The White Rose Medieval Graduate Conference: Self & Selves

deadline for submissions: 
April 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Centre for Medieval Studies at York and the Institute for the Medieval Studies at Leeds

The White Rose Medieval Graduate Conference: Self & Selves

The Centre for Medieval Studies at York and the Institute for the Medieval Studies at Leeds have sponsored a new postgraduate conference: the White Rose Medieval Graduate Conference! Our theme for the 2021 virtual conference is Self & Selves.

This conference approaches these questions by facilitating interdisciplinary conversations that explore how medieval people expressed and conceptualised the self and selves. Participants are encouraged to critically reflect on the ways in which medieval selves were intersectional: informed, expressed, and challenged by ability, class, gender, sexuality, race, religion and other manifestations of identity. We also encourage investigations of ‘the self’ in all of its expressions in medieval cultural productions from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and methodologies: such as archaeological, art historical, literary, scientific, theological, and political approaches. By fostering a discussion on what self-identity might mean within a medieval context, a secondary aim of this conference is to illuminate contemporary interpretations of identity today.

Topics may include…
• Self-Representation (autobiography, self-portraiture, patronage)
• Self-fashioning (perception, posturing and performance)
• Material Expressions of the Self (archaeological, visual and financial selves)
• Constructions of race, nationality, and ethnicity and intersections of the self thereof
• Gender identities, sexuality and queerness
• Medical Identities (healthy/unhealthy selves, disabled selves)
• Religious Identities (hermits, mystics, and clergy)
• Political Identities (class, social status)
• The Self in Life and Afterlife (the relationship between medieval body, soul and self)
• Thinking and feeling the self (emotions, subjectivity, empathy, etc.)
• Modern and Medieval selves (in politics, reenactment, or performance)

We welcome proposals for 15-20 minute papers and roundtable panels (of up to five participants for a one hour slot) in any area of  the global middle ages from current postgraduate students (MA, MPhil, PhD), early career researchers, and independent scholars. We especially encourage perspectives that engage with intersectional approaches to the medieval self (including disability theory, critical race theory, queer theory, and other allied frameworks) and non-Eurocentric contexts.Applicants are invited to submit an abstract of 250 words and 100 word biographical note by 1 April 2021 to

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