Gendering and Degendering Death in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Period, panel RSA 2021 Dublin

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Call for Papers
August 10, 2020
Manitoba, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Early Modern History and Period Studies, European History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Sexuality Studies, Cultural History / Studies

Gender and Death in the Late Middle Ages and Early Modernity


Gender and Death in the late middle ages and early modernity


Submissions welcome for panel at the April 2021 Renaissance Society of America conference in Dublin 


Call for proposals on how the category of gender survived, disappeared or was transformed in contact with death in the late medieval and early modern period.

Proposal of how the differentiation based on the categories male/female was maintained, effaced or subsumed within other contemporary categories when dealing with dead bodies, their cult, conservation, etc. Discussions of how Laqueur's one-sex model is supported or undermined by social practices that compensated for the dead bodies' lack of agency to "perform" or "do gender."

Studies of wills, funeral procedures, burials, relics, anatomical dissection, representations of death and afterlife etc. are some of the documents and practices that can be analyzed in the proposal.

Send 200 word proposal by August 1 2020 to

Enrique Fernandez,

University of Manitoba


Contact Info: 

Enrique Fernandez, Prof.

University of Manitoba