IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 248: It's a Queer Time: Trespassing the Boundaries of Chrononormativity, II - Trans-Figurations

Monday 6 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Institutt for lingvistiske, litterære og estetiske studier, Universitetet i Bergen
Organiser:David Carrillo-Rangel, Institut de Recerca de Cultures Medievals (IRCVM), Universitat de Barcelona
Moderator/Chair:Michelle M. Sauer, Department of English, University of North Dakota
Paper 248-aGrendel's Mother's Queer Spaces in Time: A Trans and Intersec-[x]-tional Reading
(Language: English)
Teresa Pilgrim, School of Literature & Languages University of Surrey
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 248-bMystical Pregnancy and Bodily Hybridity in the Later Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Mads Vedel Heilskov, Centre for Scandinavian Studies, University of Aberdeen
Index terms: Gender Studies, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 248-cBeyond the Lines: Criseyde's Transtemporal Melancholia
(Language: English)
Eduardo Correia, Department of English, King's College London
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Middle English
Abstract

Chrononormativity is a term coined by Elizabeth Freeman to define ‘the use of time to organize individual human bodies towards maximum productivity (…) through particular orchestrations of time. (…) Schedules, calendars, time zones’ (2010: 3). We see this at work in parcelling of history through periodization and localization in given spaces. These become boundaries and barriers to a more fluid understanding of the Middle Ages. If the Middle Ages is ‘age of the medium’ (Jørgensen, 2015:9), both in regards to materialities and historical witness, it might mean that the period is also a queer time, in it its fluidity as well as in the way historiography articulates present (mis)conceptions of the past. This second session explores trans-figuration and trans-temporalities as a way of making visible other ways of being and becoming.