Sunday, May 17, 2015

CFP SIM for 2015

Call for Submissions:
Studies in Medievalism XXIV (2015)

Studies in Medievalism, a peer-reviewed print and on-line publication, seeks 3,000-word essays on how medievalism supports, parallels, resists, complicates, disrupts, denies, or otherwise relates to modernity. How, if at all, do postmedieval responses to a middle ages intersect with the respondent’s and/or our assumptions about absolute and/or relative modernity? How have the terms “medievalism” and “modernity” come to be defined in relationship to each other? Authors are encouraged to structure their essays around one or more examples and to consider not only whether medievalism could exist without modernity but also whether modernity could exist without medievalism. Please remember that our wide-ranging audience comprises generalists as well as specialists, and please send submissions in English and Word to Karl Fugelso ( by August 1, 2015.  Please follow the Style Sheet ( when preparing your submission for consideration.

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..

CFP ICoM 2015

This is a hard one to track down. This version comes from the organization's Facebook page (

Call for Papers: Mapping Medievalisms
The 30th Annual Conference on Medievalism
International Society for Studies in Medievalism
October 2nd - 4th , 2015
at the Doubletree Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA

Plenary Address by Susan Aronstein, University of Wyoming, author of Hollywood Knights: Arthurian Cinema and the Politics of Nostalgia, Medieval British Arthurian Narrative, and co-author of The Disney Middle Ages: A Fairy Tale and Fantasy Past.

Each day we are flooded with increasingly dire predictions for the death of the humanities and the corporatization of the university, as politicians slash education funding and rail about the uselessness of the liberal arts. How, in this rapidly-shifting landscape, do we plot a course for medievalism studies, a (relatively) new but recently thriving field that depends so much on the institutions and ideas currently under attack?
The 30th anniversary of the International Conference on Medievalism is a perfect opportunity for investigation, self-reflection, and ‘mapping’ our field: assessing where we have been and plotting new courses and new territories to explore. Although we welcome all contributions on medievalism, we are especially interested in proposals that imagine redrawing the map of the university, the liberal arts, or the humanities through Medievalism Studies as well as those that forge new paths for Medievalism Studies through an alchemical mixture of old and new, combining the traditions of humanities research with the innovations that will help it to survive.

Possibilities include (but are not limited to):
• Digital medievalisms
• Medievalism and the university
• Ecomedievalisms
• Interdisciplinary medievalisms
• Medievalism and iconic symbolism
• Multi-genre medievalisms
• A new ethics for medievalism
• Medievalism and globalization
• Geographical medievalisms
• Medievalism and the new oligarchy
• Serf's Up! Medievalism and contingent faculty

We welcome both abstracts for 15-20 minute papers and proposals for sessions both traditional and innovative. Session proposals or abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent before June 5, 2015 to Lauryn Mayer at

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Middle Ages in the Modern World Conference (UK 6/29-7/2/15)

Been meaning to post this all month:

From H-Announce

MAMO2015 Medievalism Conference
Location: United Kingdom
Conference Date: 2015-06-29
Date Submitted: 2015-03-30
Announcement ID: 221593
The registration for our forthcoming conference, the Middle Ages in the Modern World (MAMO2015) is now open. Early bird registration closes on 29th May 2015.

Following the success of MAMO 2013, held at St Andrews last year, we are proud to announce that a follow-up conference will be held from Monday 29th June to Thursday 2nd July 2015 at the University of Lincoln. It will also be held in conjunction with Lincoln’s celebrations of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, where Lincoln’s own copy of the Magna Carta will have returned and be back proudly on display in the castle.

As the title suggests, MAMO aims to explore the continued return to, and relevance of, the Middle Ages in the modern world, and why the period continues to attract audiences and scholars. Particularly, its interdisciplinary focus is designed to explore a range of areas, from popular culture to public history, from science to advertising, and even legal frameworks and political rhetoric. Given the popularity of medievalism as a growing discipline, and given the fantastic reception of the last conference, we are expecting a wide audience from a range of fields and disciplines including History, Literature, Film & Television, Video Games, Performing Arts, Drama, Languages, Museum Curation and more besides.

The provisional programme, and info on keynotes is available at, as well as links to the conference registration page and our social networks.

We hope to see you in Lincoln!

