Trans and Intersex Histories in the Middle Ages – CALL FOR PAPERS

Date / time: 11 September, All day

Trans and Intersex Histories in the Middle Ages - CALL FOR PAPERS


Leeds International Medieval Congress 2024 | 1-4 July 2024 | University of Leeds

Trans and Intersex Histories in the Middle Ages

Call for Papers, deadline – 11 September 2023

In recent years, transgender and intersex studies have grown to become one of the most vibrant and dynamic research areas within the field of medieval gender and sexuality. Scholars have reinterpreted well-known historical subjects through a trans lens and have uncovered previously unknown trans lives in the medieval archive. New research has explored the place of transness and intersexuality within broader scientific, theological and legal ideological frameworks, as well as the interconnectedness of medieval thinking on transness, race and human/animal difference. However, these themes still remain at the margins of medieval scholarship, and their potentially substantial contributions to other fields remain overlooked by many researchers.

We aim to create a space for scholarly discussions on medieval transgender and intersex studies at Leeds International Medieval Congress 2024 (1-4 July 2024). Consequently, we are seeking abstracts on trans and intersex histories. We especially welcome papers that bring this material into conversation with other fields and methodologies, from theological studies to legal history and beyond. Submissions from all disciplinary backgrounds are welcome, and papers can pertain to any geographic region or time period between 300 and 1500. Papers might explore topics such as:

  • Transness and archival methodologies
  • Intersexuality in law, medicine and pastoral care
  • Networks, communities and subcultures
  • Trans and intersex studies in the Global Middle Ages
  • Trans medievalisms, heritage and public engagement

Please submit an abstract of up to 300 words, as well as your name and your preference for presenting in-person or virtually, to Tess Wingard ( by Monday 11 September 2023.

Please direct any queries to Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow (


Image credit: National Library of France, Fr.12420, fol.101v