The WCC UK at the 2017 International Medieval Congress in Leeds


We are delighted to be co-organising two panels at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, taking place on 3rd-6th July, in partnership with the History Department at the University of Huddersfield. The two panels came out of our successful ECR day last summer on feminist pedagogy in classics, along with a document outlining the top tips from the day’s discussion [links to PDF]. The ECR day generated a lot of conversation on Twitter and led to a feeling that medievalists and classicists should be sharing thoughts on this issue, particularly given the often blurred lines between late antiquity and the medieval period. Come find us:

7-8pm, Monday 3rd July – Feminist Pedagogy from Antiquity to the Middle Ages: A Round Table Discussion

Chair: Patricia Cullum, Division of History, University of Huddersfield

This round table discussion brings together experts from a range of teaching and research backgrounds, career stages, and across the disciplines of Medieval History, Classics, Archaeology and Heritage Studies, and English Literature. This round table unites customarily disparate voices through the focus on gender and women, and facilitates the productive exchange of experiences and approaches to feminist and inclusive pedagogy. Discussion will be structured by the following themes:

  • What is feminist pedagogy, and how do we do it?
  • Finding feminist pedagogy in language and translation teaching.
  • Finding the female voice in primary sources.
  • The value of teaching and pedagogical research as a gendered issue.

Participants include Carol Atack (University of Oxford), Sarah Bond (University of Iowa), Liz Herbert McAvoy (Swansea University), Sharon Marshall (University of Exeter), and Diane Watt (University of Surrey).

7-8pm, Tuesday 4th July – Crossing Chronological Boundaries: A Round Table Discussion

Chair: Victoria Leonard, Institute of Classical Studies, University of London

This round table discussion brings together academics whose combined expertise covers a large swathe of history, from Classics to the Middle Ages. It enables a rare dialogue that crosses the barriers of periodisation and seeks to break them down. With a particular focus on gender and women, discussion will highlight areas of intersection and difference between Classics and Medieval Studies as disciplines and as fields of research with discrete pedagogical approaches. Discussion will question the value of periodisation and the segregation of gender within the strictures of a periodised approach to the past, asking how such categorisation can be renegotiated.

Participants include Julia Hillner (University of Sheffield), Conrad Leyser (University of Oxford), Julia M. H. Smith (University of Oxford), Rachel Stone (King’s College London), Shaun Tougher (Cardiff University), and Robin Whelan (University of Oxford).

Let us know if you’re going to be at the IMC, and keep an eye out for us on Twitter!

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