Check out the post on the Medieval Comics Project for full details on our Kalmazoo 2021 roundtables devoted to Saving the Day for Medievalists: Accessing Medieval-Themed Comics in the Twenty-First Century.
Monday, May 10, 2021
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Call for Responses: Comics and Medieval Studies Survey
The Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture--in an attempt to further our outreach efforts--seeks to gather some information on experiences with the comics medium and uses of that material by teachers and/or scholars of Medieval Studies.
If you're willing to share, please complete the survey at https://tinyurl.com/Medieval-Comics-Survey no later than 1 July 2021.
More information on the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture can be found at https://medievalinpopularculture.blogspot.com/.
The Medieval Comics Project is based at https://medieval-comics-project.blogspot.com/. We also maintain a listserv, the Medieval Comics Project Discussion List. Please sign-up at https://groups.io/g/medieval-comixlist.
Michael A. Torregrossa, Founder, Blog Editor, and Listserv Moderator, and The Comics Get Medieval Sessions Organizer
Friday, April 30, 2021
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Here's our list of sessions for this year's International Congress on Medieval Studies.
56th International Congress on Medieval Studies
Hosted online by Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Business Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture: TBA.
106 Tuesday, May 11, 11:00 a.m. EDT
Saving the Day for Medievalists: Accessing Medieval-Themed Comics in the Twenty-First Century I: Comics and the Classroom (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: Medieval Comics Project; Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture
Organizer: Michael A. Torregrossa, Independent Scholar
Presider: Richard Scott Nokes, Troy Univ.
A roundtable discussion with Dustin M. Frazier Wood, Univ. of Roehampton; Justin Wigard, Michigan State Univ.; Kara L. Maloney, Canisius College; Genevieve Pigeon, Univ. du Québec à Montréal; and Carl B. Sell, Lock Haven Univ.
142 Tuesday, May 11, 3:00 p.m. EDT
Saving the Day for Medievalists: Accessing Medieval-Themed Comics in the Twenty-First Century II: Comics Scholarship (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: Medieval Comics Project; Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture
Organizer: Michael A. Torregrossa, Independent Scholar
Presider: Carl B. Sell, Lock Haven Univ.
A roundtable discussion with Richard Scott Nokes, Troy Univ.; Tirumular (Drew) Narayanan, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison; Karen Casebier, Univ. of Tennessee–Chattanooga; Scott Manning, Independent Scholar; and Michael A. Torregrossa.
The International Congress on Medieval Studies returns next month in a virtual format from 10-15 May 2021.
The program and full details on registration can be found on the conference's website.
Our sponsored roundtable on comics runs across two sessions on Monday, 10 May. Further information to follow on our The Medieval Comics Project site.
Hope to see you all at Kalamazoo.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Reshaping the Middle Ages in, and through, Asian Popular Culture
Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture and the Mutual Images Research Association.
For Medievalism Today: 36th Annual International Conference on Medievalism, organized by the International Society for the Study of Medievalism and hosted by Delta College, Michigan.
Online Conference: 4-6 November 2021.
Proposals due 30 June 2021.
As medievalists and medievalismists, we often focus our attention on the reception of the Middle Ages in Europe and the Americas; however, medievalism is both an international and a transnational phenomenon, and one that is especially prevalent in Asian popular culture. Anime, collectible card games, light novels, manga, video games, visual novels, and related media have had an incredible impact on the world, but few medievalists have explored how this material has adapted and/or appropriated material like the Arthurian tradition, Beowulf, the life and writings of Dante Alighieri, the hero stories of medieval Ireland, the life of Joan of Arc, Norse mythology, tales of Robin Hood, narratives of Viking exploration, and legends of Vlad the Impaler. Fewer still have explored the impact of the phenomenal spread of these texts across the globe and their impact on creating perceptions about the medieval world. It is our intent with this session to allow consumers of these media to share their knowledge and passion with fellow enthusiasts of the medieval. We also hope that a collection of essays will result from this session.
