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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 344: Breaching Borders and Crossing Boundaries, II: Transcending Cultural, Societal, and Spiritual Borders of Containment - Towards a Better Understanding of Medieval Gendered Agency and Influence

Monday 6 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Royal Studies Network
Organiser:Zita Eva Rohr, Department of Modern History, Politics & International Relations, Macquarie University, Sydney
Moderator/Chair:Gabrielle Storey, Department of History, University of Winchester
Paper 344-aThe Boundaries of Queenly Intercession: The Example of Isabella of France, Queen of England, 1308-1327
(Language: English)
Michael Evans, Faculty of Social Science, Delta College, Michigan
Index terms: Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies
Paper 344-bTransgressing the Gendered Confines of Politics, Power, Language, and Culture: Violant de Bar (1365-1431), Queen of Aragon, a dame sans per?
(Language: English)
Zita Eva Rohr, Department of Modern History, Politics & International Relations, Macquarie University, Sydney
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 344-cHemmed and Boxed In: The Borders of Containment that Hinder Economic Queenship Research
(Language: English)
Michele Seah, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Newcastle, New South Wales
Index terms: Economics - General, Gender Studies, Women's Studies

This session seeks to unpick and examine how the images and representations constructed around medieval and early modern queens, both contemporaneously and down the centuries to the present day, have tended to de-emphasize the roles they played economically, socially, politically, and culturally. Such images and representations have led to the construction of artificial borders of containment. Only by poking into and examining the nooks and crannies of their many roles, activities, and self-representations might we transcend and breach artificial and limiting borders of containment in historical research, thereby enriching our knowledge and understanding of their individual agency and of the office of queenship itself.