Session Title

New Perspectives on Gender and Difference in Honor of Sharon Farmer (A Roundtable)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Medieval Foremothers Society

Organizer Name

Tanya Stabler Miller

Organizer Affiliation

Loyola Univ. Chicago

Presider Name

Kathryn Lavezzo

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Iowa

Paper Title 1

Discussant

Presenter 1 Name

Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Pittsburgh

Paper Title 2

Discussant

Presenter 2 Name

Jessica Marin Elliott

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Missouri State Univ.

Paper Title 3

Discussant

Presenter 3 Name

Fiona Harris-Stoertz

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Trent Univ.

Paper Title 4

Discussant

Presenter 4 Name

Anne E. Lester

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Johns Hopkins Univ.

Paper Title 5

Discussant

Presenter 5 Name

Nancy A. McLoughlin

Presenter 5 Affiliation

Univ. of California-Irvine

Paper Title 6

Discussant

Presenter 6 Name

Martha G. Newman

Presenter 6 Affiliation

Univ. of Texas-Austin

Paper Title 7

Discussant

Presenter 7 Name

Kate Kelsey Staples

Presenter 7 Affiliation

West Virginia Univ.

Start Date

8-5-2020 3:30 PM

Session Location

Fetzer 1045

Description

In recognition of her many contributions to the field of medieval history, the Medieval Foremothers Society has chosen Sharon A. Farmer as the honoree for 2020.

In the early 2000s, Sharon Farmer challenged the binary model of sexual difference, revealing the inconsistencies in medieval gender discourses by testing them against the particularities of context, audience, and status group. Combining multiple methodologies, Farmer asked us to inquire how gender is embodied, how those embodiments reflect particular economic and political relations, and where those relations fit within larger arguments about religion, nation, identity, and power. The goal of this roundtable is to discuss and draw on the methodological innovations of Farmer’s work, particularly her commitment to demonstrating the ethnic, religious, and economic complexity of gender negotiations. This roundtable, which will explore how focusing on the intersection of gender and categories of difference may shed light on the most pressing concerns of the field.

Tanya Stabler Miller

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May 8th, 3:30 PM

New Perspectives on Gender and Difference in Honor of Sharon Farmer (A Roundtable)

Fetzer 1045

In recognition of her many contributions to the field of medieval history, the Medieval Foremothers Society has chosen Sharon A. Farmer as the honoree for 2020.

In the early 2000s, Sharon Farmer challenged the binary model of sexual difference, revealing the inconsistencies in medieval gender discourses by testing them against the particularities of context, audience, and status group. Combining multiple methodologies, Farmer asked us to inquire how gender is embodied, how those embodiments reflect particular economic and political relations, and where those relations fit within larger arguments about religion, nation, identity, and power. The goal of this roundtable is to discuss and draw on the methodological innovations of Farmer’s work, particularly her commitment to demonstrating the ethnic, religious, and economic complexity of gender negotiations. This roundtable, which will explore how focusing on the intersection of gender and categories of difference may shed light on the most pressing concerns of the field.

Tanya Stabler Miller