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.