It is only two months until the symposium! Registration is now closed; we have reached the maximum number of participants I think can be comfortably accommodated. Put your name on the waiting list in case of drop outs!
Here is the running time on the day. You will see it is a tight schedule! As it’s all in the same place, I’ve opted to make the breaks fairly short (since you don’t have to walk anywhere for lunch!), as that means the day will finish by six for those of you who need to get home that evening. For those who don’t, a casual conference dinner plan is in the works.
The following programme will of course probably be subject to the last-minute changes usual at any conference…
Please note, because of our very full schedule, papers are restricted to 15 minutes in length. I will be asking chairs to be strict with speakers on this! The roundtable papers will last approximately ten minutes each.
Seminar Room, TORCH, Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG, with refreshments in the Common Room.
9.15 – 9.30: REGISTRATION
9.30 – 9.45: WELCOME
9.45 – 10.45: PLENARY PAPER:
David Clark: What’s Love Got to Do with It? Homosocial Desire, Scholarship, and the Impossibility of Friendship
10.45 – 11.00: COFFEE
11 – 12.30: SESSION 1 : STORIES: Homosocial Narratives and Images
Amanda Hannoosh Steinberg: Female Homosociality in Medieval Arabic Epic: Dangerous Ties
Androniki Dialeti: Words of Love, Seas of Blood: Male Homosociality, War and Piety in the Construction of Lepanto as a Christian Victory (1571)
Natasha Morris: Coffee House Heroes: Images, Homosocial Space and the Articulation of Masculine Archetype in Qajar Iran
Greg Salter: Gilbert And George, Homosociality, and the Postwar Reconstruction of Home
12.30 – 1.15: LUNCH
1.15 – 2.45: SESSION 2: SCHOOLED: Homosocial Institutions
Robert Grout: Developing Homosociality: Inclusion, exclusion and violence in late-medieval grammar schools
Emily Rutherford: Defenders of Male Homosociality in Early-Twentieth-Century Oxbridge
Emma Lundin: Double militancy and fifth columns: Women’s homosocial organisations within political parties
James Southern: “No Homosexuals Allowed”: Homosociality in the British Diplomatic Service, 1965-1995
2.45 – 3.00: COFFEE
3 – 4.30: SESSION 3: SEX: Homosocial Sexualities
Nailya Shamgunova: Anglophone conceptualisations of sexual diversity in the Ottoman Empire, c. 1550 – 1700
Seth Stein LeJacq: Between Men, Between Decks: Homosociality, Intimacy, and Sex in the Georgian Royal Navy
Chase Gregory: Living With, Living As: Robert Reid-Pharr’s Lesbianism
Daniel Laurin: An Eroticized Homosociality: Camaraderie, Horseplay and ‘Authentic’ Pleasure in Straight-Guy Porn
4.30 – 4.45: SHORT BREAK
4.45 – 5.45: ROUNDTABLE: YESTERDAY, NOW, TOMORROW: History, Homosociality and the Hereafter
Short papers by: Patricia Cullum (Celibacy, separate spheres and the troll in the basement: Continuity and change in the formation and expression of homosociality), Huw Griffiths (Male Friendship Adapted in Eighteenth-Century Drama) and Jenny Hoogewerf-McComb (Ending Rape On Campus: 1264-2017), before an open discussion on the roundtable theme.
5.45 – 6.00: CLOSING REMARKS
APPROX 7.00: DINNER, TBC