Colloque – 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 in uential 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 di erent 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 identi ably male perspective on the female body and soul?

The respective contributions will be published in a volume collecting the conference proceedings.

Imagined Woma

Programme :

June 15, 2017

15.00–15.15 : Registration
15.15–15.30 : Opening Remarks (Gaia Gubbini)

15.30–16.15 : Joachim Küpper (Freie Universität Berlin) – The Woman’s Portrait in Pre-Petrarchan Love Poetry
16.15–17.00 : Gaia Gubbini (Freie Universität Berlin) – The Fantas(ma)tic Woman in Medieval Romance Literature (Langue d’Oc; Langue d’Oïl; Ancient Italian)
17.00–17.15 : Coffee Break
17.15–18.00 : Outi Merisalo (University of Jyväskylä) – “Femina uero non tantum emittit [sudorem] quantum uir. quia non est tanti caloris”: Female Physiology in the Late Medieval Medical Bestseller De spermate

June 16, 2017

10.30–11.15 : Béatrice Delaurenti (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris) – L’imagination de la vetula (XIIIe-XIVe siècle
11.15–12.00 : Kirsten Dickhaut (Universität Stuttgart) – The Hammer of the Witches and the Perspective on Women in Early Modern Italy
12.00–14.00 : Lunch Break

14.00–14.45 : Iolanda Ventura (Université d’Orléans, Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes) – The Image of Woman in 18th Century Collections of Legal Cases

14.45–15.30 : Massimo Ciavolella (University of California, Los Angeles) – Dante’s ‘femme fatale’ (Inferno V)
15.30–16.00 : Coffee Break

16.00–16.45 : Andreas Kablitz (Universität zu Köln) – Beauty and Imagination in Petrarch’s Canzoniere
16.45–17.15 : Round Table Discussion

Informations pratiques :

Freie Universität Berlin
JK 33/121
(Sitzungsraum Friedrich-Schlegel-Graduiertenschule) Habelschwerdter Allee 45 / 14195 Berlin

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