Dr Andrew Elliott
MC1003, Lincoln School of Media, University of Lincoln, Lincoln LN6 7TS.
+44 (0)1522 837377 (internal: 7377).
Visit the website at

Monday, February 9, 2015

Kalamazoo 2015 Program Update

The finalized version of the program for this year's International Congress on Medieval Studies is now available. It can be accessed at

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2015 Program for Kalamazoo Now Online

The draft version of the schedule for the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies (to be held May 14-17, 2015) is now available for viewing. There are a number of sessions and panels of interest.

Details at

Sunday, January 4, 2015

SMART for 2015

Subscriptions are now available for the 2015 issues of Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching. Full information at

The Spring number (see below) will focus on teaching Chaucer.

Monday, December 29, 2014

CFP Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association 2015 Conference (5/1/15; Cedar City, UT 8/3-5/15)

Sorry to have missed posting this earlier:

From H-Announce (

Call for Papers -- Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association 2015 Conference
Location: Utah, United States
Call for Papers Date: 2015-05-01
Date Submitted: 2014-10-31
Announcement ID: 217573
Call for Papers for the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association 2015 Conference: “The Functions and Dysfunctions of the Medieval and Renaissance Family”

The 2015 annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association will be held in conjunction with the Wooden O Symposium at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, August 3-5. The Wooden O Symposium, sponsored by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University, is a cross-disciplinary conference focusing on the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays, and is held in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the western U.S. Both the RMMRA and Wooden O Symposium will organize sessions in this year’s joint conference.

The RMMRA invites all approaches to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, welcoming scholars in a broad range of disciplines including history, literature, art history, music, and gender studies, with special consideration given to paper and panel proposals that investigate this year’s theme, “The Functions and Dysfunctions of the Medieval and Renaissance Family.” Abstracts for consideration for the RMMRA sessions should be sent to Program Chair Jen McNabb at  Participants in RMMRA sessions must be members of the association; RMMRA graduate students and junior scholars are encouraged to apply for the $250 Walton Travel Grants; see details at

The Wooden O Symposium invites panel and paper proposals on any topic related to the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays. The conference also seeks papers/panels that investigate how his works reflect or intersect with early modern life and culture.

This year’s symposium encourages papers and panels that speak to the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2015 summer season: The Taming of the Shrew, Henry IV Part Two, and King Lear. Abstracts for consideration for the Wooden O sessions and individual presentations should be sent to

The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2015. Session chairs and individual presenters will be informed of acceptance no later than May 15. Included with 250-word abstracts or session proposals (including individual abstracts) should be the following information:

• name of presenter(s)
• participant category (faculty, graduate student, undergraduate, or independent scholar)
• college/university affiliation
• mailing address
• email address
• audio/visual requirements and any other special requests.

Jennifer McNabb, Ph.D., Western Illinois University
Visit the website at

SMART Fall 2014 News

The latest number (21.2 for Fall 2014) of Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching is now available. It is a special issue on "Teaching Medieval Drama" guest edited by Sheila Christie. Full contents will be posted as soon as they are made available on the SMART web site (

Thursday, October 30, 2014

CFP Gaming the Medieval: Medievalism in Modern Board Game Culture (expired) (Leeds 7/6-9/15)

Apologies for the gap between posts. Here's an interesting call that I missed during its active life (apparently due to the fact that it was only alive for about a week before the deadline):

Gaming the Medieval: Medievalism in Modern Board Game Culture (July 6-9 2015)
full name / name of organization:
Daisy Black and James Howard / IMC Leeds 2015
contact email:;

Since the early 1980s, the medieval has proven to be a fertile source of narrative concept, artwork and play structure in popular board and card game culture. In recent years, games with medieval subject matter such as Carcassonne, Dominion and Shadows Over Camelot have increasingly graced the top of European and American board game award tables.

Yet the ‘Middle Ages’ of the game world is a broadly defined concept. Games taking a historical approach might chart the economical and political landscape of Medieval Europe during a set period of time, while others base their play around a specific event or series of events. In other cases, the medieval operates as a flexible cultural genre for games set in otherwise indeterminate times and places. Although board and card games frequently engage with concepts of medieval warfare, conquest and expansion, they also hold the ability to promote a rich understanding of medieval cultural, literary and social practices such as courtly love and chivalric narrative, Arthurian legend, guild, mercantile and political hierarchy, and alchemical motifs such as the magic circle.

