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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1446: Translating Premodern Sex and Sexualities: A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship
Organiser:Kathryn Maude, Department of English, American University of Beirut
Moderator/Chair:Kathryn Maude, Department of English, American University of Beirut

This round table will bring together research on multiple languages and geographical areas to discuss how to translate medieval texts concerning sex and sexualities across language and time. As translators we are aware that texts from the ancient and medieval past continue to be frequent and irresistible sources of inspiration for modern and contemporary readers seeking to articulate their own sexual desires and identities. Ranging from medieval Arabic erotic anthologies across Old French epic poetry and Old English sermons, we plan to discuss the potential pitfalls and opportunities in translating and analysing medieval ideas about sex and sexuality in the present day.

Participants include Mounawar Abbouchi (University of Georgia), Riwa Roukoz (American University of Beirut), and Adam Talib (American University in Cairo).