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The Gender & Medieval Studies (GMS) Group is a UK-based organization devoted solely to putting together an annual interdisciplinary conference, which furthers the study of medieval gender. The conference is an annual peripatetic event that has been running since at least the late 1980s (oral history suggests that it was running in 1987 at the latest) and traditionally takes place in early January.

It is geared as much towards postgraduate students as established scholars. A steering committee exists to help ensure the continuation of the conference from year to year.

The next conference will take place at the University of Hull on the 6th- 8th January.  A call for papers may be found below.

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Gender and Medieval Studies Conference 2016
The University of Hull

Gender and Emotion

6th – 8th January 2016

 Keynote speaker: Professor Katharine Goodland, College of Staten Island


Bookings now open!  Click here for details.


Provisional Programme

Wednesday 6 January

12:45-1:45pm: Registration

1:45pm: Welcome and Opening Remarks

2-3:30pm: Keynote Lecture: Dr Katharine Goodland (The College of Staten Island, City University of New York): "Ghostly Presences: Marian Mourning and the Search for Justice in Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy.

3:30-4pm: Coffee

4-5:30pm: Parallel Sessions

Panel 1a: Courtly Emotion

Emma Levitt, (University of Huddersfield), ‘Best loved of the King’: homosocial bonding and male friendships at the courts of Edward IV and Henry VIII.

Fran Murray (University of St Andrews), Masculinity, Rulership and Tears in Carolingian Panegyric.

Amy L Morgan (University of Surrey), ‘reueyd out of hir witt’: Extreme Emotion and Queer Responses in Sir Orfeo.

Panel 1b) Emotion and Community

Kristi DiClemente (Mississippi University for Women), ‘Non Sibi Placet’: The Use of Pleasure in Marriage Disputes.

Arica Roberts (University of Utah), The abortion miracles of St. Brigit of Kildare. 

Christopher Liebtag Miller, (University of Toronto) Ladies in Anger: Emotions and the Negotiation of Status Between Women in Middle High German Epic.

5:30pm: Close


Thursday 7 January

9:30-11am: Parallel Sessions

Panel 2a) Writing Emotion

Katrina Wilkins (University of Nottingham), Gender, Emotion, and Characterization in Ælfric’s Esther.

Efthymia Priki (University of Cyprus) Gendered Desire? Men and Women Falling in Love in the Tale of Livistros and Rodamne and in the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili .

Ioana Coman (University of St Andrews), Grimestone’s book, Grimestone’s body: Freudian melancholy and creation of identity in the Advocates MS 18.7.21.

Panel 2b) The Craft of Emotion

Nicholas Townson (University of York), Thought about emotion and ad status sermons in Roman Province in the thirteenth century.

Kim Bergqvist (Stockholm University), Gender, Affect, and Emotional Scripts in Medieval Castilian Literature.

An-Katrien Hanselaer (University of Ghent), Conditioning of the inner life and the emotional behaviour in late medieval semi-religious groups of the Southern Low Countries.


11-11:30am: Coffee (Foyer)

11:30-1pm: Parallel Sessions

Panel 3a) The Emotional Imagination

Ayoush Lazikani (University of Oxford), Emotional Sentience in the Lives of Edith of Wilton and Christina of Markyate

Sarah McKeon (University of Hull), Gendered consolation: form, reform and reading Chaucer’s Boece

Eleni Ponirakis (University of Nottingham), The Question of Emotion and Gender in Cynewulf’s Juliana.

Panel 3b)  Emotions and Materiality

Anna Boeles Rowland (University of Oxford), Emotional objects? Gift giving in medieval romance and legal narratives.

Katherine Briant (Fordham University), Prostitution of Textual Reproduction from Manuscript to Print.

Patricia Skinner (University of Winchester), Shame-faced? Possible depictions of the punished adulterer in 13th-century English sculpture.


1-2pm: Lunch (Foyer)

2-3:30pm: Parallel Sessions

Panel 4a) Emotional Bodies

Dr Victoria Blud (University of York) Double sorwe: Embodied emotion and gendered bodies in Troilus and Criseyde.

Paul McFadyen (University of Dundee), The Exomale; a Medieval Tin Man.

Laura Kalas Williams (University of Exeter), Mourning and Melancholia in The Book of Margery Kempe.

Panel 4b) Moralising Emotion

Anne-Laure Méril-Bellini delle Stelle (Independent), “Caritatis norma”: controlling emotions with spiritual affections among the mulieres religiosae of the 13th-century Southern Low Countries.

Diane Heath, (University of Kent), Bestiaries, Beasts, and Beastliness: Understanding and the Animal in Medieval Gender and Emotion.

Sarah Macmillan (University of Birmingham), ‘Withoute loue it is harde to suffre’: Endurance, the Emotions and The Book of Tribulation.


3:30-4pm: Coffee (Foyer)

4-5:30pm: Performance of ‘Bawdy Tales’ with Debs Newbold

5:30pm: Close

7pm: Conference Dinner


Friday 8 January

9:30-11am: Parallel Sessions

Panel 5a) Articulating Emotion

Eva-Maria Lauenstein (Birbeck, University of London), Staging grief for the self and the ‘other’: Blancheflour’s Tomb and the Materiality of Death.

Martin M. Laidlaw (University of Dundee), She spak ful faire and fetisly: Madame Eglentyne and Benedictine Silence.

Inna Matyushina (University for the Humanities, Moscow and University of Exeter), Grief and Gender in Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon Poetry.


Panel 5b) Maternal Emotion

Linda E. Mitchell (University of Missouri) “Give Me Back My Son!” Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Political Use of Emotion

Lydia Harris (Durham University), The Emotion(less) Womb: Rejected Motherhood and Forgotten Foetuses in Twelfth-Century Pregnancy Narratives.

Cory Hitt (University of St Andrews), Burning Breasts: Mothers as Counsel-Givers in Old French and Anglo-Norman Literature.

11-11:30am Coffee (Foyer)

11:30-12:30pm: Panel 6


Panel 6a) The Emotional ‘Other’

Marcel Elias (University of Cambridge) Modifying Chivalric Emotions in the Charlemagne Romances.

Matthew Roby (University of Oxford), Carnal Cadavers: Sexual Violence in the Icelandic Family Sagas.

Orsolya Varsányi (Pázmány Péter Catholic University), The Emotive “Other” in Late Medieval Apologetic Literature.


Panel 6b) Grief, Action, Masculinity

Carla Jardim (University of York), Loss and Manhood in a Late Medieval Codex.

Sophie Harwood (University of Leeds), ‘Tuit regretent la damoisele’: The Gendered Death of Female Warriors in the Roman de Troie and the Roman d’Enéas

Carys Crossen (Manchester Metropolitan University), ‘Parce que chaque jour j'ai pensé à toi’: Gender and Emotion in Modern Cinematic Depictions of the Medieval.


12:30-1:30pm: Lunch

1:00-2:00pm: GMS Business Meeting

2-3:30pm: Workshop: Using Storytelling in Academia

3:30pm Conference Close


For more details, contact organiser Daisy Black at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .






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