27-29 June 2012  

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

09.00-10.00  Registration in front of Room 1129, Anthropole Building

10.00-10.15  Welcome: François Rosset, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Lausanne, Room 1129

10.15-11.15  Plenary lecture 1, Room 1129 [chair: Rachel Falconer, University of Lausanne]

                       Heinrich von Staden (Princeton University):
Writing Science in Antiquity:  Aristotle, Pliny the Elder and Galen

11.30-13.00 Parallel sessions 1

A. MONSTROUS BIRTHS [session chair: Louise Wilson, University of St Andrews]

1. Emma Depledge (University of Geneva): ‘A Nest of Nunnes Egges, Strangely Hatched’: Pregnancy, Miscarriage, and Female Transgression in Anti-Catholic Propaganda of the Late 1670s and Early 1680s

2. Lucy Perry (University of Geneva): ‘ffendes-in-bedde, as our bokes sayn’ (Robert Mannyng’s Chronicle): Demonic Discourse, Demonic Intercourse, and the Birth of Merlin.

3. Erzsi Kukorelly(University of Geneva): Breeding Like Rabbits: Monstrous Generation and the Proliferation of Popular Print in Early Eighteenth-Century England

B. THE RUPTURED SKIN [session chair: John McGee, University of Geneva]

1. Katrin Rupp (University of Neuchâtel): (Un)Healthy Appetite: Medicinal Cannibalism in Richard Coeur de Lion

2. Joanne Winning (Birkbeck, University of London): The Meaning of Skin and Surgical Subjectivity

3. Sophie Ying-chiao Lin (National Taiwan Normal University): ‘every noise appals me’: Macbeth’s Plagued Ear

C. PHYSIC AND PSYCHE [session chair: Neil Forsyth, University of Lausanne]

1. Juliette Vuille (University of Lausanne): ‘Witte it welle, it was na ravinge that thowe sawe today’: Diagnosis and Contextualization of Medieval Female Mystics

2. Lisanna Calvi (University of Verona): ‘Is’t Lunacy to call a Spade a Spade?’: James Carkesse and the Forgotten Language of Madness

3. Cinta Zunino-Garrido (University of Jaen): Physic and Psyche on the Early Modern English Stage 

13.00-14.30 Lunch break and/or registration

14.30-16.00 Parallel sessions 2

A. STAGING CHILDBIRTH AND SICKNESS [session chair: Antoinina Bevan Zlatar, University of Zurich]

 1. Tamás Karáth (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest): Staging Childbirth: Medical and Popular Discourses of Parturition and Midwifery in the English Mystery Cycle Plays

2. John McGee (University of Geneva): Lovesickness in Romeo and Juliet  

B. ‘EVEN SO QUICKLY MAY ONE CATCH THE PLAGUE?’ [session chair: Christa Jansohn, University of Bamberg]

1. Paola Baseotto (University of Insubria, Como): Religion and Medicine: Plague Writings by Elizabethan and Early Stuart Churchmen

2. Julia D. Staykova (independent scholar): The Discourse of Disease in the Anti-Theatrical Pamphlets, 1570s-1630s

3. Tommi Kakko (University of Tampere): Galenic and Empiricist Medicine in Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year 

C. OPTICS [session chair: Margaret Bridges, University of Bern]

1-2. Annette Kern-Stähler (University of Bern) and Beatrix Busse (University of Heidelberg): Blindness, Sightedness and the ‘In-Between’: The Diversity of Blindness in Middle English Language and Literature 

3. Anne-Valérie Dulac (Paris Est Créteil University): London and Baghdad: Sir Philip Sidney’s Ornaments Viewed from the History of Optics

16.00- 16.30 Coffee break

16.30-18.00  Parallel sessions 3

A. MAGICKING HEALTH AND SICKNESS [session chair: Sarah Baccianti, University of Lausanne]

1. Susan Zavoti (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest): Blame it on the Elves – Perception of Sickness in Anglo-Saxon England

2. Milagros Torrado-Cespón (University of Santiago de Compostela): Some Notes about the Evil Eye Tradition and Witchcraft in England during the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

B.  ACCESSING MEDICAL AND SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE [session chair: Indira Ghose, University of Fribourg]

1. Clarissa Chenovick (Fordham University, New York): ‘Malveis coer’ and ‘malveis char’: Meditation as Surgery in the Livre de Seyntz Medicines

2. A. Gwyndaf Garbutt (University of Toronto): Evidence and the Exotic: Exploring Evidence Use in the Defective Version of The Book of John Mandeville

3. Helen Smith (University of York): ‘A medicine for the scorpion’s sting’: Divinity and Physic in Early Modern England

C. THEORIES OF THE SENSES [session chair: Elisabeth Dutton, University of Fribourg]

1. Marsha L. Dutton (Ohio University): Love’s Mirrors: Questions of Ocular Science in Guillaume de Lorris’s Roman de la Rose

2. Claire Bardelmann (University of Metz): ‘Had I no eyes but ears’: Early Modern Theories of Perception and the Rhetoric of the Senses in Venus and Adonis

18.15-19.15  Plenary lecture 2, Room 1129 [chair: Denis Renevey, University of Lausanne]

                       Eric Masserey (Lausanne) and Vincent Barras (University of Lausanne):
Reality or Fiction? Itineraries in Medicine and Literature, with Reference to Eric Masserey’s Le Retour aux Indes and other Texts: a dialogue

19.15-19.45 Musical interlude with Gaël Liardon (guitar and vocals)

