Plenary Speakers


“Queer Medievalism in the U.S. South”

Tison Pugh is Professor in the Department of English at the University of Central Florida. His research focuses on gender and sexuality in medieval literature, medievalisms, and gender and queer theory. He is the author of Queering Medieval Genres, Sexuality and Its Queer Discontents in Middle English Literature, Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children’s Literature, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and the forthcoming Queer Chivalry: Medievalism and the Myth of White Masculinity in Southern Literature (LSU Press, 2013) and An Introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer (UP of Florida, 2013).

Also, he has co-edited Approaches to Teaching Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and the Shorter Poems (with Angela Jane Weisl, MLA, 2006); Race, Class, and Gender in “Medieval” Cinema (with Lynn Ramey, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007); Men and Masculinities in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde (with Marcia Marzec, D.S. Brewer, 2008); Queer Movie Medievalisms (with Kathleen Coyne Kelly, Ashgate, 2009); and The Disney Middle Ages: A Fairy-Tale and Fantasy Past (with Susan Aronstein, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).   The edited collections with Professors Ramey and Kelly were born respectively at SEMA 2004 in Charleston and SEMA 2005 in Daytona Beach. He was awarded the UCF College of Arts and Humanities Distinguished Researcher Award in 2007, the UCF College of Arts and Humanities Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2009, and the Southeastern Medieval Association Award for Scholarly Achievement in 2011.

“On the edge of the limitless: Story, history, and the Irish Sea”

Benjamin Hudson is Professor of History at the Pennsylvania State University, where he teaches medieval and British history. His research interests are Celtic, Viking, and Atlantic history especially immigration, cultural movement, and transnational contacts. His recent publications include: Irish Sea Studies: A.D. 900-1200 (Four Courts Press, 2006); Viking Pirates and Christian Princes; Dynasty, Religion, and Empire in the North Atlantic (Oxford University Press, 2005); and forthcoming The Picts (Wiley-Blackwell)

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