Thursday, September 6, 2018

CFP International Association for Robin Hood Studies (9/15/18; Kalamazoo ICMS 2019)

A notice from the Robin Hood Scholars Google Group. Please consider submitting a proposal, if you can:

A reminder that the International Association for Robin Hood Studies is sponsoring three sessions at the 2019 International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo (ICMS 2019), 9-12 May 2019. The session themes are: "Rhetoric of Resistance," "Social Bandits," and "Animal Crime."

The organizers of these three sessions are still accepting abstracts and PIFs for consideration.

See below for details and contact information about each session.

CFP: ICMS 2019 "Rhetoric of Resistance"

Though banished from society for real or alleged crimes, the deeds of outlaws are celebrated in popular narratives and ballads. Marginalized figures, they exist on the fringes of civilization in an adversarial relationship with the representatives of the law. In this session, we will address the political status of the Green Wood as a rhetorical concept of "safe harbor," a refuge for the displaced, the ostracized, and the dispossessed. We welcome papers on medieval narratives and ballads of such celebrated outlaws as Robin Hood, Hereward, Eustace the Monk, and Fouke Fitz Waryn, among others, and aim to address the ethical, political, and ecological issues raised by the rhetoric of this body of medieval literature. Collectively, the session and its participants will consider how outlaw rhetoric comments upon the justice system and its representatives, thereby formulating a medieval rhetoric of resistance.

This is a paper session (15-20 minute papers) for the 2019 International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo. Please send abstracts (150-250 words) and a completed PIF form (see links below) to Lydia Kertz at lydia[dot] with a subject line "Rhetoric of Resistance" by September 15th, 2018.

CFP: ICMS 2019 “Social Bandits”

The idea of the social bandit, aka the good thief or the noble robber, reaches back millennia and is found around the globe. The social bandit, whether an individual or a group, historical or fictional, is seen by a segment of a society as protecting and assisting them. Even an historical social bandit may develop into myth or legend, and the legend lives and changes long after the originator is dead. The legend of a fictional social bandit likewise shifts over time; as Brian Alderson states that while many years ago he wrote that “’Every generation gets the Robin Hood that it deserves,’” he now believes that, “Every generation surely creates for itself the Robin Hood that it needs” (Forward to Kevin Carpenter’s 1995 Robin Hood: The Many Faces of that Celebrated English Outlaw, p. 9). This could be said not only of Robin Hood but of all fictional and even historical social bandits who are perceived as robbing the rich to help the poor in some way or other.

This session seeks 15- to 20-minute papers on any aspect of the social bandit, with special consideration given to papers focusing on the medieval and early modern periods. It is also worth remembering that one person’s social bandit is another’s common criminal; consider the viewpoint of the Sheriff of Nottingham, for example, or other antagonists, as well as that of people kindly disposed towards the outlaw.

Please send a short proposal and completed PIF form (see links below) to Sherron Lux at BY noon (Central Time) on Wednesday 12 September 2018.

CFP: ICMS 2019 “Animal Crime”

Outlaws and outlawry are commonly associated with the human; yet, throughout the medieval period, animals were both the subject of crime, as when they were stolen, maimed, or killed, and its perpetrator; for example, the sow and piglets put on trial for murder for killing a 5-year old boy in Savigny, France in 1457. Documented legal trials from a variety of cultures featuring pigs, goats, horses, dogs and cows suggest that medieval understandings of the moral agency, ethics, and politics of outlaws and outlawry was decidedly not simply a human affair, but extended to our animal counterparts. Papers might consider the historically-documented or literary or textual (re)imagining of a trial or set of trials featuring an animal or animals; how animals interact with outlaw humans; the moral agency of animals on trial; the ethics of putting animals on trial; the ethics of outlawing animals; how animals can be constructed as outlaws philosophically, legally, or by other means, how and where animals appear in laws, the treatment of animal outlaws, animal exiles, and similar.

Send abstracts and a completed PIF form (see links below) to Dr. Melissa Ridley Elmes at by 15 September, 2018.

