International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo 8-11 May 2014

Session Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Institute, Indiana University

“The representation of women’s voices in medieval lyric texts, whether composed or performed by men or women, can reveal much about medieval constructions of gender. Nevertheless, assessing the evidence about medieval performances of gender from the documents that remain is complex. How are such performances constructed by particular language, visual spectacle on a page, or aural embodiments of voices sung or spoken in social contexts? How might self-conscious cross-gender performance complicate or illuminate our understanding of women’s voices in medieval lyric? Can manuscript context, illustrations, musical notation, or owner’s inscriptions help us understand the elements that shaped construction of women’s voices in medieval lyric?  The papers in this panel will seek to bring current theory and medieval evidence into closer dialogue.”

~Deadline for paper submission:
Sept. 15, 2013.

Proposals should be 500 words maximum and must include a Participant Information Form (available for download at the International Medieval Congress Website:
Papers not accepted for this session will be forwarded Oct. 1 to the Congress for consideration for inclusion in a General Session.

~Send submissions and inquiries to:
Rosemarie McGerr
Director, Medieval Studies Institute, Indiana University