Constructing Queenship in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras

Liz Oakley-Brown and Louise J. Wilkinson have argued that queenship was the construction and exercise of "informal avenues of power" which allowed women to develop personas that slipped between the public and private and permitted them participation in and influence on politics, religion, and culture. The focus of this panel is to question how these modes of authority developed, were put to use, and evolved—if they did so—during the medieval and the early modern period. We seek papers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds (historians, art historians, gender studies, literature, etc.) that engage with varied sources of evidence and methodological approaches. Inquiries focusing on specific examples or studies that examine a broader period of time are equally welcome. Topics for consideration might include, but certainly are not limited to: organic and/or contextually specific construction of queenship; appropriation of earlier, masculine, or religious models of power; points of continuity across the centuries; evidence of strong disjuncture across the centuries; the influence of queens within and beyond the courts; potential networks of female power; relationships between fictional and real figures; the role of artistic patronage for queens; variations within queenship associated with stages of life; and evolutions in the assertion of powers associated with queenship.

Please send an abstract of approximately 250 words, along with a brief CV, to:

Dr. Danielle Joyner
Department of Art History
Southern Methodist University

Deadline is 28 January 2018.