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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1607: Queer Community in the Middle Ages, II: Networks and Institutions

Thursday 6 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Tim Wingard, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Moderator/Chair:Tim Wingard, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Paper 1607-aEpistolary Queerness: A Medieval and Early Modern Study of Sexuality
(Language: English)
Laura DeLuca, Department of English, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Ecclesiastical History, Sexuality, Women's Studies
Paper 1607-bMale Homosexuality in the Galician-Portuguese Cantigas de escárnio e maldizer in the Light of the Community Norms of Emotional Expression
(Language: English)
Aleksandra Urbaniak, Wydział Neofilologii, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza, Poznań
Index terms: Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Political Thought, Sexuality, Social History
Paper 1607-cPremodern / Queer / Community: Reconsidering the Narrative of Medieval Marginalisation
(Language: English)
Hilary Rhodes, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Gender Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Sexuality, Teaching the Middle Ages

This session focuses on methodological approaches to reconstructing 'historical' queer communities through sources such as letters, chronicles and troubadour poetry. It explores how queer networks could be maintained and reproduced via both religious and secular institutions, including nunneries, pagan priesthoods, and aristocratic courts. This session's speakers argue that queer communities could thrive within these environments in part due to the opportunities for homosocial connections which they provided, which in turn could take on romantic or sexual aspects. It ultimately advocates for the analytical utility of the concept of community in research on medieval queerness.