Please send paper proposals (along with your contact information and a brief academic biography) and/or questions directly to session organizers at . Unless otherwise directed, we will submit the panel details to the conference.
More information about the conference can be found at .
Further information about the session sponsors may be found at and .
The Medieval History Study Group of Unimontes (GEHM) of Brazil is hosting the online conference on Global Medievalism: Culture, Appropriations and Reinventions this week.
The full program is accessible online at https://en.globalmedievalism.com/programa%C3%A7%C3%A3o and copied below.
The event includes two keynotes, a series of roundtables, and various paper panels.
I believe you can still register for the conference while in progress.
All times are in BRT (UTC/GMT-3).
Download the Complete Program here.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
10:00 – 12:00
Opening keynote: Medievalism is a Virus. Richard J Utz, GeorgiaTech, USA.
13:00 – 14:40
ST 1 - Non-Western Medievalisms. Bedri Muhadri, Institution of History “Ali Hadri”, Kosovo; Leandro César Santana Neves, UFRJ, Brazil; Lucas Ricardo Simone, USP, Brazil; José Ivson Marques Ferreira de Lima, UFPE, Brazil.
14:40 – 16:45
ST 2 - Between Medieval and Medievalism. Letícia Roberto Dos Santos, UERJ, Brazil; Evellyn Ricardo, UFPE, Brazil; Julio César Cárdenas Arenas, Islamic University of Medinah, Saudi Arabia; Mayara Fernanda Silva dos Santos, UFRRJ, Brazil; Amelia Rosa Herrera Lavanchy, Universidat de La Serena, Chile
16:45 – 18:00
ST 3 - Medievalism and Conservatism. Brian Egede-Pedersen, Nykøbing K Catedralskole, Denmark; Vinícius Dreger, UNIMONTES, Brazil; Luiz Felipe Anchieta Guerra, UFMG, Brazil.
18:00 – 20:00
Table I: Lusophone Medievalisms. Pedro Martins, NOVA, Portugal; Marcelo Berriel, UFRRJ, Brazil; Renan Birro, UPE, Brazil.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
08:00 – 09:40
ST 4 - Medievalisms & Religion. Thamires Chagas D 'Alcântara, UFRRJ, Brazil; Robson Murilo Grando Della Torre, UNIMONTES, Brazil; João Guilherme Lisbôa Rangel, UFRRJ, Brazil; Priyanka Das, Institution Presidency University, India.
09:45 – 11:50
ST 5 - Games & Digital Media. Javier Castiñeiras López, Centro Ramón Piñeiro, Spain; Mariña Bermúdez Beloso, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Diego Neivor Perondi Meotti, UFFS, Brazil; Luísa Vilas Boas dos Santos, UFS, Brazil; Yara Fernanda Chimite, Feevale University, Brazil
13:00 – 15:00
Table II: Political Medievalism. Amy Kaufman, independent, Canada; Carlile Lanzieri, UFMT, Brazil; Daniel Wollenberg, University of Tampa, USA.
15:10 – 16:50
ST 6 - Theory, Teaching and Medievalism. Bruno Uchoa Borgongino, UFPE, Brazil; Angela Jane Weisl, Seton Hall University, USA; Robert Squillace, New York University, USA; Dan Kline, University of Alaska Anchorage, USA; Stepehen Basdeo, Richmond: the Americam International University, England.
16:50 – 18:00
ST 7 - Medievalism: Permanences or Appropriations. Gregory Ramos Oliveira, UFPel, Brazil; Geraldo Magella de Menezes Neto, SMEC / SEDUC / PA, Brazil; Giovanni Bruno Alves, UEM, Brazil.
18:00 – 20:00
Table III: Medievalism and Teaching . Cláudia Bovo, UFTM, Brazil; Brian Egede-Pederson, Nykøbing K Catedralskole, Denmark; Michael Evans, Delta College, USA.
