ICMS Kalamazoo 2020: Medieval Habits

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Ryan Lawrence, Cornell University
contact email: 


This panel invites 15-20 minute papers concerned with medieval notions of habit. 

The Latin habitus and the Middle English habit can mean “clothing,” “appearance,” “dwelling,” “bodily and mental constitution,” and “practice or behavior.” This panel draws on this wide range of meaning in order to bring together a variety of texts and contexts concerned with habit, including monastic and mystical texts, Aristotelean commentaries, medical texts, and legal and agricultural guides. How do habits shape medieval life? What do everyday, habitual ways of life tell us about medieval devotional practice, philosophy, labor, economy, bodily comportment, land use, and other aspects of medieval culture?  

This panel encourages engagement with approaches of recent interest, such as phenomenology, material culture, and modes of everydayness, as well as more traditional approaches, such as historical practice and theology.

Please submit a 250-word abstract to Ryan Lawrence and Seth Strickland at rwl224@cornell.edu by September 15th.