While the role of the game in medieval society and literature commands a strong critical legacy (for example, in the works of Clopper, Huizinga and Vale), this session aims to evaluate what happens when the medieval is made present within modern game culture. This is an area that has been largely neglected by studies of medievalism, which have tended to chiefly focus on the use of the medieval in computer gaming. This session therefore intends to expand the cultural medievalism debate by drawing attention to the ways in which the materiality of board and card games produces new methods of intersecting with the medieval past.

Possible themes might include:

What is a ‘medieval’ board game?
Courts, cities, fields, monasteries
Chivalry, courtly love and other ‘medieval’ ideals
Materiality and play, medieval artwork, and the game as artefact
Gender, power and characterisation
Performance, roleplay, and crossplaying
Narrative and playing structures
Place, space and time
Games and pedagogy – using games to teach ‘medieval’ concepts
Figuring the medieval ‘orient’ in game culture

Please send abstracts of 250 words to Daisy Black at and James Howard at before the 15th September 2014.

By web submission at 09/08/2014 - 19:40

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ethics and Medievalism Now Available

Studies in Medievalism XXIII 

Ethics and Medievalism
Edited by Karl Fugelso

First Published: 15 May 2014
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843843764
Pages: 264
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: D.S.Brewer
Series: Studies in Medievalism
Subject: Medieval Literature

Details updated on 31 Aug 2014

Ethics in post-medieval responses to the Middle Ages form the main focus of this volume. The six opening essays tackle such issues as the legitimacy of reinventing medieval customs and ideas, at what point the production and enjoyment of caricaturizing the Middle Ages become inappropriate, how medievalists treat disadvantaged communities, and the tension between political action and ethics in medievalism. The eight subsequent articles then build on this foundation as they concentrate on capitalist motives for melding superficially incompatible narratives in medievalist video games, Dan Brown's use of Dante's Inferno to promote a positivist, transhumanist agenda, disjunctures from medieval literature to medievalist film in portrayals of human sacrifice, the influence of Beowulf on horror films and vice versa, portrayals of war in Beowulf films, socialism in William Morris's translation of Beowulf, bias in Charles Alfred Stothard's Monumental Effigies of Great Britain, and a medieval source for death in the Harry Potter novels. The volume as a whole invites and informs a much larger discussion on such vital issues as the ethical choices medievalists make, the implications of those choices for their makers, and the impact of those choices on the world around us.

Karl Fugelso is Professor of Art History at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland.

1  Editorial Note / Karl Fugelso
2  The Dangers of the Search for Authenticity?: The Ethics of Hallowe'en / M.J. Toswell
3  Living Memory and the Long Dead: The Ethics of Laughing at the Middle Ages / Louise D'Arcens
4  Justice Human and Divine: Ethics in Margaret Frazer's Medievalist Dame Frevisse Series / Lisa Hicks and Lesley E. Jacobs
5  The Song Remains the Same: Crossing Intersections to Create an Ethical World via an Adaptation of Everyman for Everyone / Carol L. Robinson, Daniel-Raymond Nadon, and Nancy M. Resh,
6  Bringing Elsewhere Home: A Song of Ice and Fire's Ethics of Disability / Pascal J. Massie and Lauryn S. Mayer
7  The Ethical Movement of Daenerys Targaryen / Christopher Roman
8  What if the Giants Returned to Albion for Vengeance?: Crusade and the Mythic Other in the Knights of the Nine Expansion to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion / Jason Pitruzello
9  The Dark Ages of the Mind: Eugenics, Amnesia, and Historiography in Dan Brown's Inferno / Kevin Moberley and Brent Moberley
10  Plastic Pagans: Viking Human Sacrifice in Film and Television / Harry Brown
11  Meat Puzzles: Beowulf and Horror Film / Nickolas Haydock
12  Words, Swords, and Truth: Competing Visions of Heroism in Beowulf on Screen / Mary R. Bowman
13  Socialism and Translation: The Folks of William Morris's Beowulf / Michael R. Kightley
14  "We Wol Sleen this False Traytor Deeth": The Search for Immortality in Chaucer's Pardoner's Tale and J. K. Rowling's The Deathly Hallows / Alison Gulley
15  Intention or Accident? Charles Alfred Stothard's Monumental Effigies of Great Britain / Phillip Lindley

Monday, July 7, 2014

Kalamazoo 2015 Calls for Papers

Dear Readers,

As you may be aware, the Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages is not offering a session for next year's Medieval Congress, but, if you're interested in attending, the calls for papers is online at

Michael Torregrossa
Listserv Moderator/ Blog Editor
The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Kalamazoo 2015 Final Update

Dear Readers,

The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages has decided not to propose a session for the 2015 meeting of the International Congress on Medieval Studies. We will concentrate our interests elsewhere for the remainder of 2014 and into 2015.

