As of today, I have two prospective thesis advisers for my project! In addition to the adviser who helped me formulate the initial idea for the project, I have someone on board who is a professor in the Department of French Studies at my college and also serves on the Advisory Committee for the Department of the Study of Women and Gender (or at least I think that’s what he officially does–I know that he has a thumb in each of those pies.) He and I had a very productive conversation–we went over the syllabus for a class he’ll be teaching in the fall on immigration and sexuality in modern France, and he showed me his fresh new book (no joke, he opened a cardboard box full of first editions and handed one to me!) After talking with him, I am inspired to expand the scope of my thesis project to include writings from what is now the Middle East in addition to France. There was a great deal of cultural exchange between the two regions during my time period of interest, and it would be very interesting to compare attitudes on gender identity and expression in both areas. I now have a thesis committee of two, and stacks of books recommended by each of them. Can’t wait to dive in once my term papers are submitted!
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I am a student at a small liberal arts college on the East Coast of the United States, working on a thesis combining studies in the fields of French Studies, Medieval Studies, Gender Studies, and Music. I am non-binary and identify as a member of the trans+ community. I prefer to be called T in English and Thé in French--my pronouns are they/them/theirs. When I'm not researching, I enjoy singing in choirs (both medieval music and not), running, knitting, and teaching small children. Questions about this? Feel free to ask! View all posts by transmedievalist