2019 Medieval Congress Participant Information Form (PIF):
or see for a form in Microsoft Word.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

CFP Medievalism in Popular Culture (10/1/2018; Washington DC 4/17-20/2019)

Apologies again for the belated posting:

CFP: Medievalism in Popular Culture

PCA/ACA 2019 National Conference April 17th – 20th, 2019 – Washington, D.C.

The Medievalism in Popular Culture Area (including Anglo-Saxon, Robin Hood, Arthurian, Norse, and other materials connected to medieval studies) accepts papers on all topics that explore either popular culture during the Middle Ages or transcribe some aspect of the Middle Ages into the popular culture of later periods. These representations can occur in any genre, including film, television, novels, graphic novels, gaming, advertising, art, etc. For this year’s conference, I would like to encourage submissions on some of the following topics:

• The Arthurian World

• Medievalism and Superheroes

• “Medieval” as a social and political signifier

• Medievalism in Game of Thrones

• Representations of medieval/Renaissance nobility and royalty in television (Reign, The White Princess, Wolf Hall, etc.)

• Robin Hood

• Medievalism and Teaching

• Medievalism in Various Forms of Gaming

• Anglo-Saxon or Viking Representations

• Medievalism in Novels/Short Stories/Poems

If your topic idea does not fit into any of these categories, please feel free to submit your proposal as well. I would like to encourage as much participation as possible, and depending on submissions, I may rearrange the topic groupings.

All papers will be included in sessions with four presenters each, so plan to present on your topic for no more than 15 minutes, inclusive of any audio or visual materials.

Panel submissions are also welcome on any topic of medievalism. If you would like to propose a panel, please submit your complete panel to me directly at Individual papers will then have to be submitted to the PCA online system (see below).

Submission requirements:

Please submit a title and a 250 word abstract to All submissions must be directed to the online database. Be sure to indicate whatever audio/visual needs you may have. Traditionally, all rooms at the PCA/ACA conference provide a projection screen with sound capability. Presenters are required to bring their own laptops and any special connectors.

Deadline for submission: October 1st, 2018

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Christina Francis, Associate Professor of English, Bloomsburg University, at

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Kalamazoo 2019 CFPs

Apologies for the belatedness of this posting.

The call for papers for the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies is now available. Final deadllines are fast approaching.

Details at

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

CFP Old English Literature, Including Beowulf (7/31/2018; PAMLA 11/09-11/2018)

Of potential interest: 

Old English Literature, Including Beowulf

deadline for submissions: July 31, 2018

full name / name of organization: Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

contact email:

The session "Old English Literature, Including Beowulf" is still accepting abstracts in July for the 2018 PAMLA conference, which will be held from November 9-11 at Western Washington University. This call is a deadline extension, so please submit abstracts soon if you are interested. Papers can explore any Old English texts, not just Beowulf.

Use the proposal submission system at

Direct questions to Dr. Derek Updegraff (

Thursday, June 28, 2018

CFP 7th Annual Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature Conference (1/31/2019; Cyprus 4/15-17/2019)

7th Annual Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature Conference

deadline for submissions: January 31, 2019

full name / name of organization: Othello's Island 2019

contact email:

7th Annual Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature Conference - Othello's Island 2019 - Nicosia, Cyprus​

Othello's Island is a gathering of researchers from all over the world, interested in the work of Shakespeare and other writers from the renaissance and early modern periods and their legacies. Staged as part of the wider annual Othello's Island Conference on Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, now in its seventh year, the event is an opportunity to hear and discuss interesting new research by academics and research students, in one of the key settings of the renaissance world, the capital of the Lusignan Kingdom of Cyprus, Nicosia.

The scope of the conference is very broad-ranging and so we welcome proposals for papers on a wide range of topics. For example, we are interested in papers on the writings of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, the international scope of writers such as Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and the relationship between literature and material culture during this period.

Other topics related to the overall theme of Shakespeare and his contemporaries are also welcome, such as the ongoing legacy of literature of this period into the modern world, the teaching of renaissance literature in schools, colleges and universities, and perhaps also connections between renaissance writers in Western Europe and the histories, peoples and cultures of the eastern Mediterranean.

