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CONFERENCE: Interconnected Medieval Worlds

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA, United States

The conference gathers American and international medieval scholars to present papers on the global Middle Ages, with attention to the regions of East Asia, Africa, and the Americas. It includes a panel on pedagogy, oriented towards teaching a Middle Ages that is not only Eurocentric but which expansively includes networks across several continents and civilizations. Further papers explore specific instances of such connectivity and interaction, with opportunities for discussion between presenters and participants throughout the ...

RFG Reading Group Discussion: Leah DeVun’s “The Hyena’s Unclean Sex: Beasts, Bestiaries, and Jewish Communities”


Zoom meeting link: Join the Un-disciplining Premodern Histories of Race and Gender Research Focus Group as we continue reading from Leah DeVun's pathbreaking history of nonbinary sex, The Shape of Sex: Nonbinary Gender from Genesis to the Renaissance (New York: Columbia University Press, 2021), in preparation for her talk on January 31st. This week we will be reading the third chapter: "The Hyena's Unclean Sex: Beasts, Bestiaries, and Jewish Communities." Please email or ...