>From: Maria-Kristina Perez <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Gender and Medieval Studies: Gender, Ecstasy and
>Identity (UK) (8/1/05;
>GENDER, ECSTASY & IDENTITY:
>Creation, Disruption, Transformation
>Gender and Medieval Studies Conference 2006
>Emmanuel College, Cambridge
>6th-8th, January 2006
>The Gender and Medieval Studies Conference 2006 seeks to explore the
>relationship between Gender, Ecstasy and Identity within the medieval
>context. We would like to invite proposals for papers of 20 minutes that
>approach how feelings of ecstasy create, disrupt or transform notions of
>medieval gender and identity. We encourage a broad interpretation of the
>term ëecstasyí as any experience ñ religious, sexual, artistic, hysterical
>etc. ñ that temporarily suspends the subjectís self-possession within
>his/her physical or social body.
>We welcome abstracts of 250 words that demonstrate both a critical
>engagement with current gender debates in medieval studies and an
>examination of any aspect of the intersection between gender, ecstasy and
>Some suggested questions that papers might address are: What effect does
>ecstasy have on the individual or collective body and its corresponding
>identity? Where can the line be drawn between physical and spiritual
>ecstasy in medieval representations of ecstatic experience: visual, aural,
>oral or literary? Does ecstasy blur the boundaries between gender and
>status identities within medieval society? How are text and textuality
>important to the construction of gender, identity and ecstasy? How can
>gender and sexual identities be read as text, subtext and intertext within
>an ecstatic framework? How did symbolic structures of ecstasy, gender and
>identity affect the life of ordinary medieval people? How did ecstasy and
>gender affect local and regional identities? How did ecstasy affect
>personal and communal understandings of faith, gender and identity?
>William Burgwinkle, Kingís College, Cambridge
>Robert Mills, Kingís College, London
>Please send all abstracts in the body of an email to the conference
>organizer, MarÌa-Kristina PÈrez: [log in to unmask] by 1st August 2005.
>The registration deadline for accepted speakers will be 1st October 2005.
>Any further questions should also be addressed to the conference organizer.
>Keep an eye on our website: www.medievalgender.org.uk !
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