Thank you again for your support of our endeavors,
Michael Torregrossa

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Business Meeting Agenda 2014

Business for Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages

Saturday, May 10 (Lunchtime Events)
12:00 noon Valley III--Stinson 303
Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Villains of the Matter of Britain; Institute for the Advancement of Scholarship on the Magic-Wielding Figures of Visual Electronic Multimedia; Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages Business Meeting and Reception


The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain has been formed and incorporates the activities and web presences of both Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Villains of the Matter of Britain and Institute for the Advancement of Scholarship on the Magic-Wielding Figures of Visual Electronic Multimedia. Further details at

2014 Proposed Conference Sessions:

The Reel Middle Ages at 15 (Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, Baltimore, November 2014) (Sponsored by Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages)

Papers on the effect of Harty’s Reel Middle Ages and on how it might be expanded.

2015 Proposed Conference Sessions (titles subject to change):

Norse Mythology in Popular Culture (A Roundtable) (International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, May 2015) (Sponsored by Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages)

Camelot 3000 and Arthurian Themes in the Comics (A Roundtable) (International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, May 2015) (Sponsored by Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain)

An All-American Matter of Britain: Responses to Alan and Barbara Tepa Lupack’s King Arthur in America (American Literature Association, Boston, June 2015)

Michael A. Torregrossa
Co-Founder, Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages
Founder, Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain
1 May 2014

Business Meeting at Kalamazoo 2014

Sorry to have missed this, we had talked about not running a business meeting this year, but I guess there was some mis-communication on my part. If you're in Kalamazoo next week, here are the details:

Saturday, May 10
Lunchtime Events
12:00 noon Valley III--Stinson 303
Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Villains of the Matter of Britain; Institute for the Advancement of Scholarship on the Magic-Wielding Figures of Visual Electronic Multimedia; Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages Business Meeting and Reception

Once again, full conference schedule is available at

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

CFP MAA 2015 (6/15/14; U of Notre Dame 3/12-14/15)

The call for papers for next year's meeting of the Medieval Academy of America has been posted online at The conference theme is "Medieval Studies across the Disciplines," and it will convene at the University of Notre Dame; however, contrary to previous calls (and thereby, in my opinion, limiting the chance for richer interdisciplinary connections), this one does not include any sessions devoted to medievalisms.

CFP Medievalism on the Margins (for Studies in Medievalism) (8/1/14)

Sorry for the belated posting. It looks like this was first listed in January:

Call for Submissions: Studies in Medievalism XXIII (2014)

Studies in Medievalism, a peer-reviewed print and on-line publication, seeks 3,000-word essays about medievalism on the margins. Submissions may concentrate on the borders of the field and its relationship to neighboring disciplines, such as medieval studies, on the traditional geography of its focus and its relationship to other territory, particularly outside of Europe, on the relationship of medievalism to traditionally marginalized groups, such as the LBGTIQ community, or on some combination of the three.  Contributors are welcome to give examples but should focus on the theoretical implications of those examples rather than the examples themselves.  Authors should also anticipate a wide-ranging audience comprising generalists as well as specialists, including non-academics, and submissions should be sent in English and Word as an e-mail attachment on or before August 1, 2014 to the editor, Karl Fugelso ( Please follow the Style Sheet when preparing your submission for consideration.

CFP ICoM 2014 (6/1/14; Atlanta 10/24-25/14)

I keep forgetting to post this:

Call for Papers, 29th International Conference on Medievalism: “Medievalisms on the Move”

One of the great epistemological strengths of medievalism studies has been its openness to the many variants of cultural reception, including multiple linguistic, ideological, geographical, and disciplinary perspectives. For this year’s conference at the Georgia Institute of Technology, we specifically invite sessions and individual papers that will investigate the manifold transformations that happen when recreations, reinventions, and redefinitions of the “medieval” move from one cultural space and time to another. The conference will feature two plenary speakers.  Sylvie Kandé’s research on the migration of medievalisms from Europe and Africa to the Americas, and Kathleen Verduin’s investigation of the North American Dante reception (see below) present excellent examples of the kind of work we invite. We also imagine contributions that would show how medievalisms move between different discourses, genres, technological modes, historical periods, geographies, religions, art forms, social levels, research paradigms, etc. In addition to these contributions to the general theme of the conference, we invite any and all papers on the reception of medieval culture in postmedieval times.

