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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1206: Confronting Sexual Violence in Archival Records: A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Concordia University, Montréal
Organiser:Shannon McSheffrey, Department of History, Concordia University, Montréal
Moderator/Chair:Cordelia Beattie, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh

While reading archival records, researchers often confront descriptions of horrific crimes. Amongst the most difficult to handle, both analytically and emotionally, are cases of sexual violence. This round table brings together scholars from a broad geographical range of medieval European fields and at different career stages. The comparative discussion will focus both on what kinds of sexual violence make their way into medieval records (why rape cases skew in particular ways and what that means) and on the heightened affective response researchers report to historical cases of sexual violence and its handling in medieval legal systems.

Participants include Lucia Akard (University of Oxford), Roisin Cossar (University of Manitoba), Christine Ekholst (Uppsala Universitet), Shannon McSheffrey (Concordia University, Montréal), and Jennifer Thibodeaux (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater).