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?
10:00-11:00 Virginia Burrus (Drew University), ‘Desiring Women in Ancient Christian Novels’
11:30-12:30 William Burgwinkle (University of Cambridge), ‘Interpenetration and the Conundrum of Passivity.’
13.30-14.30 Churnjeet Mahn and Diane Watt (University of Surrey), ‘Fucking the Past: The Premodern Lesbian in Deepa Mehta’s Fire (1996).’
15.30-16.30 Cary Howie (Cornell University), ‘Lyric Theology.’
16:30-17:00 Closing Roundtable
17:00 Drinks reception
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