The call can also be accessed direct at https://www.medievalacademy.org/page/2021AnnualMeeting.
15-18 April, 2021
Call for Papers
The 96th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place on the campus of the Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The meeting is jointly hosted by the Medieval Academy of America and the Medieval Studies Institute of the Indiana 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. 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.
The program committee encourages medievalists of all professional standing to submit abstracts. 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.
Theme(s): Rather than a single overarching theme, the 2021 Program Committee has put together a set of 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 below have been proposed by the Program Committee but the list is not meant to be exhaustive or exclusive.
Proposals: Individuals may propose to offer a paper in 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 (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 proposals is June 1, 2020.
Please do not send proposals directly to the session organizers.
All proposals, for individual papers, sessions, or special formats, must be submitted through the conference web portal; please see instructions at https://maa2021.indiana.edu/.
Selection Procedure: 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 2020 and the Committee will inform all successful and unsuccessful proposers by 1 September 2020.
Information Needed for Proposal Submission:
All proposals will be submitted online, and will require the following pieces of 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 (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 (max 250-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 (max. 300 words).
Important Regarding Evaluation: Since all submitted proposals will undergo blind review, any identifying information inadvertently left in proposals will be removed before the review process begins. Please help us by ensuring that your abstract is free of all references to your name, your institution, and your publications.
After Dante, 1321-2021
Approaching the Middle Ages with Modern Science
Appropriation of the Middle Ages
Connections and Networks in Medieval Social Life
Form and Genre
Humans and the Natural Environment
Identity, Race, and Ethnicity
Manuscripts and Book History
Migration, Immigration, and Exile
Moments of Intercultural Interaction
Multilingualism and Diglossia
Natural Philosophy and its Applications
Objects and Material Culture
Performance from Sacred to Secular
Founded in 1820, Indiana University Bloomington welcomes more than 48,000 students from Indiana and all 50 states, as well as from 165 foreign nations. Of particular note for medievalists is the Lilly Library, which holds a large collection of medieval manuscript books and fragments, especially from the 14th and 15th centuries. All sessions and events will be held in the Biddle Hotel and Conference Center in the Indiana Memorial Union, located at the center of campus; other hotel and dining options are located a short walk away in Bloomington's downtown.
Program Committee: email@example.com
Asma Afsaruddin, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Indiana University Bloomington
Daniel Caner, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Indiana University Bloomington
Kalani Craig, History, Indiana University Bloomington
Deborah Deliyannis, History, Indiana University Bloomington
Giuliano Di Bacco, Musicology, Indiana University Bloomington
Nahyan Fancy, History, DePauw University
Shannon Gayk, English, Indiana University Bloomington
Ryan Giles, Spanish & Portuguese, Indiana University Bloomington
Margaret Graves, Art History, Indiana University Bloomington
Liz Hebbard, French & Italian, Indiana University Bloomington
Sarah Ifft Decker, Jewish Studies, Indiana University Bloomington
Patty Ingham, English, Indiana University Bloomington
Kevin Jaques, Religious Studies, Indiana University Bloomington
Akash Kumar, French & Italian, Indiana University Bloomington
Jennifer Lee, Art History, IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis)
Amy Livingstone, History, Ball State University
Karma Lochrie, English, Indiana University Bloomington
Manling Luo, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University Bloomington
Dana Marsh, Music, Indiana University Bloomington
Rosemarie McGerr, Comp Lit, Indiana University Bloomington
Joey McMullen, English, Indiana University Bloomington
Morton Oxenboell, EALC, Indiana University Bloomington
Diane Reilly, Art History, Indiana University Bloomington
Jeremy Schott, Religious Studies, Indiana University Bloomington
Leah Shopkow, History, Indiana University Bloomington
Barbara Vance, FRIT, Indiana University Bloomington
Sonia Velázquez, Religious Studies, Indiana University Bloomington
Nick Vogt, EALC, Indiana University Bloomington
Rega Wood, Philosophy, Indiana University Bloomington