Session Title

Food, Feast, and Famine: Core Elements and Future Directions in the Interdisciplinary Study of Medieval Food and Famine (A Roundtable)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

International Medieval Congress, Univ. of Leeds

Organizer Name

Axel E. W. Müller

Organizer Affiliation

Institute for Medieval Studies, Univ. of Leeds

Presider Name

Axel E. W. Müller

Paper Title 1

Discussant

Presenter 1 Name

Paul Freedman

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Yale Univ.

Paper Title 2

Discussant

Presenter 2 Name

Philip Slavin

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Kent

Paper Title 3

Discussant

Presenter 3 Name

Iona McCleery

Presenter 3 Affiliation

School of History, Univ. of Leeds

Paper Title 4

Discussant

Presenter 4 Name

Martha Carlin

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Start Date

14-5-2015 7:30 PM

Session Location

Fetzer 2016

Description

In 2016, the special thematic strand of the Leeds International Medieval Congress will be ‘Food, Feast, and Famine’. The study of food, the lack of food (famine) and ritualised, excessive eating of foods (feast) are multi-discipline research areas attracting specialists in literary texts, philology and codicology, visual and material culture, bioarchaeology, finance and law, theology, church history, medicine and everyday life as well as practitioners in schools, museums, historical re-enactment groups, and the film industry. Food forms a crucial link between past and present for teachers, librarians, students, and curators alike. The growth of interest in medieval food, cooking, and eating behaviours has developed so fast in recent years that there is a need now to pause for reflection, define the parameters of the subject, and ask new research questions of a wider range of sources.

This roundtable discussion is intended to broaden the issues raised in the preceding session and to establish a conceptual framework for food and famine, aiming to explore the subject from international and interdisciplinary angles, providing 'food for thought' on the grouping of food, feast, and famine, bringing social and economic historians, archaeologists, theologians, and art historians together with those in literary fields, with the aim of identifying key areas of research for the future.

Axel E.W. Müller

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May 14th, 7:30 PM

Food, Feast, and Famine: Core Elements and Future Directions in the Interdisciplinary Study of Medieval Food and Famine (A Roundtable)

Fetzer 2016

In 2016, the special thematic strand of the Leeds International Medieval Congress will be ‘Food, Feast, and Famine’. The study of food, the lack of food (famine) and ritualised, excessive eating of foods (feast) are multi-discipline research areas attracting specialists in literary texts, philology and codicology, visual and material culture, bioarchaeology, finance and law, theology, church history, medicine and everyday life as well as practitioners in schools, museums, historical re-enactment groups, and the film industry. Food forms a crucial link between past and present for teachers, librarians, students, and curators alike. The growth of interest in medieval food, cooking, and eating behaviours has developed so fast in recent years that there is a need now to pause for reflection, define the parameters of the subject, and ask new research questions of a wider range of sources.

This roundtable discussion is intended to broaden the issues raised in the preceding session and to establish a conceptual framework for food and famine, aiming to explore the subject from international and interdisciplinary angles, providing 'food for thought' on the grouping of food, feast, and famine, bringing social and economic historians, archaeologists, theologians, and art historians together with those in literary fields, with the aim of identifying key areas of research for the future.

Axel E.W. Müller