CFP: Gender and Medieval Studies conference 2021: ‘Gender and Mobility’ (11–13 January 2021), deadline 31 August 2020

We have three plenary speakers:

  • Professor Liz Herbert McAvoy (Swansea University)
  • Dr Rachel Moss (University of Northampton) 
  • Dr Mine Sevinc (University of Surrey) Early Career Plenary. 

Postgraduate workshop by Professor Elaine Treharne (Stanford University)We also have a storytelling performance, Mappa Mundi by Dr Daisy Black (University of Wolverhampton)

In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic led to heavy restrictions on mobility across the globe; borders were closed, lockdowns imposed and communications moved further online. As we adapt to a new normal with less freedom to roam, travel and physically connect with people and materials, this conference aims to open up a dialogue about the tensions between mobility and immobility in the medieval world. The organisers welcome proposals on any aspect of gender and mobility in the medieval world from scholars at any stage of study or career. Proposals for papers may include, but are not limited to:

• Mobility/Immobility • Orientation/disorientation • Social mobility • Manuscript circulation and transmission • Mobility and disability • Literary narratives of mobility • The Global Middle Ages • Representations of mobility/immobility in art • Race and borders • Medieval cartography/imagined geographies • Borders and thresholds • Transgressive/queer/monstrous mobilities • Networks • Geopolitics • Travel • Ecocriticism

We anticipate contributors giving papers of 10-15 minutes. Proposals for panels of 3-4 papers are also warmly welcomed, as are proposals for roundtables (90 minutes) of 3-5 participants. The conference aims to be as inclusive as possible and encourages participation from around the globe. As such the sessions and activities will be a mixture of live and pre-recorded material.

Please submit proposed titles and abstracts of 300 words, with a short biography to Amy Louise Morgan ( by 31st August 2020

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Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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