DEADLINE EXTENDED: ICMS 2020: Orientations: Gender and Sexuality in Space-time

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 first panel will consider the proximity of bodies and desires through time and space to consider questions of temporalities, enclosures, and entanglements of bodies and sexuality. Some questions that panelists are encouraged to think about are: Do we recognize and organize bodies based on their proximity or orientation toward us? How do we orient our bodies and the bodies we study through time or through desire? How does the field orient itself around bodies, desires, genders? What does orienting bodies in a specific way do?

 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.