Premodern Intersectionality: Marginal Identities in Early Cultures | Tuesday | March 6, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Humanities Gateway 1030

Department: Classics

Date and Time: March 6, 2018 | 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Event Location: Humanities Gateway 1030

Event Details

Committed to the idea of giving articulation to marginalized issues within the history of the premodern world, Premodern Intersectionality demonstrates the longstanding conversations in medieval thought around matters of sexual and reproductive consent, sexual-shaming, respectability politics, homosocial and homoerotic relationships, transgender and non-binary gender identifications, the representation of disability/ableism, and the systematic oppression of peoples through state-sponsored brutality. Reading against the grain of modern expectations for the premodern world, this conference looks at representations of these problems from antiquity up to the early modern period.

Event Schedule

Introduction: Intersectional Pasts | 10:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Lyle Massey (UC Irvine), Opening Remarks
Roland Betancourt (UC Irvine), Introduction

I. Ancient | 10:15 - 11:35 a.m.
The King's Speech: Intersectionality in the Narratives of Battus I, Founder of Cyrene
Walter Duvall Penrose, Jr.
Associate Professor of History (San Diego State University)

Staging Intersectionality in Sophocles' Women of Trachis
Zina Giannopoulou
Associate Professor of Classics (UC Irvine)

Break: 11:35 - 11:50 a.m.

II. Medieval and Byzantine | 11:50 - 1:10 p.m.

Gregory the Great: Eschatological Intersections
Ben Garceau
Lecturer in Humanities Core Program (UC Irvine)

The Racial Difference of Transgender Identity in Byzantium
Roland Betancourt
Assistant Professor of Art History (UC Irvine)

Lunch Break: 1:10 - 2:30 p.m.

III. Late Medieval to Today | 2:30 - 3:50 p.m.
Blackness, the Ethiopian, and St. Margaret
Dorothy Kim
Assistant Professor of English (Vassar College)

The Transgender Turn: On the Dysphoria of Medieval Studies
Gabrielle M.W. Bychowski
Anisfield-Wolf SAGES Fellow (Case Western Reserve University)

Break: 3:50 - 4:05 p.m.

Closing Roundtable: Intersectional Futures | 4:05 - 5:00 p.m.

Questions about the event? Email Roland Betancourt, assistant professor of art history, at

Sponsored by the Humanities Commons, the Center for Early Cultures, and the Art History Department