Friday, April 30, 2021
08:00 – 09:15
ST 8 - Plastic Arts and Medievalism. Richard Gomes da Silva, UERJ, Brazil; Beatriz Nogueira de Sousa, USP, Brazil; Júlia Beatriz Fernandes Leite, UNIFESP, Brazil.
09:15 – 10:30
ST 9 - Hollywoodian Medievalisms. João Vitor de Carvalho Melo, UFPI, Brazil; Alan Rebouças Pereira, UFBA, Brazil; Beatriz Galrão Abrantes, UFBA, Brazil; José Ivson Marques Ferreira de Lima, UFPE, Brazil
10:30 – 12:30
Table IV: Medievalism and Public History . Carolina Gual, UFRRJ, Brazil; Daniele Gallindo, UFPel, Brazil; Paul Sturtevant, Smithsonian Institution, USA.
13:00 – 14:45
ST 10 - Literary Medievalisms. Michael A Torregrossa, Independent researcher, USA; Lucas Melo de Almeida, International Chinese School, Brazil; Felipe Augusto Ribeiro, UFPE, Brazil; Dominika Ruszkiewicz, Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow, Poland.
14:45 – 16:25
ST 11 - The Vikings of the 21st Century. Ricardo Hammes Stone, UFPel, Brazil; Elton Medeiros, USP, Brazil; Lukas Grzybowski, UEL, Brazil; Joao Batista, UFF, Brazil.
16:25 – 17:40
ST 12 - Medievalisms, Nationalisms and Conservatisms. Léo Araújo Lacerda, UFPel, Brazil; Luiz Felipe Anchieta Guerra, UFMG, Brazil; Thaís Monique Costa Moura, UFS, Brazil.
17:40 – 19:20
ST 13 - Societies under the eyes of Medievalism. Isadora Cristine Martins, USP, Brazil; Maria Eugenia, UFRRJ, Brazil; Clínio Amaral, UFRRj, Brazil; Éderson José de Vasconcelos, UNIFAL, Brazil; Maurício Orestes Parisi, USP, Brazil.
19:20 – 21:20
Closing conference: World Medievalisms. Louise D'Arcens, Macquarie University, Australia
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
One of today's Google Doodles is in commemoration of Johann Guttenberg and his press. There are full details and an archived image at the Google Doodle site.
Monday, April 5, 2021
From Hitler’s “Third Reich” to Bush’s “crusade” against terrorism, professional politicians have often invoked the Middle Ages to justify their actions. But they are far from alone, for many of their constituents have also deployed medievalism for political purposes, as in condemning impoverished countries for “failing to escape” the Middle Ages. Indeed, much of medievalism, not to mention the study of it, has revolved around politics of one kind or another, as became evident from the unprecedented number of submissions to our two previous volume (XXIX & XXX) on this theme. Studies in Medievalism, a peer-reviewed print and on-line publication, is therefore once again seeking not only feature articles of 6,000-12,000 words (including notes) on any postmedieval responses to the Middle Ages, but also essays of approximately 3,000 words (including notes) on the intersection of medievalism (studies) and politics.
- How exactly have professional and amateur politicians misconstrued, mangled, and manipulated the Middle Ages and to what end?
- How have politics influenced the development of medievalism and/or study of it?
- In what sense, if any, is it possible to have medievalism (studies) without politics?
- How might medievalism otherwise be deployed in professional or amateur politics?
Friday, April 2, 2021
Call for Papers
SEMA 2021: Medieval Passions and Proclivities
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Hosted by Wofford College
Michelle M. Sauer, University of North Dakota
Wan-Chuan Kao, Washington and Lee University
We invite proposals for individual papers, whole sessions, or round tables on the conference theme of “medieval passions and proclivities.” Papers might consider any interpretation of medieval passions, interests, habits and obsessions, both religious and secular, and may include the impact or permutations of such passions in later periods.