19.45-21.30  Conference reception in the main hall, in front of room 1129


Thursday, 28 June 2012

08.15-9.00              SAMEMES AGM

9.30-11.00 Parallel sessions 4

A. STAGING SICKNESS (II) [session chair: Erzsi Kukorelly, University of Geneva]

1. Estella Antoaneta Ciobanu (Ovidius University, Constanța): The Truth(s) of the Body in Pieces in Middle English Passion Plays, or How to Make an Anatomical Imaginary before Early Modern Anatomy

2. Hanako Endo (Jissen Women’s University, Hino): Apothecary in Romeo and Juliet

3. Beatrice Montedoro (University of Geneva): Words as Sickness – the Dramatization of Bewitchment in Middleton’s The Witch (c. 1613-16) and Dekker’s The Witch of Edmonton (1621?)

B. SPIRITUAL DISEASE AND HEALING [session chair: Emma Depledge, University of Geneva]

1. Christiania Whitehead (University of Warwick): Spiritual Healing: Healing Miracles Associated with the Twelfth-Century Northern Cult of St Cuthbert

2. Virginia Langum (University of Umeå): Medicine and Sin in Gower

3. Eleonora Oggiano (University of Verona): Here’s a med’cine, for the nones: Practicing the Art of Healing in Jacobean England

C. GENDERED HEALING [session chair: Lucy Perry, University of Geneva]

1. Naoë Kukita Yoshikawa (Shizuoka University): Post-mortem Care of the Soul: Mechtild of Hackeborn’s the Booke of Gostlye Grace

2. Lyn Bennett (Dalhousie University, Halifax): Women Writers and the 17th-Century Rhetoric of Healing

12.30-19.00 Social programme


Friday, 29 June 2012 

09.30-10.30              Plenary lecture 3, Room 1129 [chair: Margaret Tudeau-Clayton, University of Neuchâtel]

                                   Margaret Healy (University of Sussex):
Paracelsian Medicine and Female Creativity: Distilling Medicines and Healing Poetry

10.30-11.00              Coffee break

11.00-12.30              Parallel sessions 5

A. THE INFORMED READER: TEXTS, BODIES AND AUDIENCES IN THE MIDDLE AGES [session chair: Rahel Orgis, University of Neuchâtel]

1. Anke Timmerman (Medical University of Vienna): When Medicine Met Alchemy: Viennese Alchemica and their Readers

2. Katie L. Walter (University of Bochum): Digby MS 233: Medicine and the Chivalric Reader

3. Mary C. Flannery (University of London): Emotion, Exposure, and the Ideal Reader in Middle English Gynaecological Texts

B. ARTS OF HEALING [session chair: Madeline Ruegg, Freie Universität Berlin]

1. Liz Herbert McAvoy (Swansea University): Bathing in Blood: The Medicinal Cures of Anchoritic Devotion

2. Indira Ghose (University of Fribourg): The Paradox of Laughter in the Early Modern Period

C. TIME AND SPACE [session chair: Fiona Tolhurst, University of Geneva]

1. Stefania D’Agata D’Ottavi (Università per Stranieri, Siena): Between Astronomy and Astrology: Chaucer’s Treatise on the Astrolabe and the Measurement of Time in Late-Medieval England

2. Tamsin Theresa Badcoe (University of East Anglia): Mariners, Maps and Metaphors: Lucas Waghenaer and the Poetics of Space

3. Louise Noble (University of New England, Armidale): ‘Let others tell the Paradox’: Andrew Marvell and Early Modern Hydrological Science

12.30-14.00              Lunch break

14.00-15.00              Plenary lecture 4, Room 1129 [chair: Lukas Erne, University of Geneva]

                                   Jennifer Richards (Newcastle University): 
Diagnosing the body politic in William Shakespeare’s  Henry IV, Part Two

15.00-15.30              Coffee break

15.30-17.00              Parallel sessions 6

A. TEXTS AND BODIES OF MSS [session chair: Olga Timofeeva, University of Zurich]

1. Peter Bovenmyer (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Configuring Surgery, Sanctity, and Salvation: A Reassessment of the Imagery in Roger Frugard’s Chirurgia (BL MS Sloane 1977)

2. Alessandra Petrina (Università degli Studi, Padua): British Library, MS Additional 60577: A Scientific and Didactic Collection

3. Patricia Ronan (University of Lausanne): John of Gaddesden’s Rosa Anglica and its Translation into Irish

B. RHETORIC AND THE BODY [session chair: Rory Critten, University of Groningen]

1. David Thorley (Durham University): Milton’s Letter to Philaras: The Patient as Prophet

2. Roy Sellars (University of St Gallen): Not Uninvented

C. NARRATING HEALTH AND DISEASE [session chair: Eva Grädel, University of Bern]

1. Edith Snook (University of New Brunswick): ‘Read(ing) of the vertue of those hearbs and flowres which I had wrought’: Elizabeth Isham, Needlework, and Medicine

2. Louise Wilson (University of St Andrews): Salutary Tales?: Reading, Health and Early Modern Romance’

3. Laetitia Sansonetti (Ecole Polytechnique, France): Syphilis or Melancholy? Desire as Disease in Spenser’s Faerie Queene (1590)

17.15-18.15              Plenary lecture 5, Room 1129 [chair: Annette Kern-Stähler, University of Bern]

                                   Anthony Hunt (University of Oxford): Anglo-Norman: The Missing Link?

19.30-23.30              Drinks followed by conference dinner