Appel à contribution – Medieval Equestrianism

Medieval Equestrianism at the International Medieval Congress 2017, Leeds
Dates: 3-6 July 2017

‘It is intriguing to reflect that everyone in the Middle Ages, as a matter of course, must have been able to guess the social rank of every horse that came in sight, just as they recognized ranks of people. Horses and people intermingled everywhere, locked in a relationship that made indispensable to each other.’ (Joan Thirsk, ‘Foreword’ to Ann Hyland, The Horse in the Middle Ages (Stroud: Sutton, 1999))

Following the success of Medieval Equestrianism Sessions at the IMC Leeds 2016, we invite papers for special sessions on medieval equestrian history for the International Medieval Congress at Leeds in 2017. We welcome papers on theoretical and practical aspects of medieval equestrianism, as well as for the special strand of IMC 2017, ‘Otherness’. We also accept papers using experimental and reconstruction approaches building on profound scholarly research.

In particular, we seek papers in the following fields:
– Archaeology and zooarchaeology;
– Economics;
– Agriculture;
– Environmental studies and climatology;
– Animal studies and human-animal encounters; and
– Other approaches to medieval equestrianism in the fields of arts and humanities.

We intend to publish a volume on the medieval horse, where the majority of chapters will be based on the papers presented at the IMC Leeds 2016 and 2017.

If you have any queries or want to propose a conference paper or contribution to the volume, please e-mail Anastasija Ropa: or

The deadline for conference paper proposals is 25 September 2016.

Please send an abstract of not more than 500 words and a short CV to Anastasija Ropa (

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