Session Title

Towards a Medieval Transgender Studies

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship (SMFS)

Organizer Name

M. W. Bychowski

Organizer Affiliation

Case Western Reserve Univ.

Presider Name

Micah Goodrich

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Connecticut

Paper Title 1

That Detestable, Unmentionable, and Ignominious Vice: Trans Women and Sex Work in Cross-Cultural and Cross-Temporal Perspectives

Presenter 1 Name

Alina Boyden

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison

Paper Title 2

Trans Knights, Then and Now

Presenter 2 Name

Ced Block

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Paper Title 3

Radical Pedagogy and New Medievalisms: Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson, and the Medieval Imaginary

Presenter 3 Name

Nicholas Hoffman; Joy Ellison

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Ohio State Univ.; Ohio State Univ.

Paper Title 4

The Future of Medieval Transgender Studies

Presenter 4 Name

M. W. Bychowski

Start Date

12-5-2018 10:00 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1120

Description

Facing resistance in regards to its place in contemporary society, transgender studies is beginning to look for roots within premodern eras. In recent years, a question has been floating around medieval and transgender studies, spurring conference papers and special issues of the Medieval Feminist Forum and Transgender Studies Quarterly: how might we begin to articulate a medieval transgender studies? Gaining momentum, a critical turn towards a medieval transgender studies shows signs of emergence. If such a movement is to be possible, much work remains to be done. Following in the tradition of interventions by queer, disability, and feminist scholarship, debates are arising regarding language, identity, narrative, historicism, and methodologies. This session will serve as a forum where presenters will articulate the challenges, the promises, and the resources that lay on the road towards a trans future for the past. Participants are encouraged to consider the archives of medieval history, theology, art, medicine, science, and literature that can be put into critical dialog with trans voices from the past and today.

Gabrielle Bychowski

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Towards a Medieval Transgender Studies

Schneider 1120

Facing resistance in regards to its place in contemporary society, transgender studies is beginning to look for roots within premodern eras. In recent years, a question has been floating around medieval and transgender studies, spurring conference papers and special issues of the Medieval Feminist Forum and Transgender Studies Quarterly: how might we begin to articulate a medieval transgender studies? Gaining momentum, a critical turn towards a medieval transgender studies shows signs of emergence. If such a movement is to be possible, much work remains to be done. Following in the tradition of interventions by queer, disability, and feminist scholarship, debates are arising regarding language, identity, narrative, historicism, and methodologies. This session will serve as a forum where presenters will articulate the challenges, the promises, and the resources that lay on the road towards a trans future for the past. Participants are encouraged to consider the archives of medieval history, theology, art, medicine, science, and literature that can be put into critical dialog with trans voices from the past and today.

Gabrielle Bychowski