Inquiries, one page proposals for entire sessions (deadline: May 15, 2014), and one page proposals for individual papers (deadline: June 1, 2014) should be sent to the conference organizers at The conference will be held from October 24-25, 2014, in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

All presenters at the conference have the opportunity to revise/extend their papers and submit them to The Year’s Work in Medievalism (for texts up to 4,000 words) or Studies in Medievalism (more than 4,000 words). The editors of both journals (YWiM: Ed Risden; Richard Utz; SiM: Karl Fugelso) will be available for discussing possible contributions during the conference. Those with book-length project should contact Chris Jones and Karl Fugelso, editors of Boydell & Brewer’s book series Medievalism.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Higgins Armory Update

As I think I've posted before, the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts, has been closed, its collection transferred to the Worcester Art Museum and building up for sale. I'm sorry to see the Higgins go; it was a great resource and wonderful site for developing interest in the medieval in persons of all ages. Further details of the transfer at

A history of the Higgins has been produced to aid in the sale. It can be accessed at

Saturday, April 12, 2014

SMART 21.1 Out Now

Now available to subscribers (details at



The Spring 2014 Issue 1 of Volume 21 of Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching presents a small collection of articles on teaching William Langland’s Piers Plowman. Like Chaucer, Langland addressed perplexing societal problems, yet his work is not taught as often as Chaucer’s. Langland’s position as one of the most important of medieval English writers raises several questions: Should Langland be taught to undergraduates? If so, in what contexts should he be taught? How can Langland be made relevant for current under-graduates? These papers, originally delivered at a session of the 2008 International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, attempt to answer these questions.

This issue of SMART also offers several other fine articles on a variety of topics—teaching Percy’sReliques of Ancient English Poetry, understanding Beowulf through a modern contrast, teaching medieval literature at a Hispanic-serving institution, employing the Crusades as a tool to discuss the relationship between Islam and the West, using anachronistic movies to successfully teach medieval history, and editing and teaching medieval drama.  The volume is rounded out with some excellent book reviews.

(collection guest edited by Theodore L. Steinberg)

THEODORE L. STEINBERG Introduction: Teaching Piers Plowman

THOMAS GOODMANN Why Not Teach Langland?

THEODORE L. STEINBERG I’m Dreaming of Piers Plowman

LOUISE BISHOP Piers Plowman: Text and Context

ADAM H. KITZES Canonicity, Literary History, and the Survey of English Literature: Teaching Percy’s Reliques of Ancient English Poetry to Undergraduates

MEGAN HARTMAN Beowulf  Then and Now: Understanding the Medieval Hero through a Modern Contrast
R. JACOB MCDONIE Teaching Medieval Literature at a Hispanic-Serving Institution

MERIEM PAGES The Crusades as a Tool to Discuss the Relationship between Islam and the West in Medieval Europe

JULIE ELB Knights! Camera! Action! Using Anachronistic Movies to Successfully Teach Medieval History

CLAIRE SPONSLOR Is There a Play in This Book? Editing and Teaching Medieval Drama

SUSAN KENDRICK Book Review: The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare’s Comedies,
by Penny Gay

E. L. RISDEN Book Review: The Chronica Maiora of Thomas Walsingham (1376–1422),
translated by David Preest, with introduction and notes by James G. Clark

GWENDOLYN MORGAN Book Review: European Sexualities, 1400–1800, by Katherine Crawford

BRIGITTE ROUSSEL Book Review: Communal Discord, Child Abduction, and Rape in the Later Middle Ages, by Jeremy Goldberg

LESLEY A. COOTE Book Review: Allegory and Sexual Ethics in the High Middle Ages, by Noah D. Guynn

CHRISTINA FRANCIS Book Review: Brueghel’s Heavy Dancers: Transgressive Clothing, Class, & Culture in the Late Middle Age, by John Block Friedman

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Kalamazoo Schedule and Registration

For those interested, the complete program and registration information for this year's Medieval Congress is now available online at