Session Title

Medieval Necropolitics: Dead Bodies and Living Systems

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Rachel S. Anderson

Organizer Affiliation

Grand Valley State Univ.

Presider Name

Rachel S. Anderson

Paper Title 1

The Body's Here, the Tomb's There, and the Effigy's behind that Pier: Necropolitics at Medieval Quedlinburg

Presenter 1 Name

Karen Blough

Presenter 1 Affiliation

SUNY-Plattsburgh

Paper Title 2

Testamentary Practice in Old Lübeck: Channeling the Living along with the Dead

Presenter 2 Name

Judith Potter

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Paper Title 3

The Corpse as Testimony: Judgment, Verdict, and the Elizabethan Stage

Presenter 3 Name

Thea Tomaini

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Southern California

Start Date

15-5-2016 10:30 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1135

Description

This session will focus on the intersection between the anthropology of death in the Middle Ages -- i.e. the treatment of dead bodies (both human and non-human), the rituals surrounding death, and the special case of saints' bodies (relics) after their death -- and the current theoretical, and often woefully neglecting of the medieval, discussions about the biopolitical model developed by Michel Foucault and interrogated by scholars such as Georgio Agamben, Roberto Esposito, and Eugene Thacker, among others. In many ways, our work as medievalists can both challenge and deepen the ideas these theorists present about the role of non/post-living bodies in society. This session proposes to bring together several papers that explore this intersection in new and compelling directions.

This session will be of interest to, and draw on the current work of, scholars interested in material culture, ecocriticism/animal studies, hagiographic studies, and religious studies, among others. By being overtly interdisciplinary, this session will also contribute to a culture of collaboration and cross-pollination of ideas among those in attendance at the Congress.

Rachel S. Anderson

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May 15th, 10:30 AM

Medieval Necropolitics: Dead Bodies and Living Systems

Schneider 1135

This session will focus on the intersection between the anthropology of death in the Middle Ages -- i.e. the treatment of dead bodies (both human and non-human), the rituals surrounding death, and the special case of saints' bodies (relics) after their death -- and the current theoretical, and often woefully neglecting of the medieval, discussions about the biopolitical model developed by Michel Foucault and interrogated by scholars such as Georgio Agamben, Roberto Esposito, and Eugene Thacker, among others. In many ways, our work as medievalists can both challenge and deepen the ideas these theorists present about the role of non/post-living bodies in society. This session proposes to bring together several papers that explore this intersection in new and compelling directions.

This session will be of interest to, and draw on the current work of, scholars interested in material culture, ecocriticism/animal studies, hagiographic studies, and religious studies, among others. By being overtly interdisciplinary, this session will also contribute to a culture of collaboration and cross-pollination of ideas among those in attendance at the Congress.

Rachel S. Anderson