Call for Papers: Dairy products in Medieval and post-medieval Mediterranean countries

RHN 1/2016 | Call

Organisers: Sylvain Burri, chargé de recherche, Laboratoire d’archéologie médiévale et moderne en Méditerranée (LA3M UMR 7298/Université d’Aix-Marseille) and Mohamed Ouerfelli, maître de conférence, Laboratoire d’archéologie médiévale et moderne en Méditerranée (LA3M UMR 7298 CNRS/Université d’Aix-Marseille)

4 April 2016, Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme (MMSH), Aix-en-Provence, France

Deadline for submissions: 31 January 2016

Dairy products in Medieval and post-medieval Mediterranean countries:
production, trade, consumption.

Contrasting with the Prehistory for which the question of the beginning of the consumption of dairy products is of critical importance, few studies are devoted to the production and consumption of these products during medieval and post-medieval periods. However, dairy products, especially cheese, are key components of the Mediterranean diet. Sometimes disregarded, sometimes recommended by dieticians, the latter are traded both at local and international scale. This workshop aims at gathering researchers from different disciplines (history, archaeology, iconography, organic chemistry, zootechny) to provide a comprehensive overview of the topic. We propose three main lines of reflection:

1) For a technical history ofdairy products

  • From grass to milk : herding of dairy sheep, goat and cow
  • Diversity of dairy products (milk, butter, cream, cheese) and their operational chain
  • Structures of production /conservation and material culture

2) From local to international : the dairy products in the Mediterranean trade

  • Dairy products from plains and mountains
  • From local to International trade

3) From food to health:  diversity of dairy products consumption

  • Milk consumption: from infancy to adulthood
  • Butter and cheese at the table of the poor and the rich
  • The role of dairy products in the therapeutics and dietetics

Since we wish to achieve synthesis and to stimulate research on the topic, the workshop contributions manuscripts shall be published.

Terms of Submission: Please send your proposal (title and short abstract), stating your institutional affiliation, before December 31 January, 2016 to: