Symposium. Crisis, Gender and the Politics of Time in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods

In the last two decades queer, gender and feminist studies have brought about a better understanding of varied temporal experiences and discourses of time in pre- and early modern societies. Far from being a disembodied concept, time is quintessentially associated with contingent social practices and narratives of gender. More specifically, the interaction between gender and temporalityis inherent tostrategies of memorialization, as well as to historiographical narratives, both medieval and modern. By using the conceptual tool of crisis, this conference looks at the broader European and Mediterranean spaces across both the medieval and early modern periods. We take the term crisis in its wider meaning and we regard it as conceptually suitable to highlighting the connections between different temporal patterns (e.g. eschatological temporalities; renewal and decadence; prophecies etc.) across a variety of social backgrounds. Contributions have a wide chronological and conceptual scope, ranging from early Christianity and Byzantium to medievalist literature, from the political import of gendered temporalities to the narratives of subjective experiences.


The symposium of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, supported by the History Department, University of Southern Denmark and the Centre for Medieval Literature (SDU/University of York) will take place on the 5th  and 6th of November 2019 in Odense.


Attendance is free, but if interested you are required to fill in a registration form due to limited availability of seats. The registration form will be made available here one month prior to event. Registration will close on the 28th of October. For further information contact Aglae Pizzone ( 


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