Beyond Between Men: A symposium report – and a call to arms

A helpfully detailed conference report from a fascinating sounding conference, which I was sad not to be able to attend.

Rachel E. Moss

“Frynd synd on eorþan, / leofe lifgende leger weardiað”
[There are friends/lovers on earth, / dear ones living who lie in bed (together)]
The Wife’s Lament, a tenth-century Old English poem

conference The definitely-not-homosocial social space of the conference: relaxing over dinner

In Oxford, around 30 scholars from several disciplines, working on periods ranging from the early medieval to the near-contemporary, met to attend Beyond Between Men: Homosociality Across Time on the what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far – Monday 19 June. The Radcliffe Humanities Building, usually an airy space, gradually took on the feeling of a steam room as the day progressed. Yet delegates – with fans improvised out of the programme, slurping water and wryly tweeting pictures of the Circles of Hell – gamely stayed engaged from 9.30pm to 6pm, through an incredibly packed schedule. A plenary paper, twelve papers…

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First event, Leeds, 28 April 2017

The programme for the first Re-reading Dante’s Vita nova event is out! #VitanovaUK

Re-reading Dante's Vita nova

We’re very pleased to announce the programme for the first event in the ‘Re-reading Dante’s Vita nova‘ series. We’ll be meeting in the Research Hub at the University of Leeds from 2pm (full details on the poster below), and we welcome you to join us there!

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There will be presentations from members of the Italian programme at Leeds and the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies, followed by ample opportunity for a discussion of the start of Dante’s little book, the Vita nova.

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Rereading Dante’s Vita nova

I want to take a moment to introduce a new Dante project taking place over the next two years, led by researchers from eight universities, and involving colleagues from even more institutions. This ambitious network will go back to the Florentine poet’s ‘little book’ and, through rereading Dante’s Vita nova in it’s historical, intellectual, material, literary context and afterlife will reconsider the import of Dante’s (probably) first foray into long form literary production.

Source: The Project

CFP: Beyond Between Men, 19 June 2017

This looks like it will be a really interesting day!

BEYOND BETWEEN MEN

Beyond Between Men: Homosociality Across Time

University of Oxford, Monday 19 June 2017

Since the publication of Eve Sedgwick’s groundbreaking 1985 work Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire, ‘homosociality’ has become a regularly-used shorthand term for social bonds between persons of the same gender, and for the hegemonic norms that result from those social bonds. Despite this, academic discourse on homosociality in its historic context is surprisingly underdeveloped. Homosocial relationships and spaces do not just naturally manifest: they must be introduced, maintained, and developed in a variety of social contexts. That it is often assumed that homosociality simply ‘happens’ is a result of the internalisation of the cultural discourse that makes gender solidarity – in its most basic form, needing ‘girl time’ or ‘guy time’ – seem obvious and natural, when in fact promoting and maintaining (and in rarer contexts, deliberately dismantling) homosocial relationships and spaces requires…

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URGENT! Petition to Protect Birgittine Manuscripts at Altomünster

The Syon Abbey Society

The Birgittine library at Altomünster is at immanent risk. Only recently discovered by scholars, this women’s library contains an irreplaceable ensemble of books and other materials that can extend our knowledge of late-medieval women’s experiences.

To sign a petition go to the following site:

https://www.change.org/p/roman-catholic-archdiocese-munich-and-freising-newly-discovered-birgittine-manuscripts-at-risk-monastery-altom%C3%BCnster-germany

To read more about the situation:

https://asu.academia.edu/CorineSchleif

[Notification sent in by Society members Corine Schleif, Michelle Urberg, and Volker Schier]

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Call for Papers | Beyond Genius and Muse

Gender & Authority

Yesterday, at our second seminar of the term, we heard a fascinating paper by Annika Forkert on the complex and sometimes collaborative relationship between the composer Elisabeth Lutyens and her husband, sometime conductor and musical programmer Edward Clark, whom she called her ‘yardstick’. This paper and the discussion following raised a number of challenging questions as to how we classify and research collaboration between artistic couples. There will be a conference exploring precisely these questions at the University of Bristol in April 2017, and the call for papers can be found here.

More information on the conference and how to submit a proposal can be found on the conference website.

Beyond Genius and Muse: Collaborating Couples in Twentieth-Century Arts
Interdisciplinary Conference
18th-19th April 2017
Victoria Rooms, Queen’s Road
Department of Music
University of Bristol, BS8 1SA

Common perceptions of the artist still picture a lonely genius in a…

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Second Seminar of Michaelmas Term: Music and Dance

The second Gender and Authority Seminar of the term brings together papers on ‘women’s music’ and a feminist canon in ballet.

Gender & Authority

Join us on Wednesday for the second seminar of term, at which we’ll hear from Katherine Watson on a feminist canon in ballet and Annika Forkert on the complexities of musical canonicity and ‘women’s music’.

We’ll be back in lecture room 2 at Christ Church, with a 5.15pm start and we look forward to seeing you there!

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