Call for papers
This session aims to extend the Kalamazoo 2015 session on Henry Daniel, a Dominican friar and the first known figure to write authoritative medicine in Middle English, by considering more broadly the medieval English uroscopic tradition to which Daniel was an early contributor. Uroscopy was the primary means of diagnosing illness in the late Middle Ages, and was for that reason a type of knowledge that circulated widely, at all levels of expertise. Despite its necessity to and influence on medieval medical practice, English uroscopy is still very much understudied in medieval scholarship.
The panel will showcase the scholarship being undertaken in this burgeoning field. Papers given here should be of interest to scholars of medical history, intellectual history, the history of the English language, vernacularization, and text editing. Topics may include, but are not limited to: English friars writing on or practicing uroscopy (e.g., Daniel himself, the Franciscan compiler/author of the mid-fifteenth-century “Book of Narborough,” friars in medically-themed marginalia and historiated initials, etc.); the relationship between English uroscopy and its Latin and/or Arabic sources; prefatory material to English uroscopic treatises; the influence or reception of medieval English uroscopy.
Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and should clearly indicate the significance, line of argument, text(s) examined, and relation to existing scholarship (if possible). Interested presenters must submit their abstracts to the organizer, Sarah Star, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a 50-word biographical note in the body of the email. Application deadline: September 15, 2015.