The lead academics for the Colloquium will be Professor Lisa Hopkins, of Sheffield Hallam University, and Dr Laurence Publicover, of the University of Bristol.

We welcome papers from speakers who are research students, as well as established academics, and we have a proud history in welcoming speakers from non-western countries.

Deadline for proposed papers 31 January 2019

For full details visit


Monday, June 25, 2018

CFP More than Marvel: Representations of Norse Mythology in Contemporary Popular Culture (9/15/2018; ICoMS Kalamazoo 5/9-12/2019)

I'm pleased to announce the call for our sponsored session for next year's International Congress on Medieval Studies. Do follow our Medieval Comics Project site ( for updates during the year.

More than Marvel: Representations of Norse Mythology in Contemporary Popular Culture
Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture
54th International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan
9-12 May 2019
Proposals due by 15 September 2018

Myths and legends from the Middle Ages remain important links to the past, and there has been much interest in recasting this material into post-medieval contexts, forging a bridge between our forebears and our modern selves. Creators of our own time have been especially prolific in reviving these stories for new audiences. The tales told of the gods of the Norsemen are one such medieval legacy to find currency today, and they have appeared in a variety of media, including comics. For example, Marvel Comics’ representation of the Norse god Thor has been an important element of its shared world since his debut in 1962, and, in its incorporation of the character into the Marvel Universe, the publisher has done much in the service of Medieval Studies through its widespread dissemination across the globe of a relatable depiction of the Norse Gods and the intricate mythology associated with them. Marvel’s account of Thor and his compatriots has also featured in an array of media beyond the pages of its long-running comic book series, and the recent release of three feature films centered around the Asgardian as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one of the world’s most popular and prosperous movie and television franchises, has provided additional texts to further knowledge of the Nine Worlds and its inhabitants. Nonetheless, while Marvel remains the most prominent creator of modern tales of the Norse gods, the company does not hold the exclusive rights to this material. Other writers, comics creators, filmmakers, television producers, and game designers have also appropriated the stories and legends of the gods of Asgard and further individuals within the cosmology of the Nine Worlds for their own purposes, yet their work remain relatively unknown when compared to the phenomenal success and reach of Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios.

It is the intent of this session to shed the spotlight on these other examples of Nordic-inspired medievalisms and to bring them into ongoing conversations and debates about the reception of the medieval in the post-medieval world. We are especially interested in the reach of Marvel’s versions beyond the United States and how other approaches to the material engage with, react to, or ignore Marvel’s work. In addition, we hope to include coverage of texts from non-Western media (like anime and manga) that have embraced the traditions of the Norse gods in innovative ways.

Potential Topics: (a good starting point is the “Norse mythology in popular culture” page on Wikipedia at

  • The Almighty Johnsons
  • American Gods
  • Day of the Giants (Lester del Rey)
  • Fafner in the Azure
  • Doctor Who
  • Everworld (K. A. Applegate)
  • Gods of Asgard (Erik A. Evensen)
  • Graphic Myths and Legends series
  • Hammer of the Gods (Michael Avon Oeming and Mark Wheatley)
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys / Xena: Warrior Princess
  • The Incredible Hulk Returns
  • Last Days of the Justice Society of America
  • The Life Eaters (David Brin and Scott Hampton)
  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard (Rick Riordan)
  • The Mask
  • The Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok
  • Mythquest
  • Norse Myths: A Viking Graphic Novel series
  • Odyssey of the Amazons (DC Comics)
  • Oh! My Goddess!
  • Ragnarok (Myung Jin Lee) / Ragnarok Online
  • Stargate
  • Supernatural
  • Valhalla (Peter Madsens)
  • Witches of East End

Presentations will be limited to 15 or 20 minutes depending on final panel size.

Interested individuals should submit, no later than 15 September 2018, (1) paper proposal or abstract of approximately 500 words, (2) a 250 to 500-word academic biographical narrative, and (3) a completed Participant Information Form (accessible at to the organizers at using “More than Marvel” as their subject heading.

