Lecture 'The Women’s Arts Only? Managing Childbirth in Medieval Japan'

For whom
Students, Employees, Alumni
When
11-09-2019 from 10:00 to 12:00
Where
Auditorium 4 Jaap Kruithof, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent
Language
English
Organizer
Centre for Research on Culture and Gender, Department of Languages and Cultures
Contact
Carine.Plancke@ugent.be
Website
http://www.culturegender.ugent.be/GRS2019/Lectures
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Lecture by Anna Andreeva (University of Heidelberg).

Based on recently discovered medico-religious manuscripts and court protocols dating between 1118 and 1337, this lecture will focus on the “gendered choreographies” of childbirth taking place inside and outside of the secluded birth chamber, that is, the actions of people who inhabited such spaces during the tense moments of royal consort’s labour. Closed to male physicians, relatives, and ritual specialists and accessible only to female assistants and ladies-in-waiting, the birth chamber and its immediate surroundings will thus serve as a stage for practicing the various “arts of judgment” and gendered knowledge by both women and men, who specialized in midwifery, Buddhist rituals, Chinese traditional healing or administration of drugs, exorcism, and calculative divination.

Anna Andreeva is senior researcher at the University of Heidelberg.