IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1708: Approaches to Gendered Landscapes, III: Building and Bridging

Thursday 9 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

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:Emma Bridget O'Loughlin Bérat, Institut für Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Keltologie, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Paper 1708-aControlling Women: Claiming the Landscape at Barking Abbey
(Language: English)
Kathryn Maude, Department of English, American University of Beirut
Index terms: Gender Studies, Hagiography, Women's Studies
Paper 1708-bWomen's Landscapes and the Circulation of Material Culture: Crossing Boundaries and Connecting Spaces
(Language: English)
Tracy Chapman Hamilton, Department of Art History, Sweet Briar College, Virginia
Index terms: Art History - General, Charters and Diplomatics, Social History, Women's Studies
Paper 1708-cExploring Building Bridges: Women's Ecological and Social Footprints
(Language: English)
Jitske Jasperse, Instituto de Historia, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid
Index terms: Art History - General, Gender Studies, Social History
Abstract

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 final panel traces the literal and symbolic ‘footprints’ of women’s strategic patronage in terms of self-commemoration within the landscape, whether by building bridges or controlling and crossing borders.