CFP: [Medieval] Annual Gender and Medieval Studies Conference

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Sarah M. Dunnigan
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2nd call for papers: The Annual Gender and Medieval Studies Conference

Gender and Difference in the Middle Ages

Edinburgh, 11-13 January 2008

Apologies for cross-posting.

The annual Gender and Medieval Studies conference will be held in
Edinburgh in January 2008 and will treat the theme of difference.

Keynote speakers include Prof. Carole Pasternack (English, UC Santa
Barbara), Prof. Juliette Dor (Département de Langues et Littératures
germaniques, Liège), Prof. Sara Lipton (History, SUNY), and Prof. Steven
Kruger, (English, CUNY).

The concept of difference enables us to explore medieval gender in a
number of ways. It allows us to think about the construction of gender,
through its relationship to various other categories of difference such
as social status, sexualities, and ethnicity, and age. It also allows us
to think about how gender is used to construct, articulate, and represent
various forms of difference. Explorations of the gendering of objects and
the monstrous, for example, can illuminate, blur, or challenge binary
distinctions. This conference seeks to provide a forum in which such
approaches can be discussed and developed. Papers are encouraged from a
wide range of disciplines, such as art history, literature, archaeology,
and history. In particular, the conference hopes to encourage
interdisciplinary discussion about the theoretical and practical
implications that ideas of difference have on gender studies. Themes to
consider could include:

• Religion, Ethnicity and Race
• Regional Difference and National Identity
• The Monstrous, Outsiders and the Other
• Marital Status, Age and Social Status as Categories of Difference
• Sexualities
• The Blurring of Difference

Abstracts of approximately 250 words for 20 minute papers or further
enquiries should be sent to:
Deadline for proposals: 3 September 2007

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