Saturday, January 16, 2010

New Journal: postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies

A much belated post:

Palgrave Macmillan has recently launched a new journal of Medieval Studies called postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies. The journal appears to have developed from the investigations of the BABEL Working Group, the In the Middle blog, and the contributors to the collection Cultural Studies of the Modern Middle Ages. Collectively, they seem, in general, to have an ambivalent attitude towards popular medievalism vacillating between fascination and horror, but the new journal has potential.

Here are the details from their web site:

postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies is a cross-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal in medieval studies that aims to bring the medieval and modern into productive critical relation. The journal will work to develop a present-minded medieval studies in which contemporary events, issues, ideas, problems, objects, and texts serve as triggers for critical investigations of the Middle Ages. Further, we are concerned to illuminate the deep historical structures–mental, linguistic, social, cultural, aesthetic, religious, political, sexual, and the like–that underlie contemporary thought and life, and therefore, we are also interested in attending to the question of the relation of the medieval to the modern (and vice versa) in different times and places. We want to also demonstrate the important value of medieval studies and the longest possible historical perspectives to the ongoing development of contemporary critical and cultural theories that remain under-historicized. Finally, we will advocate for and support the continuing development, from any and all disciplinary directions, of historicist, materialist, comparatist, and theoretical approaches to the subjects of the Middle Ages.

Calls for papers from the 2010 through 2013 volumes appear on the site as does a link for the prospectus for the journal.

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