Reproduction and Control in Medieval Abrahamic Traditions: Contraception, Fertility, Abortion
This panel seeks to examine cross-confessional cultural attitudes to the control of human fertility.
In an effort to supplement recent studies that survey medical, theological, and legal discussions of generation
and abortion, we encourage scholars to move beyond authoritative or prescriptive texts, drawing on under-utilized
sources for this subject, such as literary texts, aesthetic productions, and hagiographic materials. By anchoring
our discussions in a broad array of sources on contraception, abortion, and the maintenance of regular menstruation,
this panel aims to provide nuance and a comparative frame in the scholarly perception of the control of fertility
in the Middle Ages.
Associate Professor of History
Affiliated Faculty in Religious Studies
Steering Cmte: Women, Gender, Sexuality
University of Tennessee, Knoxville