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Disability before Disability: Mapping the Uncharted in the Medieval Sagas

Disability before Disability: Mapping the Uncharted in the Medieval Sagas Disability before Disability: Mapping the Uncharted in the Medieval Sagas Ármann Jakobsson University of Iceland Anna Katharina Heiniger University of Iceland Christopher Crocker University of Iceland Hanna Björg Sigurjónsdóttir University of Iceland How to Talk about Medieval Disability To the medievalist, the field of disability studies offers unique challenges. In short, disability studies is a critical, interdisciplinary field designed to investigate the interaction between bodies and minds perceived as disabled and various aspects of culture and society. Disability studies counters the traditional biomedical understanding of disability as an individual deficit. Instead, disability is seen as a social phenomenon embedded in social arrangements and cultural conventions. Yet scholars have not yet come to a consensus on how to conceptualize disability, not least as a historical phenomenon. Recent years have seen the devel - opment of a variety of conceptual models and other critical approaches in an effort to replace earlier approaches to the subject that have been perceived as ineffectual, including the traditional “medical model” but also the highly influential “social model” of disability, which developed as a response to the prevalence—or at least perceived prevalence—of the former (Shakespeare 2017). Disability in the Sagas 441 However, rather than an impenetrable http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Scandinavian Studies Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study

Disability before Disability: Mapping the Uncharted in the Medieval Sagas

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Abstract

Disability before Disability: Mapping the Uncharted in the Medieval Sagas Ármann Jakobsson University of Iceland Anna Katharina Heiniger University of Iceland Christopher Crocker University of Iceland Hanna Björg Sigurjónsdóttir University of Iceland How to Talk about Medieval Disability To the medievalist, the field of disability studies offers unique challenges. In short, disability studies is a critical, interdisciplinary field designed to investigate the interaction between bodies and minds perceived as disabled and various aspects of culture and society. Disability studies counters the traditional biomedical understanding of disability as an individual deficit. Instead, disability is seen as a social phenomenon embedded in social arrangements and cultural conventions. Yet scholars have not yet come to a consensus on how to conceptualize disability, not least as a historical phenomenon. Recent years have seen the devel - opment of a variety of conceptual models and other critical approaches in an effort to replace earlier approaches to the subject that have been perceived as ineffectual, including the traditional “medical model” but also the highly influential “social model” of disability, which developed as a response to the prevalence—or at least perceived prevalence—of the former (Shakespeare 2017). Disability in the Sagas 441 However, rather than an impenetrable

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Scandinavian StudiesSociety for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study

Published: Oct 22, 2020

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