Call for Papers

Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages 3-5 May 2017


We are pleased to announce the call for papers for Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages 2017, an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the University of St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies (SAIMS). Entering into its ninth year, this conference welcomes participation from postgraduate, postdoctoral and early career researchers interested in one or both of our focal themes of gender studies or more general ideas of transgression in the mediaeval period.

This year’s keynote lecture will be delivered by Prof Elisabeth Robertson (University of Glasgow) and will explore rape in the work of Chaucer. Other invited speakers are Drs Kate Thomas (University of York) and Gregory Hulsman (Trinity College, Dublin).

We invite proposals for 20-minutes papers that engage with the themes of gender and/or transgression from various disciplinary standpoints, such as historical, linguistic, literary, archaeological, art historical, or others. We strongly encourage abstracts which focus not only on western Christendom, but also the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic world.

We also welcome proposals for A3-A2 posters regarding your research, which will be mounted as an exhibition in the medieval Undercroft in the Mediaeval departmental building. This way we will be able to allow more participants to present their research and methodologies and to be able to network with the rest of the delegates.

Possible topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Legal Studies: women in the courtroom, gendered crimes, law breaking and law making
  • Orthodoxy and Heresy: transgressing orthodox thought, portrayals of religious ‘outsiders’, monasticism, lay religion, mysticism
  • Monsters, lepers, Others, animals, transhumanist thought in the middle ages
  • Moral transgression, adultery, sexual related court cases
  • Sexual deviancy, non-standard sexuality or gender identities
  • New methodologies and theories: social network theory, digital humanities

Those wishing to participate with either a paper or a poster should please submit a 250-words abstract and a 100-words biography to by 28 February 2017. Registration for the conference will be £15, covering tea, coffee, lunch and two wine receptions. All delegates are also warmly invited to the conference meal on Thursday 4th May. Further details can be found at as they become available.

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A downloadable version of the call for papers is available here: gender-and-transgression-2017-cfp