Early Cultures Gender Frames and Experiences Conference

Saturday, April 27, 2024 
9:00 am -5:30 pm
Humanities Gateway 1030

9:00-9:30 Opening Remarks

9:30-11:30 Panel 1:  Assault

1:00-3:00 Panel 2:  Race, Empire, Colonialism and Resistance

3:30-5:30 Panel 3:  Gender Frames, Experience, and Authenticity


Panel 1: Assault (9:30-11:30), Chair: Andromache Karanika

Civilian-Assault Warfare to Rape and Enslave Girls and Women since the Bronze Age
Kathy Gaca (Classics, Vanderbilt)

The Saint and the Slave: Raptus and the Life of Katerina Magnusadottir, Nun of Vadstena
Elizabeth Casteen (History, Binghamton University)

The Trouble with Cupids: Representations of Erotes and Child Slaves in the Roman Domus
Sarah Beckman (Classics, UCLA)

Reproductive Emergencies and Religious Metaphysics in Early Modern Healthcare
Elizabeth O’Brien (History, UCLA)


Panel 2: Race, Empire, Colonialism and Resistance (1:00-3:00), Chair: Rachel O’Toole

Representations of Black women in early modern Iberian Literature
Cornesha Tweede (Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, ASU)

Losing your mother. Slavery and Maternity in the Late Medieval Mediterranean World
Debra Blumenthal (History, UCSB)

Laboring for Freedom: Motherhood, Reproduction, and Conditional Manumission in Colonial Brazil
John Marquez (History, UC Riverside)

Women Narrating War and Loss in the Early 18th American South
Alejandra Dubcovsky (History, UC Riverside)


Panel 3: Gender Frames, Experience, and Authenticity (3:30-5:00), Chair: Laura Mitchell

Bucking the System: Contesting, Negotiating, and Circumventing the Law in Mongol-Yuan China (1260-1368)
Bettine Birge (East Asian Languages and Cultures and History, USC)

Women Rewriting Gender: Inverting Yin and Yang in Women’s Tanci Novels
Maram Epstein (East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon)

Non-Violent Manliness: Conceptualizing An Alternate Masculinity through Jaina Ethics
Abhinandan Banerjee (Department for the Study of Religion, UC, Riverside)

Translating Transgender in Eighteenth-Century Europe: Catterina Vizzani/Giovanni Bordoni in German
Clorinda Donato (French, Italian, and Global Romance Studies, CSULB)


"Early Cultures Gender Frames and Experiences" explores the intellectual and emotional resources individual and collective responses to early cultures' diverse gender expectations offer us in the present. This interdisciplinary conference is sponsored both by the UCI Early Cultures Research Center and UCI Humanities Center in concert with the UCI Humanities Center "Care and Repair" theme for the 2023/2024 academic year. The following SOH Departments have also generously co-sponsored this event: Art History, Classics, East Asian Studies, English, European Languages and Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, Religious Studies, Spanish and Portuguese.

Please contact Dr. Nancy McLoughlin nmclough@uci.edu with any questions.