In planning your proposal, please be aware of the policies of the Congress (available at 

Further information about the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture and its outreach efforts can be accessed at The Medieval in Popular Culture (
Of especial interest, the Association hosts sites devoted to both medieval-themed films and comics. These can be accessed at Medieval Studies on Screen ( and The Medieval Comics Project (, respectively.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

CFP Studies in Medievallism 28 (8/1/2018)

From the International Society for the Study of Medievalism site (

Studies in Medievalism XXVIII

Though scholars have addressed many examples of medievalist discrimination, much work remains to be done on the treatment of systematically underrepresented and/or disenfranchised communities in postmedieval responses to the Middle Ages. Moreover, the recent, highly public exchange between Rachel Fulton Brown and Dorothy Kim suggests we, as scholars of medievalism, need to examine discrimination among our own ranks. What biases are suggested by our choice of topics, our approaches to them, and the fora in which we discuss them? How are those conversations shaped by publishers, universities, and other institutions that represent the Establishment? If we wish to expose, subvert, or avoid such prejudices, how can we best do so? Studies in Medievalism, a peer-reviewed print and on-line publication, is seeking 3,000-word (including notes) essays on these and related questions about medievalism and about the scholarship on it, as well as 6,000 to 12,000-word (including notes) articles on any postmedieval responses to the Middle Ages. Please send all submissions in English and Word to Karl Fugelso ( by August 1, 2018. CLICK HERE for the Style Sheet.

Studies in Medievalism is the oldest academic journal dedicated entirely to the study of post-medieval images and perceptions of the Middle Ages. It accepts articles on both scholarly and popular works, with particular interest in the interaction between scholarship and re-creation. Its aim is to promote the interdisciplinary study of medievalism as a contemporary cultural phenomenon. Originally published privately, Studies in Medievalism is currently published by Boydell & Brewer, Ltd.. Click on the below links to Back Volumes for details and to order online.

Submissions and inquiries regarding submissions should be directed to Karl Fugelso (  Please follow the Style Sheet when preparing your submission for consideration.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Women Warriors and Popular Culture Info

Here are the complete details for the "Women Warriors and Popular Culture: Representations across Time and Space"sessions. Full conference information can be found at

2018 Annual Conference of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association
Worcester State University (Worcester, Massachusetts)
19-20 October 2018

Friday, 19 October
Session I: 2-3:15
Women Warriors and Popular Culture: Representations across Time and Space I
Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture
Chair: June-Ann Greeley (Sacred Heart University)

From Eastern Legends to Western Popular Cultural Symbols: Japanese and Chinese Female Warriors
Mayra Bonet (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Joan of Arc’s Cinematic Siege Arsenal in Cecil B. DeMille’s Joan the Woman (1916)
Scott Manning (American Military University)

Stranger Weeping: Considering Margery Kempe through Eleven in Stranger Things
Anna McGill (Louisiana State University)

Red Widows and Nihilist Queens: Russian Women in the American Imagination
Chelsea Gibson (Binghamton University)

Friday, 19 October
Session II: 3:30-4:45
Women Warriors and Popular Culture: Representations across Time and Space II
Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture
Chair: Cheryl Hunter (UMASS Lowell and SNHU)

Cyborgian Versus Cosmic Skin: The Fires of Joan of Arc in C. L. Moore's “No Woman Born” (1944) and Lidia Yuknavitch's The Book of Joan: A Novel (2017)
Jennifer Jodell (Univ. Minnesota-Twin Cities

The Song of the Valkyries: Warrior Women in Recent Film
Dor Yaccobi (Tel Aviv University)

“If I Am to Die Tonight, Let Me Die a Fighter”: Gail Simone’s Reconstructing of Red Sonja
Peter Cullen Bryan (Penn State University)

Correcting Wonder Woman: The Power of Patty Jenkins
Erin Lafond (Boston College)

Women Warriors Sessions Update

I am pleased to announce that the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association has accepted our proposed sessions on "Women Warriors and Popular Culture: Representations Across Time and Space" for its 2018 meeting at Worcester State University.

Complete details will be posted soon.

Michael A. Torregrossa
Founder, The Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

CFP Charm (for Medieval/Renaissance Area of MAPACA) (6/30/2018)

Posted on behalf of the organizers.

