UMass/Five College History Distinguished Lecture: "Assigned Female at Death"

Event Details

October 11, 2018
4:00 pm-5:30 pm

Goodell Hall

Room: Bernie Dallas Room

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Contact:
Mary Lashway

The UMass/Five College Graduate Program in History invites you to our 2018-2019 Annual Distinguished Lecture: 

 
"Assigned Female at Death:  Joseph of Schönau's Disruption of 
Medieval Gender Binaries," by Professor Martha G. Newman 
 
The late twelfth-century story of brother Joseph portrays a youth whose monastic brothers read him as male while he lived but assigned him female at death. The author of this tale sought to constrain its gender fluidity and control the behavior of the nuns to whom he sent it. Despite the author's efforts to assert normative categories of gender, his story unsettled conventional binaries.  It illuminates the possibility of non-binary genders within medieval monastic culture.

Martha G. Newman is an Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

Event Category

Diversity History