IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 926: Modern and Medieval Trans and Genderqueer Subjects: Touching Across Time - A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Hagiography Beyond Tradition, Amsterdam University Press
Organiser:Blake Gutt, Department of French, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Alicia Spencer-Hall, School of Languages, Linguistics & Film, Queen Mary University of London
Abstract

In her work on queer temporalities, Carolyn Dinshaw discusses ‘the possibility of touching across time, collapsing time through affective contact’, and suggests that ‘with such queer historical touches we could form communities across time’. This round table, whose participants are contributors to the forthcoming volume Trans and Genderqueer Subjects in Medieval Hagiography (Amsterdam University Press, 2019), discusses the personal and political importance of trans and genderqueer readings of medieval texts. In answer to the conference theme of ‘Memory’, the session explores the unfortunately still controversial question of recognition and familiarity between queer subjects, past and present, and considers what it means for the community of trans and genderqueer medievalists also to be in community with the historical and literary characters their work addresses. Short presentations will be followed by discussion between participants and with the audience.

Participants include Lee Colwill (University of Iceland, Reykjavík) and Blake Gutt (University of Cambridge)