IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 813: Lesbian Epistemologies and their Conceptual Borders, II

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Roberta Magnani, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Moderator/Chair:Diane Watt, School of Literature & Languages, University of Surrey
Paper 813-aLesbian Technologies and the St Albans Psalter
(Language: English)
Roberta Magnani, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Sexuality
Paper 813-bErotohistoriography’s Decolonial Prospects: Lithic Pleasures of Refusal in Marie de France’s 'Yonec' and Beyond
(Language: English)
Sarah-Nelle Jackson, Department of English, University of British Columbia
Index terms: Gender Studies, Sexuality
Paper 813-c'Did you just assume my patria?': Gender and Inheritance in Medieval Conceptions of Britain
(Language: English)
Cleo Madeleine, School of Literature Drama & Creative Writing University of East Anglia
Index terms: Gender Studies, Sexuality
Abstract

This panel wishes to establish the urgency of ‘lesbian historiographies’, as they offer generative ways of extricating medieval studies from binary paradigms which define the canon as a genealogy between white cis men. As a non-binary epistemology, its conceptual tenets are broadly shared with queer, trans* theories, critical race studies, and crip theory. The panellists are invited to reflect on the epistemological borders between these discrete yet cognate frameworks and embodied experiences. How do we account for the complex identities represented in medieval sources when these identities refuse to be confined to an essentialist binary? How can lesbian historiography assist?