Date(s) - 18 Oct 2012
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
19 University Place
Biopolitics in the Forest: On lively deer, lively carcasses, and the appetites of lepers
Karl Steel (Brooklyn College), hosted by NYU’s Medieval Forum
6.30pm / October 18th / 19 University Place / Room 222
Abstract: A 13th-century English law demanded that deer found dead in the forest be distributed to lepers. Such a distribution would have been repulsive and difficult to carry out, yet the masters of the forest were obligated to enforce it to defend the forest system. Bowing to the needs of this system, the king ought to be thought of less as the forest’s sovereign than as its manager, one element in a system encompassing climate, putrefaction, poaching, disease, piety, law, and estrus.