IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 805: Homosocialibility and Male Bonding in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, II

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Emma Levitt, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Audrey Thorstad, School of History, Welsh History & Archaeology, Bangor University
Moderator/Chair:Ruth Mazo Karras, Department of History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Paper 805-a'You look for dead men's shoes': Tiltyard Friendships and Masculine Competition in the Reign of Henry VIII
(Language: English)
Emma Levitt, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Index terms: Gender Studies, Military History, Sexuality
Paper 805-b'The king takes great pleasure in talking to me of hunting': Homosocial Bonding and the Hunt in England and France
(Language: English)
Audrey Thorstad, School of History, Welsh History & Archaeology, Bangor University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Sexuality
Paper 805-cDrunken Danish Lords: Heavy Drinking, Masculinity, and Male Bonding at the Court of Christian IV, 1588-1648
(Language: English)
Kasper Lynge Tipsmark, Afdeling for Historie og Klassiske Studier, Aarhus Universitet
Index terms: Gender Studies, Mentalities, Sexuality, Social History
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.