ICMS 2020: The Monstrous Woman and the Norms of Civility (Roundtable)

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Ann M. Martinez
contact email: 

55thICMS, Kalamazoo, May 7-10, 2020.

Co-sponsors: BABEL Working Group and the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship

Organizer: Ann M. Martinez

 Monstrosity is a shifting concept. What is deemed monstrous for one generation might not be so for the next. Similarly, the societal norms that shape/restrict behavior labeled as acceptable/unacceptable for women are also in flux. What, then, are the points of intersection between the monstrous and the female—when/how does a woman become monstrous? How do the norms of civility produce the monstrous woman, both in the past and the present? The current historical/cultural moment, with an impetus toward redefining/limiting women’s behavior, requires that we consider these questions. This roundtable invites papers that examine medieval representations of monstrous women in any form. While conducive toward feminist criticism, cultural studies, and monster studies, the roundtable is open to papers using diverse methodologies, as well as those not applying a theoretical framework.

 Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to session organizer Ann M. Martinez (amart108@kent.edu) by September 15. Please include your name, title, and affiliation on the abstract itself, along with a completed Participant Information Form (available on the Congress website). In accordance with ICMS regulations, abstracts not accepted for the session will be forwarded to Congress administrators for consideration in general sessions.