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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 348: It's a Queer Time: Trespassing the Boundaries of Chrononormativity, III - Erase / Rewind

Monday 6 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

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:Nick Hoffman, Department of English, Ohio State University
Respondent:Roberta Magnani, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Paper 348-a'If I could turn back time': The Queer Time of the Amazons in the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Will Rogers, School of Humanities, University of Louisiana, Monroe
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative
Paper 348-bThe False Beginnings of a Medieval Transgender Woman: Eleanor Rykener's Right to a Story
(Language: English)
François Charmaille, Department of French University of Cambridge
Index terms: Gender Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 348-cSex and Gender Identity: Blurring Boundaries in Chivalric Literature
(Language: English)
Marina Montesano
Index terms: Anthropology, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - French or Occitan

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 third session explores erasures in historiography and the opportunities for new meanings that rewind and re-interpret history in the light of present issues can present.