Montserrat Cabré: Dissection, Domestic Caring, and Women's Religious Practice in 13th Century Iberia
UT Humanities Center 7th Annual Distinguished Lecture Series
How do the history of caring and the history of dissection surprisingly overlap? A thirteenth-century song about the Cantigas de Santa María of Alfonso The Wise, king of Castile (1252-1284) may give us some clues. Professor Cabré will explore song number 188 as it is contained in the Códice rico, a manuscript copy composed of musical notation, lyrics, and a series of illuminations recounting each of the miracles in the Cantigas, a collection of 420 miracles written in Galaico- Portuguese at King Alfonso’s scriptorium. She will reference a modern performance of the song by the ensemble Música Antigua, directed by Eduardo Paniagua, which conveys how the story was transmitted through music and lyrics.
Montserrat Cabré is associate professor of the history of science at the Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, and accredited full professor by the National Office for the Evaluation of Academic Excellence. She has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge University, MIT, and Harvard University. In addition to publishing extensively in the areas of medieval and early modern women’s health practices, the history of the body, and the history of women’s knowledges, she has been coeditor-in-chief of the open access journal Dynamis. She is academic director of Gender Equality and Social Responsibility at the Universidad de Cantabria.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, February 6 at 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Strong Hall, Room 101
1621 West Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996