IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 614: Theories and Typologies, II: Queering the Pitch - Challenging Accepted Narratives of Pre-Modern and Early Modern Theory and Practice 

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Royal Studies Network
Organiser:Zita Eva Rohr, Department of Modern History, Politics & International Relations, Macquarie University, Sydney
Moderator/Chair:Elena Woodacre, Department of History, University of Winchester
Paper 614-aFrom Her Head to Her Toes: Gender-Bending Regalia in the Tomb of Constance of Aragon, Queen of Hungary and Sicily
(Language: English)
Christopher Mielke, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Index terms: Gender Studies, Women's Studies
Paper 614-bHeteronormative Rulership: Gender and Sexuality in Late Medieval Propaganda
(Language: English)
Christine Ekholst, Historiska institutionen, Uppsala Universitet
Index terms: Gender Studies, Sexuality, Women's Studies
Paper 614-cPolitical Control, Cross-Cultural Interactions, and Sexual Transgressions in the Early Modern Mediterranean World: New Perspectives of Research
(Language: English)
Umberto Grassi, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, University of Sydney
Index terms: Politics and Diplomacy, Sexuality

Following on from the issues to be raised in ‘Theories and Typologies I’, The Royal Studies Network proposes a second session, ‘Theories and Typologies II: Queering the Pitch – Challenging Accepted Narratives’. Session 2 focuses not only upon queer theory and practice in medieval and early modern Europe, but also new directions in research into the notion of ‘otherness’ more generally. The expression, ‘Queering the Pitch’, originally meant ‘to spoil the business at hand’, and this session seeks to disrupt and interrogate traditional narratives of what shaped pre-modern and early modern polities. It pits the ‘walk’ (what happened in practice) against the ‘talk’ (the theories, preferences and biases of thinkers and commentators – contemporaneously and subsequently).