Conference Queers the Middle Ages

On November 5-7, the groundbreaking “Queer Middle Ages” conference took place at the The Graduate Center, CUNY and at NYU, and drew an attendance of over 150 people. Plenary speakers included Judith Bennett (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Michael Camille (University of Chicago), Carolyn Dinshaw (University of California, Berkeley), and Everett K. Rowson (University of Pennsylvania). Attendees participated in lively discussions following a wide array of presentations distributed over twenty-five panels. The latter ranged from sessions on cross-dressing, pedagogy, body fluids, language, kinship and empire, to Byzantium, India, Iran, the lberic peninsula and several national literatures. The papers assembled drew on a wide variety of methodologies and bridged a number of different disciplines – religious studies, anthropology and folklore studies, literary theory and criticism, art history, history, musicology.

Francesca Canade-Sautman
Conference Co-Chair