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Register for Masculinities and Law in Premodern Europe conference

Registration is open for Masculinities and Law in Premodern Europe, a free online conference held 15-17 November, 2022. Masculinities and Law in Premodern Europe draws on the history of masculinities; studies of women and the law; legal history; gender history; and feminist legal scholarship to examine masculinities, law and the legal professions in the premodern European world, c.1100-c.1700. The conference will present a rich and exciting programme covering diverse geographies, jurisdictions, and interdisciplinary approaches.

Themes include:

• How did men as law-finders and lawmakers construct and perform gender identity?
• Authority, legitimacy and gender in premodern judicial thought
• Contesting masculinities in the courtroom: lawyers, litigants, jurors and others
• Gender in the operation of legal processes and practices
• Gendering the spaces of the law
• Legal approaches to ‘deviant’ masculinities, sexual misconduct and violence
• Gendering access to and production of legal knowledge
• Representations of lawyers and judges in drama, literature, art and material culture

The conference features keynotes by Professor Shannon McSheffrey, Concordia University and Professor Gwen Seabourne, University of Bristol Law School. Other confirmed speakers include Jessica Apolloni, Andrew Brown, Mary Anne Case, Anthony Musson, Derek Neal, Tim Stretton, Jennifer D. Thibodeaux and Corinne Wieben.

For more information and to register: https://www.masculinitieslaw.net/programme or contact masculinitiesandlaw@gmail.com

Online Seminar: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Masculine Cosmopolitanism in Early Modern North India & Nepal, Friday September 2, 3:00pm AEST.

Title: Poetic Supermen & Villains: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Masculine Cosmopolitanism in Early Modern North India & Nepal

Speaker: Chris Diamond

Date: Friday 2 September 2022

Time: 3:00-4:30pm AEST (UTC +10)

Venue: Zoom, Register here for link

Abstract: This presentation will explore how memory, music, and masculinity were packaged and transmitted across time and spaces in a uniquely Maithili manner. A thief in the night, a jilted lover, a noble king, and discerning princes – the heroes, villains, and characters that populate the landscape of early Maithili literature are compelling. These captivating characters and the language associated with their poetic tradition, Maithili, were formalised by the multilingual poet-scholar-saint Vidyāpati Ṭhākura (c. 1360-1450 CE). Full abstract here.

About the speaker: Dr Chris Diamond is a Lecturer at the School of Culture, History & Language in the ANU College of Asia the Pacific. Chris’ current project concerns the literary legacy of a medieval multi-lingual poet from the North Indian region of Mithila, Vidyapati (c. 1370-1450). His, at the time, new vernacular language of song and poetry became a standardized classical style across Nepal, the Eastern Gangetic Plains, Bengal, and further afield. Chris is currently working on a new edition and translation of some of the oldest manuscript that contain this poet’s songs and a critical analysis of the ways kings and brahmins in Nepal and Bihar employed them to project their own power and prestige.