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>From: Marla Segol <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Theorizing Gender in Medieval Texts (9/15/05; 
>Kalamazoo, 5/4/06-5/7/06)
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>Theory: The process of theorizing gender in medieval texts
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>This panel will be dedicated to exploring the process of theorizing =20
>gender in medieval texts.
>It will focus on some key questions inherent to this process, such as =20=
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>the politics of interpreting particular texts and artifacts, and of =20
>relating those interpretations to prevailing constructions of history =20=
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>and/or culture.
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>When we read a text or an artifact we make some fundamental decisions =20=
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>about its nature and the social conditions that produced it. This =20
>decision making process consists in part of determining the ways in =20
>which it participates in its cultural milieu. Many of these =20
>determinations are of necessity based in a dialectical, rather than a =20=
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>dialogical, or even a multivocal understanding of history and =20
>culture. This dialectical process has been the ballast of those self-=20
>designated =91realists=92 wishing to write women out of history. This =
>has =20
>been quite effective because as a matter of course a dialectical view =20=
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>of history stifles plurality, and smoothes over the distinctiveness =20
>of the moment by forcing them to resolution in synthesis.
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>More often than not these problems are at the crux of debate on =20
>reading gender in medieval texts. Because of the rewriting that has =20
>occurred, the particular instance is of great importance to the study =20=
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>of women and gender in the middle ages. As feminist scholars =20
>attempting to read against this sort of rewriting, we so often focus =20
>on the moment at which conventional narratives (contemporaneous or =20
>emended) break down to reveal a complexity in engenderment, or a =20
>difference from our expectations. These moments are crucial for us, =20
>in that they manifest some of the difference that has been smoothed =20
>into Hegelian synthesis. At the same time, however, without the =91big =20=
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>picture=92 it is difficult to assess the significance of a particular =20=
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>instance. We must always wrestle with what we have received, and in =20
>the act of theorizing gender and women=92s experiences, we attempt to =20=
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>connect the instance to the larger narrative. Given that the two are =20
>interrelated, we tread continuously on slippery ground.
>This panel will focus on these negotiations. I invite submissions =20
>that specifically engage the process of theorizing gender and women=92s =20=
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>experiences. Individual papers might discuss in depth the process of =20
>negotiating a particular instance crucial to our understanding of =20
>women and gender in the middle ages, with special attention to the =20
>ways in which we engaged big-picture constructs thought to govern =20
>discourse on the subject. Some of these narrative constructs  might =20
>include the normalization of maleness, heterosexuality, Chrsitianity, =20=
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>and Europeanness. Alternatively, I invite papers exploring the ways =20
>in which these =91rules=92 of interpretation are made.
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>Please send abstracts by September 5 to Marla Segol:
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>or:
>Marla Segol
>2A52 Paterson Hall
>Religion and Classics
>Carleton University
>1152 Colonel By Drive
>Ottawa, ON
>K1S 5B2 Canada
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>Marla Segol
>Assistant Professor of Religion
>Carleton University

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