Panel on Medieval Neurodiversity: Canadian Society of Medievalists

deadline for submissions: 
January 5, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Jes Battis / University of Regina
contact email: 

I'll be submitting a proposal for a panel on *Medieval Neurodiversity* to the Annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Medievalists conference, to be held at the 2020 Congress in London, Ontario, at the University of Western Ontario, June 3-5.  Discussions could tie in to medieval disability studies in a number of ways, including:


- medieval mental states/mental health, queer minds, nonbinary minds, anxious minds

- depictions of radical introversion (e.g., Diogenes)

- mental complexity in Middle English (e.g., Hoccleve)

- medieval social anxiety (e.g., Merlin and social exile in Monmouth, de Boron, et al.)

- anxiety and depression in early medieval literature (following from work by Eileen Joy and others on sadness in OE lit)

- Chaucer, bookishness, and introversion

- mental trauma in medieval literature

- experiences of medievalists on the spectrum

- experiences of medievalists teaching with/through anxiety and depression

- medievalism and the spectrum

- Nick Walker/Melanie Yergeau's "neuro-queerness" applied to medieval studies

- LGBTQ2+ medievalists and mental complexity


I'm particularly looking for abstracts from academics with lived experience in some of these areas, and I'm happy to accept abstracts for papers that are more personal, or a mixture of scholarship/creative nonfiction.


An abstract of 200-300 words with a title and contact information, along with a brief C.V., should be sent to Jes Battis (he/they), Department of English, University of Regina, via email at by January 5th, 2020.