieval Studies Day 2024: Pe(s)ts to Parchment. Multidisciplinary Research on Animals in the Middle Ages

Conference centre 'Sint-Baafshuis', Biezekapelstraat 2, 9000 Gent (entrance: Kapittelstraat)

08-11-2024 09:45 - 18:30

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Workshop 1:  Bio-codicology with dr. Nicolas Ruffini-Ronzani (Université de Namur)

Workshop 2:  Manuscripts from the collection of Ghent University with prof. dr. Jeroen Deploige and prof. dr. Wim Verbaal (Ghent University)

Participants who choose this option will be able to do both workshops, but for practical reasons the group needs to split. 

Please verify that you have selected only one set of afternoon workshops (at Book Tower OR at Sint-Baafshuis)!

Ghent University Library (Book Tower), Special collections (Rozier 9, 9000 Gent)

08-11-2024 14:00 - 15:00

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Workshop 1: Archaeozoology with dr. Anton Ervynck and dr. An Lentacker (Agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed/ Flanders Heritage Agency) 
Workshop 2: Heraldic and emblematic animals with dr. Hanno Wijsman (IRHT – CNRS)

Participants who choose this option will be able to do both workshops, but for practical reasons the group needs to split. 

Please verify that you have selected only one set of afternoon workshops (at Book Tower OR at Sint-Baafshuis)!

Conference centre 'Sint-Baafshuis', Biezekapelstraat 2, 9000 Gent (entrance: Kapittelstraat)

08-11-2024 14:00 - 15:00

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A group visit to the new exhibition 'Judith. Een Karolingische Prinses in Gent? / Judith. A Carolingian Princess in Ghent?' will be an (optional) cultural activity for early arrivals on the evening of Thursday 7 November 2024 (timing below is indicative, details will follow). The exhibition will take place in Saint Peter's Abbey (Historische Huizen). Please select if you wish to participate.

Saint Peter's Abbey (Historische Huizen), Sint-Pietersplein 9, 9000 Gent

07-11-2024 18:00 - 19:30

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