"The Imagined Woman in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Interdisciplinary Perspectives"
With a decidedly interdisciplinary agenda, and focusing on Medieval and Early Modern Europe, this conference investigates the image and imagery of women, as well as the concepts attached to both. In suggesting an approach capable of integrating diverse aspects, its aim is to complement the research so far, which has tended to focus either on historical studies concerning influential female individuals and writers, or on works scrutinizing the literary imagery relating to women. An interdisciplinary approach seems needful, seeing that references to multiple levels of knowledge – including contemporaneous cultural debates and controversies – are sedimented in Medieval and Early Modern texts; by exploring these contexts, research may shed further light on the ‘history’ of women, and (re-)trace the path that has led to the ‘construction’ of modern notions of ‘woman’.
With lectures by leading international scholars from different disciplines related to Medieval and Early Modern studies, the conference will address the following questions (among others): which images and imagery are related to women in Medieval and Early Modern European Literatures; in which ways is the female body imagined in, for instance, literary, medical, philosophical, and legal texts; is there an identifiably male perspective on the female body and soul?
The respective contributions will be published in a volume collecting the conference proceedings.
The conference is supported by: Frauenbeauftragte des Fachbereichs Philosophie und Geisteswissenschaftenan der Freien Universität Berlin and Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
Massimo Ciavolella (University of California, Los Angeles)
Kirsten Dickhaut (Universität Stuttgart)
Béatrice Delaurenti (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
Gaia Gubbini (Freie Universität Berlin)
Andreas Kablitz (Universität zu Köln)
Joachim Küpper (Freie Universität Berlin)
Outi Merisalo (University of Jyväskylä)
Iolanda Ventura (Université d’Orléans, Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes)