'Armed hybrid'. BL, MS Harley 5648, f.13v
‘Armed hybrid’. BL, MS Harley 5648, f.13v

The Gender & Medieval Studies (GMS) Group is a UK-based organization devoted solely to putting together an annual interdisciplinary conference, which furthers the study of medieval gender. The conference is an annual peripatetic event that has been running since at least the late 1980s (oral history suggests that it was running in 1987 at the latest) and traditionally takes place in early January.

It is geared as much towards postgraduate students as established scholars. A steering committee exists to help ensure the continuation of the conference from year to year.

Our 2019 Conference

Gender and Aliens
Durham University
7th – 10th January 2018

Visit the conference page to keep updated on registration, accommodation and the programme.

Gender and Medieval Studies Student Essay Prize 2017

The 2017 Gender and Medieval Studies Student Essay Prize has been awarded to Ryan T. Goodman from the University of Manchester for his essay:

‘Mead-iating Masculinity: The Anglo-Saxon Mead-Hall, Drunkeness, and the Renegotiation of Masculinity in the Long Tenth Century’.

Congratulations, Ryan!

Information about submissions for our 2018 essay prize will be announced here.

To keep up-to-date on the GMS conference series, please subscribe to the listserv address:  GMS-LIST@jiscmail.ac.uk.

GMS Steering Committee

Nominations are invited from colleagues interested in joining the GMS steering committee. The GMS steering committee oversees the Gender and Medieval Studies conference, manages the postgraduate travel fund associated with the conference, maintains a website and runs an annual postgraduate student essay prize. It also makes provision for gender and sexuality studies at other medieval conferences and generally works to promote the field, particularly, through support for postgraduate researchers.

Eligibility: nominees should have a position (temporary or permanent) at a UK HEI, they should have research interests in the field of gender and/or sexuality in medieval studies in any discipline. We would particularly welcome colleagues working in early Medieval studies which is currently under-represented on our steering committee.

Nominations should be sent, with a brief biography, to: Isabel Davis (i.davis@bbk.ac.uk) and marked GMS Steering Committee Nomination.


Apply for the Gender and Medieval Studies Student Essay Prize 2018

June 17, 2018

Submissions from postgraduates working within any discipline in the field are encouraged.  Electronic submissions should be submitted to Laura Kalas Williams (L.E.Williams@swansea.ac.uk), by Monday 19th November 2018.  Go to our prizes page for more details. Read more

Statement in Support of Dr. Dorothy Kim

September 26, 2017

GMS is a signatory on a letter of complaint written to the Dean of Humanities at the University of Chicago about the recent blog posts of Rachel Fulton Brown. We signed it of our own volition because, whilst disagreement is a healthy part of intellectual endeavour, there are lines that… Read more

Medievalists Respond to Charlottesville

September 8, 2017

GMS are proud to support this statement by the Medieval Academy of America condemning white supremacy and the misuse of medieval history. In light of the recent events in the United States, most recently the racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the undersigned community of medievalists condemns the appropriation of any… Read more

GMS Student Essay Prize Winner reports on her year since the 2016 GMS conference

October 11, 2016

2015 GMS student essay prize-winner, Laura Kalas Williams (Exeter) has reported on her progress since winning the GMS student essay prize, awarded to her at the Gender and Emotions conference at the University of Hull in January of 2016. Laura’s essay has since been published in the SMFS journal, Medieval Feminist… Read more

Guardian follow-up headline article on academic harassment

October 11, 2016

On October 6th, the Guardian newspaper ran a follow-up headline article on academic harassment, this time linking its prevalence to the Savile scandal and those besetting the Catholic church in recent times. It certainly did not make for pleasant reading (https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/oct/07/scale-of-sexual-abuse-in-uk-universities-likened-to-savile-and-catholic-scandals). See also, the follow-up online contribution from the following… Read more

Guardian Report on Academic Sexual Harassment

August 29, 2016

For those of us deeply concerned about the proliferation of sexual harassment and microagressions within academic contexts, it is gratifying to see the UK-base Guardian newspaper carrying a report of this as its headline article on Friday, August 26, 2016 (https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/aug/26/sexual-harassment-of-students-by-university-staff-hidden-by-non-disclosure-agreements). Admittedly, it is a pity that the report was… Read more