Proposals for individual papers should be limited to 300 words. Session proposals or round tables should include abstracts for the three papers for a session, or 5-6 abstracts for a round table, as well as the contact information for all presenters. Please include requests for technology with proposals.
Abstracts on any aspect of medieval studies are welcome, but we will give preference to submissions related to the conference theme. Please submit proposals to Natalie Grinnell at firstname.lastname@example.org by 4 June, 2021.
Friday, March 26, 2021
Call for Service: Self-nominations for Volunteers to Serve as Contributing Reviewers of Proposals for Sponsored and Special Sessions (4/1/2021)
Self-nominations for Volunteers to Serve as Contributing Reviewers of Proposals for Sponsored and Special Sessions
The International Congress on Medieval Studies, hosted by the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, is now accepting self-nominations for volunteers to serve as contributing reviewers of proposals for Sponsored and Special Sessions for the 57th and 58th congresses (2022 and 2023).
Thursday, March 25, 2021
deadline for submissions: April 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: MEMS Festival 2021
contact email: email@example.com
Join us online for the University of Kent’s seventh annual MEMS Summer Festival.
This two-day event celebrates Medieval and Early Modern history, 400 – 1800, and encourages a wide range of interdisciplinary topics, including but not limited to, politics, religion, economics, art, drama, literature, and domestic culture. MEMS Fest aims to be an informal space in which postgraduate students, early career researchers, and academics can share ideas and foster conversations, whilst building a greater sense of community. Undergraduate students in their final year of study are also welcome at the conference.
We invite abstracts of up to 250 words for individual research papers of 20 minutes in length on ANY subject relating to the Medieval and Early Modern periods. The research can be in its earliest stages or a more developed piece.
We also encourage 700-word abstracts proposing a three-person panel, presenting on a specific subject or theme in Medieval or Early Modern studies. If you have an idea and would like us to advertise for it, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for all Paper and Panel Proposals is Friday 30th April 2021. All applications must be sent to email@example.com with ‘MEMS Fest 2021 Abstract’ as the subject of the email.
This opportunity allows you to showcase your research in a friendly environment and to network with fellow scholars from far-reaching institutions. For more information please contact us on Facebook, Twitter, or at memsfestival.wordpress.com. Please do not hesitate to ask questions.
MEMS Festival 2021 is supported by the Centre of Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent.
Last updated March 19, 2021
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Saturday, March 20, 2021
2021 Virtual Conference – June 2021
Due to continuing concerns about COVID-19, difficulty in obtaining institutional permissions and/or funding, and other potential pandemic-related travel concerns, RMMRA’s 53rd Annual Meeting and Conference will be held virtually over the weekend of June 25, 2021.
We are excited to host a variety of events this year ranging from works-in-progress workshops through traditional panel presentations.
The RMMRA invites paper and panel submissions on any topic relating to the period 400-1700CE and welcomes scholars in a broad range of disciplines including history, pedagogy, literature, art history, music, and gender studies. Papers may wish to respond to this year’s theme of “Reimagining the Medieval and Renaissance in a Post-Pandemic World.”
Participants are encouraged to propose: 1) A paper to be read in a typical panel; 2) A full panel of papers linked by theme or approach; 3) A work-in-progress for detailed workshop-style feedback; or 4) A moderated discussion panel in which audience members can participate in conversation about relevant topics or texts. All participants are also welcome to volunteer as readers for works-in-progress seminars, which will involve pre-reading submitted papers and offering critical feedback during the conference.
The proposal portal will be open through April 15, 2021.
Please contact the RMMRA with any questions or concerns.
The RMMRA is dedicated to creating an inclusive scholarly community. We encourage papers from scholars regardless of race, national origin, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, political views, military status, (dis)ability, and career paths. Our organization is committed to providing a safe, accessible, harassment-free, and collegial conference experience for all attendees. The RMMRA recognizes and supports the inclusion of diverse scholars from across the academy.
