This conference brings together aspects of gender and documentary culture between the tenth and twelfth centuries that we believe inform and engage each other, but are often studied in isolation. Although the field of medieval gender studies is an active and well-populated one, less attention is given to the role gender played in the commissioning, use and preservation of documents, whether manuscript books or other types of documentary materials. Did medieval men and women interact with documentary culture in the same way? The texture of the relationship between gender and documentary culture has yet to be teased out, and it is hoped that this conference will provide an ideal forum to advance this field.
Friday 28 June
9.00-9.15 - Welcoming Remarks, Charles Insley, Manchester University
9.15-10.45 - Keynote I: Constance Brittain Bouchard, University of Iowa
11.00-12.15 - Session 1A: Dynastic Memory: Secular and Sacred (Chair: Laura Gathagan, SUNY, Cortland)
· April Harper (SUNY, Oneonta), 'Translating and transcribing the generations: medical texts, masculinity and the formation of physician networks.'
· Leticia Agundez (University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea), 'Recovering gender memory in the monasteries of Santa Mariea de Piasca and San Salvador de Õna, X-XIII centuries.'
· Catherine Letouzey-Rety (Caen), 'Memory and Documentary Culture at Holy Trinity Abbey, eleventh-twelfth centuries'
Session 1B: Gender and historial writing (Chair: Emily Winkler, Oxford University)
· Amy Livingstone (Ball State University), 'Confronting the Void: Countess Ermengarde and Medieval Charters'
· Robert Gallagher (University of Kent), 'Gender, Language and Documentary Culture in Ninth-Century Canterbury'
· Lindy Brady (University of Missippi), 'Women and Documentary Culture in the Literature of the Irish Sea Region'
12.30-1.30 – Lunch
1.30-3.15 – Session 2A: New Perspectives on Documentary Evidence (Chair: April Harper, SUNY, Oneonta)
· Alex Hurlow (JRRI), ‘Li empereres de France: Memories of Charlemagne in the Geste de France'
· Heather Tanner (The Ohio State University),'Anger Violence and the Exercise of Power in the High Medievla French Chronicles'
· Tatum Tullis (University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill), 'Not All Chroniclers? Orderic Vitalis and Women in the Historia Ecclesiastica'
· Emily A. Winkler (Affiliation?), 'Patrons and the Past: Æethflaed of Mercia and historical writing, 900-1200'
Session 2B: Documentary Culture in Monastic Contexts (Chair: Charles Insley, Manchester)
· Helene Scheck (State University of New York, Albany), 'Sing it, Sister! Reading the Song of Songs in Ottonian Women's Monastic Communities'
· Jirki Thibaut (Ghent University), 'Female Rhetorical Agency and Monastic Reform in Elevneth-Century Saxony'
· Aurore Drouhin (Bourgogne-Comté University), 'The charters of Jully-les Nonnians Priory'
· Mary Blanchard (Ave Maria University), 'The Anonymity of Bishops' Sisters, 900-1066'
3.15-3.45 – Tea break
3.45-5.15 – Manuscript encounter: Lindy Grant and Ben Pohl
5.30-6.30 – Drinks reception
Saturday 29 June
9.45-11.15 - Keynote II: Sarah Greer, St. Andrews
11.15-11.45 - Tea break
11.45-1.00 – Session 3A: Gender and Urbanity: Elites and their dependents in cities and Towns (Chair Constance Bouchard, Iowa)
· Richard Barton, (University of North Carolina, Greensboro) 'Remembering Female Lordship: the case of Berengeria, Lord of Le Mans
· Tiffany Zeigler, (Missouri State University at Texas) 'Women, Seals and Charters: Gendered Affirmation and Legitimation at the Hospital of Saint John Brussels'
· David Peterson, (Universidad de Burgos) 'The Widows of Buezo. Documentary traces of traumatized families in 10th-century Castile'
Session 3B: Queens in their own words? Documents and Royal Women (Chair: Pauline Stafford)
· Gabrielle Storey (University of Winchester), 'A Woman's Role? The Use of Plantagenet Women by Angevin Kings in Twelfth-Centiry Charters'
· Steven Issac (Longwood University), 'Matilda of Boulogne: What her Charters have to Say'
· Anna Lukyanova (University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill), 'Mala Francia: Unearthing the Voice(s) of Ingeborg of Denmark through Epistolary Evidence
1.15-2.15 – Lunch
2.15-3.30 – Session 4A: Objects and Memory in Gendered Contexts (Chair: Katherine Weikert, Winchester)
· Florence Scott (University of Leeds), 'Queen Emma of Normandy and the Gendered Iconography of Crowns'
· Harriet O’Connor-James (St Andrews), 'Women and Medieval Graffiti in East Anglian Churches'
· Richard A. Leson (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), 'The Testament of Jean of Ville and the Completion of the Psalter-Hours of Jeannne of Flanders'
Session 4B: Culture Links and Legal Networks (Chair: Paul Oldfield, Manchester)
· Talia Zajac (University of Nottingham), 'Between Rus', Byzantium and Poland: Two Charters from the Regency of Duchess Gremislava Ingvarnova, 1227-1228'
· Andrew Rabin (University of Lousiville), 'Gender, Justice and Community in the Early Mddle Ages: the legal networks of Anglo-Saxon women'
· Jennifer Speed, (University of Dayton), Legal Charters vs. Rhetoric in Medieval Catalonia: the Case of the Countess Aurembiaix of Urgell'
3.45-4.15 – Tea break
4.30-6.00 - Keynote III, Steven Vanderputten, University of Bruges
6.00-6.15 – Closing remarks, Laura Gathagan SUNY Cortland
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