CFP for 2021 Kalamazoo ICMS -- Fear of a Medieval Queer Planet: Global, Medieval Queerness (A Roundtable)

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
New Queer Medievalisms
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2021 International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, MI

Fear of a Medieval Queer Planet: Global, Medieval Queerness (A Roundtable)

Sponsored by New Queer Medievalisms book series at Medieval Institute Publications

Finding queerness in the past requires a kind of translation—what words, relationships, and identities might be read and seen as queer in premodern documents and histories and how can we read these as queer? This translation becomes much more complicated when we look for queerness beyond those places where medievalists have so frequently looked—how, for example, does this medieval queerness appear outside of Western Europe? What can be recovered about queerness in other parts of the premodern world? This panel seeks to interrogate queerness beyond Western Europe: how can we define queerness cross-culturally, without relying on Western models and histories?

Please contact Ilse Schweitzer (ilse.s.vand@gmail.com) and/or Will Rogers (wirogers@ulm.edu) with any questions, and send proposals using the submissions portal at https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions by September 15, 2020.