The annual interdisciplinary Gender and Medieval Studies Conference (www.medievalgender.co.uk) will be hosted by the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research (MEMO) at Swansea University between Thursday 6 and Saturday 8 January 2011. It will feature plenary lectures by Diane Wolfthal, Chair and Professor of Art History at Rice University, and Elizabeth Robertson, Professor of English Language at Glasgow University.
The organising committee welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of the broad theme: Gender, Time and Memory.
This conference will examine how issues of gender impact on the ways in which time and memory were conceptualised in the Middle Ages, and will consider how memories were generated, recorded and stored for posterity. In the Middle Ages there existed a multitude of time-frames; religious time was regarded as more important than secular time, and the life cycle was prioritised over the linear passage of time. Monastic time differed greatly from time within the aristocratic household, and time was often measured with reference not to the Julian calendar, but to saints’ days and religious festivals. Men have traditionally been regarded as the recorders of history, with women cast as preservers of familial and communal knowledge, often allied to folklore, orality, and the ‘natural’ world. This conference will explore these issues in terms of gender, considering the complex relationship between memory, culture, and gendered attitudes and practices. The conference will also identify how the past was remembered and framed within a gendered context, and will point to how potentially misguided attitudes to time and memory can lead to erroneous assumptions about the past.
Proposed topics might include but are not limited to:
• the gendered life cycle
• gendered ways of remembering and recording the past
• memory and orality
• gendered concepts of time
• visual representations of the past
• gendered literacies
• historicity and gender
• periodisation and gender
• materiality and gender
We hope to welcome scholars from a range of disciplines, including history, literature, art history and archaeology. A Travel Fund exists to which applications can be made to support attendance for postgraduate students who wish to present a paper.
Please e-mail proposals of no more than 300 words to the conference email address, firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 September 2010. All queries should also be directed to this address. Please also include biographical information, detailing your name, research area, institution and level of study if applicable. It is hoped that an edited volume arising from Conference proceedings will be published after the event.
The Gender & Medieval Studies (GMS) Group is a UK-based organisation devoted to holding an annual interdisciplinary conference, which furthers the study of medieval gender. The conference is an annual peripatetic event that has been running since the 1980s, and traditionally takes place in early January. Further details can be obtained from the Conference website: www.medievalgender.co.uk.
The Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research (MEMO) at Swansea University is funded by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University. It brings together more than twenty scholars working in the fields of literature, history, philosophy, European languages and classical studies, covering the period approximately AD 400 to 1800.
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