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Women, Power, and Agency in the Medieval World, 500-1500

Saturday, 16 May 2020, 9am – 5pm

Women, Power, and Agency in the Medieval World, 500-1500

This symposium has been moved online due to Covid-19. The event will be streamed on the conference website on 16 May 2020. All are welcome.

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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.

Campus Location: Online
Accessibility: N/A
Room: Conference Website:…
Event Category: Conferences, Lectures and Seminars
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Public
Cost: Free

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