Event: Sex and the Sacred symposium (May)

Date: 10am-5pm, 18 May 2012
Venue: Council Room, King’s College London
Co-sponsors: Queer@King’s and the Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies at King’s.

What, right now, are the key issues for scholars working at the interface between sexuality and sanctity, eroticism and asceticism, pornography and hagiography?

What’s at stake – ethically, politically, spiritually, theoretically – in thinking between these categories?

What questions still need asking?

How might research on these questions in late antique and medieval studies be brought into dialogue with post/modern perspectives on sacred sex?


9.45 Registration

10:00-11:00 Virginia Burrus (Drew University), ‘Desiring Women in Ancient Christian Novels’

11:00-11.30 Tea/Coffee

11:30-12:30 William Burgwinkle (University of Cambridge), ‘Interpenetration and the Conundrum of Passivity.’

12:30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.30 Churnjeet Mahn and Diane Watt (University of Surrey), ‘Fucking the Past: The Premodern Lesbian in Deepa Mehta’s Fire (1996).’

14.30-15.30 Tea/Coffee

15.30-16.30 Cary Howie (Cornell University), ‘Lyric Theology.’

16:30-17:00 Closing Roundtable

17:00 Drinks reception

Free and all welcome but please register in advance by sending an email to clamskcl@gmail.com with your name and institutional affiliation (if any).

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