MAPACA (The Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association)

29th Annual Conference

Lord Baltimore Hotel

Baltimore, MD

November 8-10, 2018

CFP: Special Panel, Medieval/Renaissance Area


This year MAPACA will host its conference in Baltimore, which is known as "Charm City." In honor of this city's designation, the Medieval/Renaissance area is issuing a call for papers for a special panel revolving around the theme of "charm." From charmed objects and cities to charmed (and charming) people, charms pervade the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. This panel will investigate how modern works continue to deploy "charm" and the ways in which their use of this concept connects to the medieval and/or Renaissance eras. Please submit proposals for this special panel to, indicating in the body of your abstract that you would like for your presentation to be considered part of the special panel.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

CFP Beowulf to Shakespeare Area 2018 (6/30/18; Baltimore)

Forwarded on behalf of the area chairs; we are sponsoring two sessions for this upcoming conference.


Baltimore, MD

November 8-10, 2018

Beowulf to Shakespeare

The wealth of material found in the Middle Ages and Renaissance continues to attract modern audiences with new creative works in areas such as fiction, film, and computer games, which make use of medieval and/or early modern themes, characters, or plots. This is a call for papers or panels dealing with any aspect of medieval or Renaissance representation in popular culture. Topics for this area include, but are not limited to the following:

-Modern portrayals of any aspect of Arthurian legends or Shakespeare

-Modern versions or adaptations of any other Medieval or Renaissance writer

-Modern investigations of historical figures such as Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Richards, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots

-Teaching medieval and Renaissance texts to modern students

-Medieval or Renaissance links to fantasy fiction, gaming, comics, video games, etc.

- Medieval or Renaissance Dramas

-The Middle Ages or Renaissance on the Internet

-Renaissance fairs

Panel and Workshop proposals are also welcome.

In Addition, this year we are seeking proposals on Charms and Charming in recognition of Baltimore being considered “Charm City”

Submit a 250 word proposal including A/V requests and a brief biography by June 30, 2018 to our online submission form at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly

Diana Vecchio

Mary Behrman

Co-Chairs Medieval and Renaissance

Sunday, June 3, 2018

CFP Arthurian Legend in the 20th & 21st Centuries (updated deadline 7/1/2018)

My thanks to Susan Austin for passing this along.

Call for chapter proposals in “ Arthurian Legend in the 20th & 21st Centuries”

Vernon Press invites chapter proposals on Arthurian Legend in the 20th & 21st Centuries. The volume will be edited by Susan Austin, Associate Professor of English at Landmark College in Putney, VT.

Nostalgia for an imagined and glorious past has influenced the evolution of stories about King Arthur and his court for centuries. According to the moods and needs of the period, new characters were added to demonstrate or question the excellence of these paragons, or to replace those who had perhaps become too human or simply gone out of style. New plot motifs, such as the search for the grail and Lancelot’s love for Guinevere became part of the legend.

The past hundred years has brought the legend of King Arthur to Broadway, television, comedy, and Disney; countless authors have appropriated or reimagined the legend and elements from it. How have films, television shows, games, comics, and books for all audiences and ages employed Arthurian characters, themes, motifs, and plots? How have these changes reflected shifting cultural attitudes and values? What do recent retellings and appropriations of Arthurian legend tell us about ourselves and the generations immediately preceding us? How have these changes reflected shifting cultural attitudes and values? What do we want and need from King Arthur and his court?

Possible contributions may include the following topics (non-comprehensive list, open to suggestions):

- How do references to and re-imaginings of Arthurian legend appear in literature, film, television and popular culture in general from 1960 onward?

- How have films, games, comics, and books for all ages employed Arthurian characters, themes, motifs, and plots?

Deadline for proposals: July 1, 2018

How to submit your proposal

Please submit one-page proposals including an annotated summary, a short biographical note and (if available) a list of similar titles.

For further questions or to submit your proposal, you can write to: or

A paper that has been published previously may not be included.

