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Gender, Identity, Iconography

Image for the Gender and Medieval Studies conference 2018
Monday, January 8, 2018 (All day) to Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (All day)
Corpus Christi College, Merton Street, Oxford, OX1 4JF


The 2018 Gender and Medieval Studies conference is on 'Gender, Identity, Iconography'. This event is being organised in association with Oxford Medieval Studies, sponsored by the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH).

The glittering beauty of the Alfred Jewel, the rich illustration of the Lindisfarne Gospels, the dominating Great West Window of York Minster, the intricate embroidery of the Bayeux Tapestry, the luminous Maestà of Duccio, the opulent Oseberg ship burial, and the sophisticated imagery of the Ruthwell cross are all testament to the centrality of the visual to our understanding of a range of medieval cultures.

Constructed at and across the intersections of race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, national identity, age, social class, and economic status, gendered medieval identities are multiple, mobile, and multivalent. Iconography – both religious and secular – plays a key role in the representation of such multifaceted identities. But visual symbols do not merely represent personhood. Across the range of medieval media, visual symbolism is used actively to produce, inscribe, and express the gendered identities of both individuals and groups.

The 2018 Gender and Medieval Studies Conference welcomes papers on all aspects of gender, identity and iconography from those working on medieval subjects in any discipline.

A conference for everyone

Corpus Christi College’s auditorium is fully wheelchair accessible, has accessible toilets, and features a hearing loop for those using hearing aids. Please contact us if you have specific accessibility needs you would like to discuss. We plan to provide a private lactation space.


Contact name: 
Rachel Moss
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