April 24, 2024 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm ET

-Dr. Kersti Francis (she/they) is a member of Boston University’s Society of Fellows, where she holds appointments in English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Their current project, Queer Magic: Sodomy, Sin, and the Supernatural 1150-1650, uses contemporary natural philosophy and canon law to interrogate how premodern thinkers constructed categories ranging from gender and sexuality to race and religion via literary depictions of magic. Her work appears in Medieval Feminist ForumPainful Pleasures: Sadomasochism in the Middle AgesThe Digital MedievalistComitatusLos Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.

This event is co-sponsored by the Five College Medieval Studies Seminar, Amherst College English Department, and UMass English Department.