Thursday, March 18, 2021
CFP Reflections/Refractions: Victorian(ist) Ways of Seeing Conference (5/15/21; Charlotte 10/22-23/21)
2021 Victorians Institute Conference: Reflections/Refractions: Victorian(ist) Ways of SeeingSource: https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2021/03/13/2021-victorians-institute-conference-reflectionsrefractions-victorianist-ways-of
deadline for submissions:
May 15, 2021
full name / name of organization:
The Victorians Institute is excited to welcome you to Charlotte, NC on
October 22-23rd 2021 for our rebooted annual conference:
“Reflections/Refractions: Victorian(ist) Ways of Seeing." This conference seeks essays that explore how Victorians saw their world, how they depicted what they saw, and the ways that modern scholars, in turn, see the Victorians. Papers or panels on poetry, prose, nonfiction, biography, digital humanities, or visual art are welcome, as are presentations on the pedagogy and ethics of teaching Victorian literature (either during or not during a global pandemic).
For a full CFP, see
Deadline for Submissions: May 15th, 2021. Please send a 300-word abstract and 1-page c.v. to conference organizers Bonnie Shishko and Casey Cothran at firstname.lastname@example.org (Word or PDF format). Individual proposals should include contact information. Panel proposals should include contact information for all participants, a synopsis of the panel, and abstracts for all papers.
Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Dr. Amy M. King, St. John's University
Covid-19 Update: The Omni Hotel and the Victorians Institute are working hard to follow Covid-19 precautions as outlined by the CDC and the NC State Governor. While we are confident we can provide a safe in-person conference experience, should you have a personal circumstance that requires you to participate virtually, opportunities will be available. Please feel free to communicate directly with the conference organizers if you have a concern.
Last updated March 16, 2021
From the ISSM listserv:
Call for Papers
GLOBAL MEDIEVALISM: culture, appropriations and reinventions
From Q-Shaman's tattoos to Game of Thrones' resounding success, the medieval is undoubtedly the order of the day. With this popularity, the need to understand the origins of these many representations of the Middle Ages, their mistakes, interests, inspirations and objectives, is also reinforced. The field of study of medievalism is currently the fastest growing within medieval studies around the world. In Brazil, it could not be different: over the past 5 years, we have seen more and more academic and dissemination works focused on the reception of the medieval and an increasing interest in the subject.
Organized by GEHM (Grupo de História Medieval-Unimontes) and by the Estate University of Montes Claros, Brazil, this conference was conceived in dialogue with professors and researchers from different countries and institutions, aiming to put the Brazilian public in direct contact with the international academic debates in medievalism studies.
The conference is accepting papers, and entire sessions, submitted in Portuguese, English or Spanish. The selected works will, later, be considered for a digital peer-reviewed publication. Submissions are open until April 11, 2021.
This is a 100% online conference to reduce foreign interaction costs and per the precautionary measures recommended by WHO concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information, please see the website: https://en.globalmedievalism.com/.
- Each participant may submit up to 2 papers.
- Proposals for entire sessions can include a maximum of up to 6 people divided into two tables of 3.
- Papers in Portuguese, English and Spanish will be accepted. The themes of the proposals must include medievalisms, neo-medievalisms or medieval reception. Papers that work with representations and memories of the medieval period and the history of historiography about the period are also welcome.
- In addition to the abstract (maximum of 500 words), it is possible, but not mandatory, to send the full text upon registration. This can assist in the evaluation of the proposal.
- A revised version of the full text may be sent from April 30 to September 30, 2021, to compose the e-book of the event's proceedings.
- For proposals for a complete session, the abstract must (in up to 600 words) describe the theme as a whole, as well as clearly identify what each proponent will talk about.
- The evaluation, acceptance, or elimination of submission are the conference's Scientific Council's responsibility through a double-blind reviewing process.
