Session Title

Queer Medieval Ecologies (A Roundtable)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

New Queer Medievalisms

Organizer Name

Christopher Michael Roman

Organizer Affiliation

Kent State Univ.

Presider Name

William Rogers

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Louisiana-Monroe

Paper Title 1

"In the orchard to the quen hye come": Critiquing Heteronormative and Anthropocentric Behaviors in the Queer Ecological Space of Sir Orfeo's Orchard

Presenter 1 Name

Kathryn A. Simko

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Kent State Univ.

Paper Title 2

Queer Ecologies of Pleasure and Punishment in the Très Riches Heures

Presenter 2 Name

Gerry Guest

Presenter 2 Affiliation

John Carroll Univ.

Paper Title 3

Queer Landscapes in Early Medieval England

Presenter 3 Name

Heide Estes

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Monmouth Univ.

Start Date

10-5-2020 10:30 AM

Session Location

Bernhard 210

Description

In the first three seasons of the reinvigorated Queer Eye (now streaming on Netflix), one hallmark of the show is that despite being based in urban spaces—Atlanta, Kansas City—the Queer Eye hosts often travel to rural towns and communities encountering a queer America rarely discussed. By circulating between urban and rural spaces, this reality show highlights an ecological relationship, one that incorporates queer people, work, and place into a larger queer diaspora. This panel seeks to investigate this queer, ecological phenomenon transhistorically, thinking about the queer ecologies of the Middle Ages. As Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands and Bruce Erikson write in their seminal collection Queer Ecologies, queer ecology is “a new practice of ecological knowledge, spaces, and politics that places central attention on challenging hetero-ecologies from the perspective of non-normative sexual and gender positions” (22). We seek papers that interrogate queer spaces, places, ecologies, landscapes, topographies and nature in any period and place of the Middle Ages. Possible topics include: queer diasporas, queer landscapes, trans-spaces, critiques of repro-centric nature, queering the garden, hybrid plants, bi-geographies, and the queer animal. Christopher Roman

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May 10th, 10:30 AM

Queer Medieval Ecologies (A Roundtable)

Bernhard 210

In the first three seasons of the reinvigorated Queer Eye (now streaming on Netflix), one hallmark of the show is that despite being based in urban spaces—Atlanta, Kansas City—the Queer Eye hosts often travel to rural towns and communities encountering a queer America rarely discussed. By circulating between urban and rural spaces, this reality show highlights an ecological relationship, one that incorporates queer people, work, and place into a larger queer diaspora. This panel seeks to investigate this queer, ecological phenomenon transhistorically, thinking about the queer ecologies of the Middle Ages. As Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands and Bruce Erikson write in their seminal collection Queer Ecologies, queer ecology is “a new practice of ecological knowledge, spaces, and politics that places central attention on challenging hetero-ecologies from the perspective of non-normative sexual and gender positions” (22). We seek papers that interrogate queer spaces, places, ecologies, landscapes, topographies and nature in any period and place of the Middle Ages. Possible topics include: queer diasporas, queer landscapes, trans-spaces, critiques of repro-centric nature, queering the garden, hybrid plants, bi-geographies, and the queer animal. Christopher Roman