About the publisher

Vernon Press is an independent publisher of scholarly books in the social sciences and humanities. Our mission is to serve the community of academic and professional scholars by providing a visible, quality platform for the dissemination of emergent ideas. We work closely with authors, academic associations, distributors and library information specialists to identify and develop high quality, high impact titles. For more information, visit

Warrior Women Update

Many thanks to those that submitted proposals or passed along the call for papers for our session on on Women Warriors and Popular Culture: Representations across Time and Space. We received enough proposals to run two full panels.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

CFP Women Warriors and Popular Culture: Representations Across Time and Space (6/1/2018; NEPCA 10/19-20/2018)

Women Warriors and Popular Culture: Representations Across Time and Space

Panel Proposed for the Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area
Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture

2018 Conference of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
Worcester State University, Worcester, Massachusetts
19-20 October 2018
Proposals due 1 June 2018

Women warriors have been important figures throughout history, but their reception and representation in popular culture is often overlooked. As a means of furthering discussion and debate on these indivuduals, the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture invites paper proposals that explore the histories, mythologies, cultural presentations and workings of women warriors across time and space. We welcome papers that delve into the popular cultural appropriation of notable women warriors, such as Boudicca, Joanna of Flanders Joan of Arc, or Grace O’Malley, as well as papers that address the place and signification of women warriors in the historical and mythic fiction of popular culture (TV, movies, comics, etc.), such as Snow White and the Huntsman, The Vikings, and Wonder Woman

Presentations will be limited to 15 or 20 minutes in length depending on final panel size.

Directions for Submission:

Please contact the organizers Michael A. Torregrossa and June-Ann Greeley at, using “Women Warriors and Popular Culture” as your subject line, with any questions in advance of the 1 June 2018 deadline. 

Submissions for the panel will be made by the organizers to NEPCA. We need contact information, academic affiliation (if any), an academic biographical statement (between 50 and 200 words), a paper title (no more than 60 characters), and a paper abstract (no more than 250 words). Please send this to us at, using “Women Warriors and Popular Culture” as your subject line.

Membership in NEPCA is required for participation and annual dues are included in conference registration fees. Further details are available at

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Kalamazoo 2018 Session Bios

Here again is a listing of our sessions for this week's International Congress on Medieval Studies. Biographical statements are included for each participant. A PDF version can be accessed at

53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University
10- 13 May 2018

Saturday, 5/12, at 1:30 PM
417 SCHNEIDER 1160
Past, Present, Future: Medieval Monsters and Their Afterlives I
Sponsor: Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture
 Organizer: Michael A. Torregrossa, Independent Scholar

Presider: Anna Czarnowus, Univ. of Silesia
Anna Czarnowus is Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Philology at the University of Silesia, Katowice (Poland). She specializes in Middle English literature and published her doctorate as Inscription on the Body: Monstrous Children in Middle English Literature (Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego, 2009). Her Habilitatzionsschrift was published as the monograph Fantasies of the Other’s Body: Monstrous Children in Middle English Literature (Peter Lang, 2013). She has written on Chaucer and the Chaucerians, Middle English romance, medieval literature from the perspective of postcolonial and gender studies, medievalisms, and litanic poetry. Her recent interests include ecocriticism and the history of emotions.

Giants in the History of England: The Final Frontier and Steven Spielberg’s The BFG
Geneviève Pigeon, Univ. du Québec–Montréal
Geneviève Pigeon studies Medieval Literature and England’s Arthurian founding myth. She currently teaches at Université du Québec's Religous Studies Department and is a member of both the Centre de recherche bretonne et celtique (Université de Bretagne occidentale, France) and the Centre de recherche internationale sur l'imaginaire. Most recently, Geneviève was a guest editor for the newly released number 35 issue of Religiologiques, in which she co-authored an article about the celebration of Halloween in Québec. The journal is free and can be accessed at Her work often focuses on the written representation of landscapes as reservoirs of memory, and she is especially intrigued (as today’s paper illustrates) by their unusual inhabitants. Geneviève believes that these figures—fairies, giants, hermits, magicians, animals and other fascinating creatures—are the most interesting aspects of any story. 