- The certificate of presentation will be issued only to presenters who were not absent during the entire panel in which they participated.
- The result will be published on the website until April 25, 2021
Monday, March 15, 2021
Medieval Academy Annual Meeting 2022
97th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America
University of Virginia, Charlottesville
9-13 March, 2022
Call for Papers
The 97th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The meeting is jointly hosted by the Medieval Academy of America and the Program in Medieval Studies at the University of Virginia, with the generous support and collaboration of colleagues from Virginia Tech, the College of William & Mary, and Washington and Lee University. The conference program will feature a diverse range of sessions highlighting innovative scholarship across the many disciplines contributing to medieval studies.
The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies and medievalism studies. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper proposal; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Special consideration will be given to individuals whose field would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy. We are particularly interested in receiving submissions from those working outside of traditional academic positions, including independent scholars, emeritus or adjunct faculty, university administrators, those working in academic-adjacent institutions (libraries, archives, museums, scholarly societies, or cultural research centers), editors and publishers, and other fellow medievalists.
Plenary addresses will be delivered by Roland Betancourt, Professor of Art History, University of California, Irvine; Seeta Chaganti, Professor of English, University of California, Davis; and Thomas E. A. Dale, Professor of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and incoming president of the Academy.
Location: Charlottesville is a diverse and historic city in the eastern foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The area is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site including the campus of the University of Virginia as well as Monticello. The local airport, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport, has routine service to several major airline hubs, and is complemented by nearby service to Richmond International (RIC) and Dulles International (IAD) airports. For those along the eastern corridor, Amtrak supplies an alternative (CVS). Registration, book exhibits, and other events will take place on the campus of the University of Virginia within easy walking distance of conference hotels and numerous downtown restaurants. More specific information on venues, accommodations, and MAA student bursaries and travel grants will be made available next fall.
Theme(s): The Program Committee is committed to fostering conversation around the fifth-year anniversary of the Unite the Right rally in August 2017. Several panels and a plenary session will explore the effects and implications of this moment and its aftermath, including but not limited to the history and theory of race and racism, the appropriation and study of the past, and the future of medieval studies inside and outside the academy. The Program Committee offers the additional themes listed below, and hopes to put in conversation papers that approach each theme from diverse chronological, geographical, methodological, and disciplinary perspectives. We also welcome innovative sessions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries or that use various disciplinary approaches to examine an individual topic. The themes listed here have been proposed by the Program Committee; the list is not meant to be exhaustive or exclusive.
Proposals: Individuals may propose to offer a paper addressing one of the themes below, a full panel of papers and speakers for a listed theme, a full panel of papers and speakers for a session they wish to create, or a single paper not designated for a specific theme. Sessions usually consist of three 25-minute papers, and proposals should be geared to that length, although the committee is interested in other formats as well (roundtables, poster sessions, digital experiences, etc.). The Program Committee may choose a different format for some sessions after the proposals have been reviewed.
The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2021. All proposals, for individual papers, sessions, or special formats, should include the following information:
- Proposer's name (in format for the program)
- Statement of Medieval Academy membership (or statement that the individual’s specialty would not normally involve membership in the Academy)
- professional status/affiliation, if relevant (in format for the program)
- email address
- postal address
- telephone number(s)
- paper title
- theme for which the paper should be considered (or “general session”)
- abstract (maximum 200 words)
- audio-visual equipment requirements
If a full panel is being proposed, the above information will be required for each paper, as well as for the session as a whole. For alternative format session proposal submissions, also a description of the alternative format (maximum 200 words).
Proposals must be submitted as a single PDF identified by the name of the submitter:
LASTNAME.FIRSTNAME.MAA2022 (example: GOWER.JOHN.MAA2022)
Please e-mail all submissions to email@example.com
Paper and panel proposals will be reviewed for their quality, the significance of their topics, and their relevance to the conference themes. The Program Committee will evaluate proposals during the summer of 2021 and the Committee will inform all of acceptance or rejection by 1 September 2021.
