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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1507: Queer Community in the Middle Ages, I: Disruptive Networks and Transhistorical Queerness

Thursday 6 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Tim Wingard, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Moderator/Chair:Sarah McKeagney, Department of History, University of York
Paper 1507-aRenunciates, Not Ascetics: Caste and Sexual Outcasts in Medieval India
(Language: English)
Lucky Issar, Independent Scholar, Berlin
Index terms: Gender Studies, Music, Performance Arts - Drama, Social History
Paper 1507-bOut and Roaming About: Performing LGBTQI+ Histories at Nottingham Castle
(Language: English)
Emma Fearon, Department of History, Nottingham Trent University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Local History, Performance Arts - Drama, Sexuality
Paper 1507-cGoing Cruising with Arnaud de Verniolle: Queer Community in 14th-Century Pamiers
(Language: English)
Tim Wingard, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Gender Studies, Law, Sexuality, Social History

This session explores how medieval queer communities challenged heteronormative ideological structures and social narratives within their own societies by presenting alternative networks of sexual and social relations. Papers in this session speak to the reception of these historical communities within modern discourses on sexuality, heritage, and national identity, and suggest new ways of conducting scholarship and public engagement on medieval gender and sexuality. It ultimately argues for centering community in thinking on the relationship between medieval and modern queerness.