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.
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 Forum: A Journal for Gender … Read more
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 day, ‘Accounts of sexual harassment … Read more
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 semi buried at the end … Read more
This special issue, which has come out of discussions among the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship Listserv, Advisory Board, and roundtable session at Kalamazoo, will present articles that investigate and interrogate the ways in which predatory sexuality, misogyny, racism, and other forms of gender harassment experienced and perpetrated in the Middle Ages are also reflected … Read more
The most stylish and committed supporters of medieval feminist scholarship were to be seen in Kalamazoo and Leeds this year in full SMFS regalia. Show your support for SMFS by acquiring one of these stunning SMFS pins ($2 / £2), bags ($8 / £8), or wristband flash drives ($8 / £8), available annually at the … Read more