The Monstrous Host: Hospitality and Hostility in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant
Matthew Vernon, Univ. of California–Davis
Matthew Vernon is an assistant professor of English Literature at the University of California, Davis. His current research project studies African-American mobilizations of medieval texts and iconography. He has published on Gerald of Wales and the problems of defining ethnicity as well as on race and nostalgia in the Marvel film Captain America: The First Avenger

Merlin the White(washed): The Entertainment Industry’s Evasion of Merlin’s Demonic Heritage
Michael A. Torregrossa
Michael A. Torregrossa is a graduate of the Medieval Studies program at the University of Connecticut (Storrs) and a devoted follower of Merlin’s career on screen. His published work on the subject includes “Merlin Goes to the Movies: The Changing Role of Merlin in Cinema Arthuriana” in Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies, “Merlin at the Multiplex: A Filmography of Merlin in Arthurian Film, Television and Videocassette 1920-1998” in the 1999 Film & History CD-ROM Annual, “The Way of the Wizard: Reflections of Merlin on Film” in The Medieval Hero on Screen: Representations from Beowulf to Buffy, and entries on “Television” in the 2001 and 2005 supplements to The Arthurian Encyclopedia.  In addition, Michael is founder of The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain, The Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture, and The Northeast Alliance for Scholarship on the Fantastic, as well as the outgoing Fantastic (Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror) Area Chair for the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association, a position he has held since 2009. He welcomes your help in furthering the missions of these various groups. 

A Rapacious Daemon in King Arthur’s Court: Re-designating Merlin as a Demonic Rapist in Arthuriana [note corrected title]
Tirumular Narayanan, California State Univ.–Chico
Tirumular (Drew) Narayanan is a second-year art history graduate student at California State University, Chico. After finishing his B.A. in Medieval Studies at UC Davis, Drew became an adjutant to Dr. Susan Landauer, who was writing Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest., and he would later become the author of the illustrated chronology in Landauer’s book. Drew’s interest in scholarship heavily revolves around “othered” characters, whether they be demons, impaired persons, or double-chinned Roman emperors, and he is also a promising scholar of medieval-themed comics and, last year, presented at a Kalamazoo session where he discussed Ableism in Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant. In addition, he hopes to be announcing the publication of his paper, Kull: To Be King, within the coming year. In his free time, Drew is a voracious consumer of Arthuriana and enjoys watching re-runs of Scooby Doo with his fiancé Kelsey.

Saturday, 5/12, at 3:30 PM
469 SCHNEIDER 1160
Past, Present, Future: Medieval Monsters and Their Afterlives II
Sponsor: Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture
Organizer: Michael A. Torregrossa, Independent Scholar

Presider: Whitney Dirks-Schuster, Grand Valley State Univ.
Whitney Dirks-Schuster is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Grand Valley State University (MI).  She received her PhD in History at The Ohio State University in 2013.  Whitney specializes in early modern British social and medical history with an emphasis on bodies and unusual anatomies, and she is under contract with Amsterdam University Press for her first book, Monstrous Bodies and Knowledge Transfer in Early Modern England.  The book revolves around an unique legal case, involving the alleged kidnapping of a pair of neonatal conjoined twins born in 1680, which is contextualized in terms of broader cultural beliefs about monstrosity between 1450 and 1800.  She most recently published “ ‘Weighty Celebrity’: Corpulency, Monstrosity, and Freakery in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century England” in Monstrosity, Disability, and the Posthuman in the Medieval and Early Modern World (forthcoming).  Future projects will examine the centuries-long urban legend of a pig-faced woman residing in London and the popular versus medical understandings of intersexuality in early modern England.

Haunting Poltergeists: Historical and Cinematic Representations of Ghosts as Demonic Monsters
Rex Barnes, Columbia Univ.
Rex Barnes is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, where he has taught classes in early and medieval Christian history, as well as premodern magic and witchcraft. He holds a master’s degree in the history and philosophy of religion from Concordia University in Montreal, QC, and a bachelor’s degree in political theory from the same institution. Currently he is working to finish his dissertation, “Haunting Matters: Demonic Infestation in Northern Europe, 1400-1600,” under the direction of Euan Cameron. This interdisciplinary study investigates the twin discourses of social and religious reform in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries from the perspective of demonological literature. 

