DEADLINE EXTENDED: ICMS 2020: Orientations: Intersections of Queer, Trans, Ace, and Beyond

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Zachary Engledow
contact email: 


Sponsored by the BABEL Working Group and Co-Sponsored by the Society for the Study of Homosexuality in the Middle Ages. 

International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 7-10 2020

This session seeks to open up intersectional conversations between queer studies and recent developments within trans studies, ace studies, and other work on non-normative bodies in the Middle Ages to think about the possible futures of queer theory. Through the theme of Orientations, these panels plan to explore the different ways scholars recognize and classify medieval bodies, genders, and desires in different orientations, or even disorientations, to us (spacial, sexual, racial, etc.). This second panel explores intersections between non-normative bodies, desires, and genders and how they create new or complicate existing conversations between queer, trans, and ace identities. Some questions panelists are encouraged to think about: What new possible bodily modes of knowledge open up in our entanglements with bodies/desires/genders that are “queer” or do not fit within normative schemas? Do we recognize and organize them based on their closeness to us? How might bodies that are harder to classify, harder to recognize as like us help us re-think queer or re-think the work queer theory has traditionally done in the past? 

 Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Zachary Engledow ( ) and Cary Howie ( before September 15th. Presenters should aim for 15 minute presentations as Karma Lochrie and Cary Howie have graciously agreed to be respondents to these panels. On that note, we would like to have drafts of your papers at least a month in advanced so our respondents have time to prepare their thoughts. Proposals that are not accepted will be forwarded to the Congress Committee in order to be considered for inclusion in one of the General Sessions.