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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 637: Gender, Elite Culture, and the Borderlands

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Simon Thomas Parsons, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Linda Paterson, Department of French Studies, University of Warwick
Paper 637-a'Et enamoret se de la comtessa de Tripol': Crusade and Desire for the Latin East
(Language: English)
Nicholas Paul, Department of History, Fordham University
Index terms: Crusades, Gender Studies, Sexuality
Paper 637-bThe Bishop's Two Reputations: Elite Masculinity and the Clerical Nobility in Late Medieval England
(Language: English)
Rhiannon Elizabeth Snaith, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 637-cWomen at the Walls: Gender, Competition, and Teichoscopy on the First Crusade
(Language: English)
Simon Thomas Parsons, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index terms: Crusades, Gender Studies, Mentalities, Sexuality

Throughout the Middle Ages, borderlands, whether literal in the sense of contested geographical frontier zones, or figurative in the sense of colliding 'worlds' - even ways of life - were fecund and productive sites for the reshaping, transgression, and reconstruction of gendered norms. Conversely, gender and the performance of gender could become key weapons of differentiation, identity formation, and exclusion. This session incorporates research on the porous division between secular and clerical identities among late medieval bishops, the politics of desire and holy war in the Latin East, and the spectacles of masculine performance in war and tournament, to explore how 'frontiers' shaped expressions and impressions of gendered difference.