“Breathing in Unbreathable Circumstances”: Women of Color Feminisms in Medieval Studies
ICMS Kalamazoo, 2023
Roundtable, Virtual Session
Submission Deadline: Thursday, September 15, 2022
In Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals, Alexis Pauline Gumbs meditatively interrogates the language of the natural sciences and its attendant racialized, gender-essentialized assumptions, and provides a model for identifying similar logics in Medieval Studies. Recent attention on the integration of Women of Color Feminisms in Medieval Studies has illuminated how these logics make the “circumstances” of such integration “unbreathable” (Gumbs 3). In this roundtable, we will engage with the possibility of Women of Color Feminisms’ ability to breathe in such circumstances.
We welcome submissions from any subdiscipline of Medieval Studies and are particularly interested in work which significantly incorporates Women of Color Feminisms in work aligned with any subfield of Medieval Studies. Submissions may focus on any research topic, so long as discussions are focused on the incorporation of Women of Color Feminisms and their ability to “breathe” alongside and/or within the field of Medieval Studies more broadly.
Please submit an abstract of 200-300 words to the ICMS 2023 Confex page (https://icms.confex.com/icms/2023/round/papers/index.cgi?sessionid=3489) by Thursday, September 15, 2022.