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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1608: Approaches to Gendered Landscapes, II: Theories, Territories, and Tropes

Thursday 9 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Karen Dempsey, School of Archaeology, Geography & Environmental Science, University of Reading
Emma Bridget O'Loughlin Bérat, Institut für Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Keltologie, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Moderator/Chair:Jitske Jasperse, Instituto de Historia, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid
Paper 1608-aGender and Landscape in Norman Chronicles
(Language: English)
Leonie V. Hicks, Department of History and American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 1608-bMedieval Russian Princesses and the Image of Rus'
(Language: English)
Victoria Legkikh, Institut für Slawistik, Universität Wien
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Women's Studies
Paper 1608-cWatery Women?: Landscape, Gender, and Sanctity in Medieval East Anglia
(Language: English)
Rebecca Pinner, School of Literature & Creative Writing, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Gender Studies, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Old English, Women's Studies

Interactions with medieval landscapes often appear innately masculine, from Brutus's foundation of the eponymous Britain to patrilineages derived from castle names to metaphorically feminine (virginal and untamed) lands awaiting male domination. But medieval women also shaped, curated, and cared for the medieval landscape. Our three interdisciplinary panels explore how women, both historical and representational, took control of and shaped geographical landscapes and borders at a variety of scales. Our second panel interrogates how gendered perspectives of territorial sanctity, authority, and personification can enhance our understandings of landscapes across Normandy, Rus, and England.