IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 705: Homosocialibility and Male Bonding in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, I

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Audrey Thorstad, School of History, Welsh History & Archaeology, Bangor University
Moderator/Chair:Katherine J. Lewis, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Paper 705-aDavid and Jonathan: Love and Friendship
(Language: English)
Ruth Mazo Karras, Department of History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Index terms: Gender Studies, Sexuality
Paper 705-bSocial Bonding and Self-Fashioning beyond Death: The Representation of Late Medieval Danish Noblemen in Wills and Gravestones
(Language: English)
Tine Kondrup, Institut for Historie, Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Gender Studies, Sexuality
Paper 705-c'Of meyrth the causse': Male Bonding and Rape Culture in Late Medieval England
(Language: English)
Rachel E. Moss, Université de Paris I
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Sexuality
Abstract

Although masculinity as a methodological framework has been used by scholars of gender in the Middle Ages with rich results, it has only recently been used in an explicit way to explore ideas of male bonding and homosocialibility in the medieval and early modern periods. The proposed sessions will explore homosocial bonds in a cross-disciplinary and trans-European way in order to shed new light on masculine identities and the role that friendships played in the formation of these identities. The first session will investigate homosocialibility through gendered language and material remains discussing the creation of bonds between males and group identities. The second session will explore male bonding through noble pastimes and gendered spaces in the later Middle Ages and early modern period. The two sessions together will enable the examination of masculinity through its embodiment and manifestation of male relationships.