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Call for Papers: Women, Power, and Agency in the Medieval World, 500-1500

Sunday, 1 March 2020, 10 – 11am

Call for Papers: Women, Power, and Agency in the Medieval World, 500-1500

This call for papers closes on March the 1st; the conference itself will take place on the 16th of May, 2020.

Call for Papers:

Women of the Middle Ages are often perceived as absent or ineffective political leaders, influencers, and property owners. Although scholars have continued to produce feminist works, students are often still assigned misogynistic and antiquated secondary texts, skewed media representation, and exceptionalist arguments. 

Women regularly appeared in court, owned property, and provided defensive manoeuvres. Their actions were multi-faceted and often impossible to place firmly within the dichotomies of good or bad, wife or mistress, saint or seductress, madwoman or prophetess. In nuanced historiography, it is possible to not only contextualise their lives within their times, but to see their relevance within the modern age, allowing their legacies to be defined by their own words and actions. 

This conference seeks to reconsider primary and secondary sources through a feminist lens by tracing the actions of individual women through history. The conference is open to scholars of all levels and disciplines. The conference is free and open to all. 

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to
Deadline: 1st March 2020

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Conferences, Lectures and Seminars
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Public

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