Animals in Medieval Culture
Joseph Rotblat Building G05/6
London EC1M 6BQ
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London Medieval Society Colloquium 6th May 2017.
The London Medieval Society is an academic society, founded in 1945, its patron is Professor Caroline Barron and its president is Dr Alfred Hiatt. We meet three times each academic year to discuss a particular theme ot thesis, bringing together eminent and early career researchers.
Our final colloquium of this academic year is on 'Animals in Medieval Culture'.
Is this the 'animal turn'? Lacan described the thought of an elephant as more important than a whole host of actual pachyderms - but how did people in the Middle Ages consider animals - both real and imaginary? London Medieval Society is honoured and delighted to welcome Bob Mills (UCL), Sheila Sweetinburgh (Kent) and Trish Stewart (Oxford English Dictionary) to debate, discourse, and define this fascinating topic. We shall cover not only rethinking Matthew Paris's elephant but also rethinking the medieval pig - as well as exploring the naming of animals. Even that fantastic creature the Phoenix appears.
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