The Queer and the Dead: Medieval Revenants and Their Afterlives in In the Flesh [via Skype]
Elliot Mason, Concordia Univ. Montréal
Elliot Mason is a second-year PhD student in Concordia University's Department of Religions and Cultures, working under the supervision of Dr. Lorenzo DiTommaso. He has completed Master’s degrees in Russian language and literature at the University of Waterloo, Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, and Religious Studies at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Elliot’s previous research has focused on both the biblical sea monster Leviathan and the fallen angel Azazel. As a queer, trans person, he is particularly interested in the ways in which the history of monstrosity intersects with queer marginalities and, especially, the re-purposing of historical monsters as queer icons.

The Witcher’s Anal Eye: Monstrous Technologies of the Medievalized Other in Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Kevin Moberly , Old Dominion Univ.; Brent Addison Moberly, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington
Kevin Moberly is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Digital Media, and Game Studies in the English department at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. His research focuses on understanding how digital manifestations of popular culture reflect, contribute to, and transform contemporary cultural, political, and historical discourses. In particular, Kevin is interested in the ways that contemporary computer games encode labor, often blurring already uneasy distinctions between work and play. His work has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed journals and scholarly collections, including Computers and Composition, Eludimos, Kairos, and Works and Days. Kevin has received a number of awards while at ODU, including a Hixon Fellowship from the ODU English department, a university Teaching with Technology Award, and an Entsminger Entrepreneurial Fellowship.
Brent Moberly is a software developer at Indiana University, Bloomington. He holds a Ph.D. in medieval literature from the same institution. His dissertation focused on changing representations of labor in late-medieval England, and his current research interests include Victorian and Edwardian medievalism, contemporary popular medievalism (neo- or otherwise), and labor history and studies.
Kevin and Brent have collaborated on a number of articles on medievalism in contemporary computer games and popular culture, most recently: “Gay Habits Set Straight: Fan Culture and Authoritative Praxis in Ready Player One,” in The Year's Work In Medievalism 31 (2016); “Swords, Sorcery, and Steam: The Industrial Dark Ages in Contemporary Medievalism,” in Studies In Medievalism XXIV: Medievalism on the Margins (2015); “Play,” in Medievalism: Key Critical Terms, ed. Richard Usk and Elizabeth Emery (2014); and “There Is No Word For Work In the Dragon Tongue,” in The Year’s Work in Medievalism 28 (2013). They are currently working to finish a book-length study examining how contemporary medieval-themed computer games function within and against the larger material context of late capitalism. 

The Monstrous Mongols in Medieval Eurasia and Modern Day Film
Colleen C. Ho, Univ. of Maryland
Colleen C. Ho is a Lecturer in the History Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. Recipient of national awards like NEH fellowships and a Fulbright, her current research projects include the portrayal of the Mongols in film and female piety in medieval Europe. Colleen’s teaching interests include world history from Jesus to the plague, race and religion in the Middle Ages, and the Mongol Empire. She confesses that she doesn’t watch Game of Thrones.

Kalamazoo 2018 Business Meeting Agenda

53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University
10- 13 May 2018

Saturday, 5/12, at 12:00 noon
SCHNEIDER 1160 Business Meeting
Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture


Missions Statement:  Founded by Michael A. Torregrossa, the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture is a community of scholars and enthusiasts organized to promote and foster research and discussion of representations of the medieval in post-medieval popular culture and mass media. We are the successor to the Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages and affiliated with the Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain. Membership is open  to and free for all. 

Kalamazoo 2018 Session Update 

Kalamazoo 2019 Session Proposals: “More than Marvel: Representations of Norse Mythology in Contemporary Popular Culture” and “Quondam et Futurus? Reflections on Medieval-Themed Science Fiction”

NEPCA 2018 (Worcester State Univ): TBA

MAPACA 2018 (Baltimore) Sessions: “The Comics Get Medieval 2018 (A Roundtable)” and “Monsters and Medievalisms”

Advisory Board Information 

Advisory Board Update: Two members added so far (June-Ann Greeley and Scott Manning).

Co-Editor Opportunities

Journal Possibility

Other Business?

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