Conference on Constructing Medieval Sexuality

Michael Camille, University of Chicago
Michael Camille, University of Chicago
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Other Renaissance Programs
Friday, March 4, 1994 to Saturday, March 5, 1994

By acknowledging the alterity of medieval constructions of sexuality, scholars are beginning to redefine the way we read medieval culture. What connections exist between sexuality and other cultural practices? What specific ideologies inform medieval sexuality? This conference brought together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to address medieval constructions of sexuality and sexual practice from a variety of perspectives.

Friday, March 4

Welcome and introduction

Richard H. Brown, The Newberry Library

Session 1

Homosexuality, Luxuria, and Textual Abuse
Mark Jordan, University of Notre Dame (now at Washington University in Saint Louis)

Sciences/Silences: Naming “Sodomites” and Other Others
Joan Cadden, Kenyon College (now University of California, Davis, emerita)

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Murderous Plots and Medieval Secrets
Karma Lochrie, Loyola University Chicago (now at Indiana University)

Saturday, March 5

Session 2

Sexuality and Marginality
Ruth Mazo Karras, University of Pennsylvania (now at University of Minnesota)

Transgressive Sexualities in Old French Hagiography
Simon Gaunt, University of Cambridge (now at King’s College, London)

Doubling Incest: Marriage in the Tribe and Sex in the Home
Kathryn Gravdal, Columbia University

Pollution, Illusion, and Masculine Disarray
Dyan Elliott, Indiana University (now at Northwestern University)

Session 3

Manuscript illumination and the Art of Copulation in the Middle Ages
Michael Camille, University of Chicago

Reconstruction Medieval Sexuality
James Brundage, University of Kansas (now emeritus)

The Touch of the Queer
Carolyn Dinshaw, University of California, Berkeley (now at New York University)

Session 4: Roundtable Discussion

Sponsored by DePaul University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Loyola University Chicago; and organized by Karma Lochrie, Loyola University Chicago (now at Indiana University); Peggy McCracken, University of Illinois at Chicago (now at University of Michigan); James Schultz, University of Illinois at Chicago (now at University of California, Los Angeles); and Karen Scott, DePaul University.

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