Gender and Transgression

2nd Annual Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages Conference

1-2 May 2009

gender and transgression

This postgraduate conference seeks to bring together medievalists working on themes within these broad subject areas. The aim of this day and a half conference is to encourage inter-disciplinary discussion, and create an informal atmosphere to allow Masters' and Phd students to present their research.

This year's keynote speaker will be Professor John Arnold from Birkbeck College, London. Abstracts of no more than 300 words are now being accepted at The deadline for the call for papers is March 15th 2009, with the deadline for registration on April 15th. Registration can be done at the online shop,, prices £10 for academics and £5 for students and unwaged.


Friday 1st May

3:00-4:30 Registration
The Undercroft

4:45 Welcome by Kimberley-Joy Knight (St Andrews Institute for Mediaeval Studies)
New Seminar Room

5:00-6:30 Session 1
New Seminar Room

Laura Tompkins (St Andrews Institute for Mediaeval Studies): Taking back the Garter: women at the court of Richard III

Sarah Williams (Dept of History, Cardiff University): Style, Sin and Civilty: Masculine Identity in the Absence of Women at the Court of William Rufus

Lewis Beer (Dept of English, University of Warwick): Machaut's Difficulties With Women, And How He Overcame Them

6:30-7:30 Wine Reception
The Undercroft

8:00 Dinner
Zizzi, South Street


Saturday 2nd May

9:00-10:00 Late Registration
The Undercroft

10:00-11.30 Keynote Speaker Professor John Arnold (Birkbeck College, University of London)
New Seminar Room

Against what did mediaeval people transgress?

11.30-12.00 Coffee Break
The Undercroft

12:00-1:30 Session 2
New Seminar Room

Kimberley Steele (Dept of History, Aberyswyth University): Sponsa Christi: Female Anglo-Saxon Saints and the Evolution of their Cults

Kimberley-Joy Knight (St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies): Crocodile Tears? The cases of Umiliana de 'Cerchi and Dauphine of Puimichel

Angela B Kay: The Problem of the Penis: Clerical sexuality in Gerald of Wales' "Gemma Ecclesiastica"

1:30-2:30 Lunch
The Undercroft

2:30-3:30 Session 3
New Seminar Room

Jamie Page (St Andrews Institute for Mediaeval Studies): Prostitutes as mitigants in 15th century Germany

Lyudmyla Bashynska (Clare College, Cambridge): Household and women's self-identity: The case studies from fifteenth-century Norfolk

3:30-3:45 Coffee Break
The Undercroft

3:45-4:45 Session 4
New Seminar Room

Michael Papadopoulos (Dept of English, University of Leeds): 'Odinn Androgyne: The Mythological Transgressions of Richard Wagner'

Grainne Watson: Fortune favours the male: the gendered role of saelde in Wigalois

4:45-5:00 Break

5:00 Round Table discussion lead by Dr Frances Andrews (St Andrews Institute for Mediaeval Studies)
New Seminar Room or the Garden depending on weather

6:00-7:00 Wine Reception
The Undercroft

7:00 Conference Close