2008 Conference



Friday 11th January

From 12pm-1.15pm Registration [Venue: G17, Adam Ferguson Building, George Square]

1:45 Welcome [Venue: Boardroom, National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge]

2:00 – 3:00 Keynote speaker: Carol Braun Pasternack, UC Santa Barbara, “Ruling masculinity: from Adam to Apollonius of Tyre in Corpus 201.” (Chaired by Sarah Salih, King’s College, London)

3:00 – 3:30: Tea

3:30 – 5:00: Session 1: Saints and Holy Families: Depicting Gender in Visual and Textual Sources (Chaired by Monica Azzolini, University of Edinburgh)

Jennifer Scammell, Glasgow University, “Mary and Joseph: Christian depictions of gender and social difference in the late medieval period.”

Sam Riches, Lancaster University, “Virtue and violence: saints, monsters and sexuality in medieval culture.”

Christina V. Cedillo, Texas A & M University, “La poverella: St Francis and the gendering of androgyny.”

[There will be a display of medieval manuscripts in the NLS Board Room for you to look at.]

6:00 – 7:00: Public lecture sponsored by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh

Professor Elizabeth Ewan, University of Guelph, Canada, “Brave-hearted Women and Men: Gendering the Scottish Middle Ages.”

[Venue: DHT Lecture Theatre B, George Square]

7:00 – 8:00: Reception [Venue: DHT Conference Room, George Square]

8:00 onwards: Dinner [Vittoria, George IV Bridge]

Saturday 12th January [Venue: New College, The Mound]

9:30 – 11:00 Session 2a [Lecture Theatre 1, New College]: Masculinity, Religion and Warfare: Reading Masculinity in 9th to12th century texts (Chaired by Kirsten Fenton, University of Edinburgh)


Session 2b [Martin Hall, New College]: The Male “Other” in Medieval Romances (Chaired by Susannah Chewning, Union County College, NJ)


Rachel Stone, King’s College, London, “In what way can those who Have left the world be distinguished? Masculinity and the differences Between Carolingian men.”


Ásdís Egilsdóttir, University of Iceland, “The male Cinderella in medieval Icelandic romances.”

Bill Aird, University of Cardiff, “The tears of Bishop Gundulf.”

Rachel Moss, University of York, “Boys in the woods: Outsiders and the search for masculine identity in Middle English romance.”

Simon Yarrow, University of Birmingham, “Gender and difference In the crusade narratives of Orderic Vitalis.”


11:00 – 11:30 Coffee [Rainy Hall, New College]

11:30 – 12:30: Keynote speaker [Lecture Theatre 1: Steven F. Kruger, Queens College and CUNY, USA “Medieval Jewish/Christian debate and the question of gender” (Chaired by Isabel Davis, Birkbeck College, London)

12:30 – 2:00 Lunch [Rainy Hall]

2:00 – 3: 30 Session 3a [Lecture Theatre 1]:

Sexuality and Difference from Anglo-Saxon Penitentials to Late Medieval Literary and Legal Sources (chaired by Liz Herbert McAvoy, Swansea University)


Session 3b [Martin Hall]:

Women, Work and Faith in Medieval Europe (chaired by Cordelia Beattie, University of Edinburgh)


Michelle Sauer, Minot State University, “Uncovering Difference: Reconfiguring homoerotic desire within the Medieval English eremitic tradition.”

Hannah Meyer, Queens College, Cambridge, “Wives, Mothers, Moneylenders: An exploration of Jewish female business activity in Thirteenth-century Exeter.”


David Clark, University of Leicester, “Self-abuse: Blurring/defining Sexual Difference in Medieval Texts.”


Elizabeth Hutchin, University of St Andrews, “Los que estauan En su casa: The Interfaith interaction of women within late medieval Castillian households.”

Bronach Kane, University of York, “Impotence and Virginity in the Late Medieval Church Courts of York.”


Megan Moran, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, “Gendered Perceptions of Honour in Late Medieval Florence.”  


3:30 – 4:00 Coffee [Rainy Hall]

4:00 – 5:00: Keynote speaker [Lecture Theatre 1]: Sara Lipton, SUNY, USA, “Becoming Visual: The Emergence of the Visible Jewess in Later Medieval Art” (chaired by Bettina Bildhauer, University of St Andrews)

5.00 – 6.00 GMS Business Meeting [Lecture Theatre 1; All Welcome]

Conference Dinner: 8pm Baraka, 3-5 Infirmary Street

Sunday 13th January [Venue: New College]

9:30 – 11:00 Session 4 [Lecture Theatre 1]: Monstrous Femininities (chaired by Sam Riches, Lancaster University)

Sylvia A. Parsons, Louisiana State University, “Monstrous femininity in Joseph of Exeter’s Ylias.”

Katherine Heavey, University of Durham, “ Managing the monstrous: representing Medea in middle English literature.”

Bonnie Miller, Castle College, Nottingham, “Femininity, monstrosity and the loathly lady.”

11:00-11:30 Coffee [Rainy hall]

11:30 – 12:30 Keynote speaker [Lecture Theatre 1]: Juliette Dor, Liège University, Belgium,Chaucer’s Viragos and Saints of Love. A Postcolonial Engagement?” (chaired by Sarah Carpenter, University of Edinburgh)

12.30 Close of Conference

[Following a break for people to find themselves lunch there will be an optional tour of the medieval exhibits in the National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, 2-3pm, led by Dr James Fraser (Scottish History/Celtic, University of Edinburgh). It will include the stone sculpture used as the conference image. We suggest that attendees make a donation of £5 towards the Kate Westoby Travel Fund.]