All participants in the Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting are expected to read and adhere to our Professional Behavior Policy.
The 2022 meeting is committed to ensuring equal access to all conference events and activities, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), as well as other applicable state and local laws and University policy. The program committee has designated an Accessibility Chair (see below) who will serve as point of contact prior to the meeting for any participants requiring accommodations.
Themes and threads
- Race and its intersections
- Political medievalism
- Tyranny and resistance
- Rethinking the global medieval
- Boundaries and limits
- Vulnerability and the ethics of care
- Medieval disability/disabilities
- Gender and identities
- Queering the medieval
- Apocalypse and paradise
- Inter-religious coexistence and conflict
- Diplomacy and ambassadorial practices
- Comparative foodways and cuisines
- Trade and cultural exchange
- Environment and ecology
- Pedagogies: material, digital, embodied
- Medieval materialisms
- Restoration, preservation, looting
- Passions and emotions
- Transhistorical poetics
- Comparative text technologies
- Plague and pandemic
- Revelation and reason in medieval science
Program Committee for the 2022 Meeting (UVA faculty unless otherwise indicated):
Deborah McGrady, French, Director of Program in Medieval Studies
Bruce Holsinger, English, conference accessibility chair
Eric Ramírez-Weaver, Art
Ahmed H. al-Rahim, Religious Studies
Peter Baker, English
Courtney Barajas, English, Whitworth University, Medievalists of Color representative
Charlene Eska, English, Virginia Tech
Elizabeth Fowler, English
Matthew Gabriele, Religion and Culture, Virginia Tech
Elizabeth Harper, MAA Graduate Student Liaison
Nizar Hermes, Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures
Wan-Chuan Kao, English, Washington and Lee University
Jordan Love, Curator, Fralin Museum
Amy Ogden, French
Deborah Parker, Italian
Amanda Phillips, Art
Peter Potter, Virginia Tech Publishing
Lisa Reilly, Art and Architecture
Karl Shuve, Religious Studies
Julia Verkholantsev, Univ. of Pennsylvania, MAA representative
Dorothy Wong, Art and East Asia Center
CFP: Global Medievalisms
Posted on February 19, 2021 by postmedievalist
Medievalism is a multivalent phenomenon that speaks differently in and across the disparate communities that practice it; as with other fields of study, extending our perspective to view medievalism in a global context transforms the object of study itself. This edited collection will consider global medievalisms, exploring how various modern interpretations, re-enactments, and reifications of the medieval serve as reactions to the neoliberal globalization of the present. Whether or not it is accurate to speak of a “global middle ages,” since the rhetoric of the medieval is a fundamentally Western construct, global medievalism positions itself in a world before gunpowder, the dominance of urban centers, and the organization of social ties around economic relations. It thus accords both with disturbing nativist appropriations of the Middle Ages and with attempts to recover personal relations whose meaning is not defined in monetary terms. Medievalisms’ global reach testifies to the extent that the contemporary world follows a widespread paradigm for social relations and cultural production (on the junction-point of which medievalism is situated), while the profound differences in what constitutes medievalism in different localities reveals fresh aspects of the post-colonial response to Western hegemony.
We seek submission of essay proposals in two main categories:
- Work that explores particular medievalisms in a global framework; e.g., the construction of the global in Game of Thrones, global tropes in medievalist reenactments, white supremacist appropriations of medieval pasts, world-building in role-playing games (table-top or digital), etc.
- Work that explores conversations between global and local medievalisms, particularly outside of Western Europe and the United States; e.g., Disney and fantasy medievalisms (including King Arthur manga, samurai narratives, paladins, gauchos, cowboys, etc.), post-colonial responses to medievalist legacies, medievalist reclamations of non-European pasts, etc.
Among the issues the collection may interrogate are:
- Is there a global medieval? Even if not, is there still a global medievalism?
