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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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Wilhelm Levison Memorial Workshop 2018 on Taste and the Body in Medieval England

6th June 2018, 11:00 to 13:00, History Department, Seminar Room 1, 43 North Bailey, Dr Alban Gautier, Dr Debby Banham, Dr Laura Kalas Williams
Each year we host a seminar series around a particular theme or topic, a number of public lectures, and a variety of conferences, colloquia and other types of event. We are also hosting a follow up workshop for this event on Taste and the Body in Medieval England with Dr Alban Gautier, Dr Debby Banham and Dr Laura Kalas Williams.
Wilhelm Levison Memorial Lecture Workshop on Taste and the Body in Medieval England

About the Workshop

How did people in medieval England conceptualise the body and its sense of taste? How did these ideas intersect with religion, gender, and economics? In this workshop we will explore some of the questions raised by Alban Gautier in his Wilhelm Levison Memorial Lecture on "Taste and the Body in Anglo-Saxon England". Two special contributors will help expand and challenge our perspectives further: Debby Banham will speak on "Women's Work and the Body in Anglo-Saxon England", and Laura Kalas Williams will discuss her paper "The Swetenesse of Confection", on a recipe for digestive sweets inserted in a manuscript of The Book of Margery Kempe. (Papers by both to be circulated by email in advance.) All are welcome to join us in what promises to be a varied and thought-provoking discussion. Places are limited, so please email to book your attendance.

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