Call for Papers: Gender & Transgression in the Middle Ages 2014

Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages
5-7 June 2014
Call for Papers
 

The School of History is pleased to announce the call for papers for Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages 2014, an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies (SAIMS).

Entering into its sixth year, this conference welcomes participation from postgraduate, postdoctoral and early career researchers interested in one or both of our focal themes of gender studies or more general ideas of transgression in the mediaeval period. This year’s conference will have a keynote lecture by Dr Dion Smythe of the Queen’s University Belfast as well as an optional workshop focused on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Mediaeval Transgression. We invite proposals for papers of approximately 20 minutes that engage with the themes of gender and/or transgression from various disciplinary standpoints, such as historical, linguistic, literary, archaeological, art historical, or others. Possible topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

 – Legal studies: men, women and the law, court cases, law-breaking, marriage

– Byzantine studies

– Masculinity and/or femininity in the Middle Ages: ideas of gender norms and their

application within current historiography

– Ambiguous genders: eunuchs, transvestites, transgender

– Homosexuality and sexual deviancy

– Orthodoxy and Heresy: transgressing orthodox thought, portrayals of religious

‘outsiders’, monasticism, lay religion, mysticism

– Social outcasts

There will be three set strands of Medieval Law and Literature, Transgression in Byzantium, and Masculinity in the Middle Ages. In addition to these, there will be several other sessions within the broader conference theme. 

Those wishing to participate should please submit an abstract of approximately 250 words to genderandtransgression@st-andrews.ac.uk by 10 February 2014. Please attach your abstract to your email as a Microsoft Word or PDF file and include you name, home institution and stage of your postgraduate or postdoctoral career. Registration for the conference will be £15, which will cover tea, coffee and lunch on two days and two wine receptions. All delegates are also warmly invited to the conference meal on Friday 6 June. Further details can be found at the conference website as they become available. 

About standrewshistory
With over forty full time members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from S cotland to Byzantium and the Americas to the Middle East and South Asia.Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching and tutorials allowing for in depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

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