- What might constitute the tropes of global medievalism? Armor and swords (pre-gunpowder, but not “ancient”)? Fealty and anti-capitalism?
- How can medievalism act as a response to a post-colonial situations?
- How have medievalisms been harnessed for political ends?
- How do reified medievalisms travel across borders and cultures?
- How do medievalist reconstructions connect with heritage issues?
- What is the global map of medievalisms?
- How have medievalisms been used to reaffirm localism and resist globalization?
- How have medievalisms been harnessed to the purposes of global media?
- Is our current notion of a global medieval world a form of global medievalism? How can this apply both to Medieval Studies as a discipline and to political decentering?
Please send your proposal, including a title and 250-word abstract, by May 1st, 2021 to Angela Weisl (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Robert Squillace (email@example.com); include your title and affiliation in your cover email.
Just came across this as well.
The program and registration information have been posted for the following event:
96th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of AmericaIndiana University Bloomington
Further details at the conference website. Most of the events are said to be remote.
CFP CEMERS Conference 2021: Medieval Cultural Heritage Around the Globe (5/15/21; Binghamton/remote 10/22-23/21)
Originally posted at https://www.binghamton.edu/cemers/conference/index.html.
2021 CONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS:
Medieval Cultural Heritage Around the Globe:
Monuments, Literature, and the Arts, Then and Now
BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY (IN PERSON AND ONLINE) – OCTOBER 22–23, 2021
The field of cultural heritage has experienced a great increase in scholarly and media attention in recent years. Events such as the removal of Confederate monuments and memorials have made evident how controversial cultural heritage can be, and the central role it plays in defining communal identities at all levels, from small villages to multi-state entities, such as colonial empires or, more recently, the United States and the European Union. This interdisciplinary conference, hosted by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS) at Binghamton University will explore cultural heritage, broadly conceived, as it relates to the global Middle Ages (ca. 500 – ca. 1500). Topics will range from medieval approaches to the cultural heritage inherited or claimed by medieval societies, to the transformation of medieval heritage through the centuries, to the yearning for medieval times that has inspired, in the modern era, the architecture of university campuses, the rebuilding of Japanese castles to assert communal identity, and the revival of traditional crafts and performing arts, among others.
This conference aims to bring together scholars from a range of backgrounds whose work sheds important new light on our relationship with the medieval past. We hope to foster conversations across traditional disciplinary and geographic boundaries about the definitions, cultural significance, and use of cultural heritage in disparate parts of the medieval and modern worlds. How does examining conceptions and problems related to cultural heritage inform our understanding of medieval cultures? How does modern engagement with the medieval past shape debates about power, identity and belonging? What determines how heritage is defined and what merits preservation? What is the state of medieval heritage today?
We invite papers from a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives on any topic related to cultural heritage and the Middle Ages, including:
- Medieval heritage and identity in the early modern and modern worlds
- Trafficking in and questions surrounding the restitution of cultural artifacts
- Heritage across borders and global diasporas
- Cultural heritage sites connected to legends, literature, and theater
- Pilgrimage and tourism
- Issues of representation and exclusion
- UNESCO and the handling of medieval cultural heritage
- Literature and film tourism at heritage sites
- Violence, atrocity, and difficult heritage
- Heritage-making and cultural appropriation
- Heritage and communities
- Cultural heritage in the digital world
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We are planning for an on-site hybrid conference in Binghamton incorporating both face-to-face meetings and virtual options. We will be monitoring the situation around COVID-19 throughout the conference planning process. More information will be shared in the summer.
Deadline: May 15, 2021
Abstracts for individual papers and sessions are invited. We encourage scholars working in different disciplines to organize panels together. Papers should be 20 minutes in length.
Send abstracts and CVs to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate whether you are interested in coming to Binghamton or plan to participate remotely.
Contact Roberta Strippoli for more information.