Hello all! Here are three proposals for KZoo 2011, ask very kindly put together by Renee Ward, after some discussions. (And props to her for the wonderful neologism of terato-sexuality!) Comments welcome, but the must come in quickly. Send any comments to the MEARCSTAPA list
Panel Suggestion 1:
Outlaws, Outliers, and Outsiders
This panel explores the intersection of myth and reality, of boundaries and borders between this world, other worlds and their inhabitants. From tales of outlaws exiled by law to those who lurk on the boundaries of “civilization,” this panel welcomes papers on all manner of outsiders in any genre.
Panel Suggestion 2:
All Sexed Up: Monstrosity, Gender, and Sexuality
This panel explores the relationships between monstrosity, gender, and sexuality in medieval art, literature, and culture. Submissions are welcome that discuss issues of gender confusion, androgyny, gender transgressions (such as cross-dressing) and transformation (real or metaphoric), and other examples of terato-sexuality in the Middle Ages.
Panel Suggestion 3:
Prehuman, Nonhuman, Posthuman: Monsters in the Middle Ages
This panel explores the concept of monstrosity in the Middle Ages, as well as connections between understandings of the monstrous in the medieval and all subsequent periods. Submissions are welcome on all aspects of the monstrous in all fields of study from the medieval to modern medievalism.