Understanding Animals, 1150-1350

Lead Research Organisation: Goldsmiths College
Department Name: History

Abstract

The aim of the project was to analyse the major shifts in attitudes towards animals in the period 1150-1350. It could be demonstrated that these changes were not primarily the consequence of advances in knowledge, but reflected wider social and economic developments.
Within the sphere of learning, translations of classical Greek zoological texts were essentially used as additional stores of information that could be incorporated into familiar practices, using animals as moralistic and didactic examples. The growth of regional variation in attitudes is indicative of their close link with wider economic and cultural developments, and the proliferation of knowledge about animals.
This encouraged a move from the small set of traditional examples towards a far wider repertoire of animal-based Ideas and Images, featuring in particular those that played important roles in everyday life, whether in entertainment or economic contexts.
The main output is a book entitled Understanding Animals, 1150-1350, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan In 2007. This will be followed up by more detailed studies applying the results to specific animals or types of evidence, and in a new research project concerned with the role of animals in late medieval everyday life.

Publications

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Resl, Brigitte; Page, Sophie; De Leemans, Pieter; Beullens, Pieter; Klemm, Matthew; Smets, An; Pascua, Esther; Kiser, Lisa J. (2009) A Cultural History of Animals in the Medieval Age

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Resl, Brigitte; Page, Sophie; De Leemans, Pieter; Beullens, Pieter; Klemm, Matthew; Smets, An; Pascua, Esther; Kiser, Lisa J. (2009) A Cultural History of Animals in the Medieval Age

 
Description Animaliter, Louvain-la-Neuve 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact paper based on one of the key case studies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Central European University, Budapest 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact Paper discussing over-interpretation of animal symbolism in the thirteenth century
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description Institute for Medieval Studies, Leeds 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Paper summarising key findings
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description International Medieval Congress 2008, special strand 'the natural world' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Special strand organiser; sessions devoted to volume 2 of 'A Cultural History of Animals'; introducing key note speakers; roundtable discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description London Medieval Society. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Paper presenting initial framework of the developing project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity Pre-2006
 
Description UCL, Neale Colloquium, March 2006 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Paper based on key findings about changes to attitudes to animals in the thirteenth century.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006
 
Description University of Edinburgh. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Paper testing findings on changes to visual representations of animals in the thirteenth century
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006
 
Description University of Kent. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Paper explaining changes to visual representation of animals in thirteenth century
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity Pre-2006
 
Description University of Vienna, Institut fuer Oesterreichische Geschichtsforschung 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Paper based on key final findings
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description University of York. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Paper discussing key findings regarding biblical influences
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006