Friday, June 19, 2015

Kalamazoo 2016 News

The Society has submitted a proposal for a roundtable devoted to the topic of Medieval Studies on screen. Further details will be posted later in the summer at the Medieval Studies on Screen site at

Michael A. Torregrossa
Co-Founder, The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages

CFP: “The Ballad of the Lone Medievalist” (collection) (7/31/15)

A worthwhile effort:

CFP: “The Ballad of the Lone Medievalist”

Contributions of any style and various lengths welcome!

For many medievalists who have had the good fortune to find jobs in academe, the professional reality is that we are unlikely to be surrounded by colleagues who share our areas of expertise and interest. In most cases, a department will hire only a single medieval specialist – and may be hard-pressed to convince administrations or hiring committees to approve even that one. Those lucky few who find a tenure-track position will then spend years explaining their work to colleagues, chairs, grant committees, and eventually tenure reviewers who know little about the work we do; others, in non-tenure or adjunct positions, must decide whether maintaining an interest in medieval studies is wise or even possible as the entry-level-course teaching load piles up. While the advent of digital technologies has brought us the possibility of closer contact and greater collaboration with our fellow medievalists, our resource access, scholarly profile, teaching opportunities, tenure cases, and other facets of our professional lives can be affected by our lack of numbers and by questions about the nature and value of what we do.

This collection, as the title suggests, will address the realities of professional engagement, curriculum planning, and reappointment and tenure cases as the “lone medievalist” in a department or institution. We are interested in almost any style of submission that is concerned in a meaningful and productive way with the topic of “the lone medievalist.” This will not be a collection bewailing the state of medieval studies in small institutions. Rather, we envision a collection offering camaraderie, suggestions, resolution, and advice, while simultaneously creating a snapshot of the current state of Medieval Studies as it manifests itself through the careers and daily work of medievalist academics. We intend it to be forward-thinking and revitalizing as well as helpful to those of us in these positions.

Send proposals (do not have to be too long or formal – around 100-200 words to give us a good sense of your idea) either through Facebook messaging or to the email addresses: and We are looking for a combination of anecdotes, stories, longer essays, manifestos, and advice – various lengths, any style. We do recommend 1000-5000 words (longer will be considered as well) or the equivalent (e.g. a photographic essay or a collection of documents). We anticipate a quick turnaround on this, so let’s get moving! The initial deadline for proposals will be July 31, 2015. The initial deadline for contributions is scheduled for October 31, 2015.

CFP Shakespeare after Shakespeare (conference) (6/25/15; Paris 1/21-23/16)

CFP Shakespeare after Shakespeare
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

French Shakespeare Society 2016 Conference Paris, 21-23 January 2016

 On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Société Française Shakespeare is dedicating its annual conference to “Shakespeare after Shakespeare”. The conference will be the occasion for academics, theater, performance and arts practitioners to discuss the playwright’s long-lasting legacy. We welcome proposals (in English or in French) on topics such as:

  • Shakespearean adaptations and appropriations from the 17th to the 21st century in print, in paintings, on stage, or in the media, new and old (radio, film, television, comics, Internet…) 
  • The posthumous reputation and portrayals of Shakespeare: how has ‘Shakespeare’ been portrayed after his death? 
  • The issue of serial writing and directing: dramatic links from one play to the next; productions presented as sequels or prequels. 
  • Dramatic and poetic aesthetics after Shakespeare: what does it mean to write poetry or drama after Shakespeare? 
  • Recapturing the ‘original’ Shakespeare post-facto: his work, the creative process, the publishing process, the staging and pronunciation of his plays… 
  • Studying Shakespeare’s works from the viewpoint of contemporary theories of language and literature: how does Shakespeare help us to create new concepts or review old ones? 

Selected proceedings will be published in the Société Française Shakespeare’s peer-reviewed online journal:

Please send proposals by June 25, 2015 to Proposals should include a title, an abstract (750-word max.), and a short bio.

CFP Shakespeare and Our Times (conference) (8/15/15; Norfolk, VA 4/14-16/15)

CFP: "Shakespeare and Our Times" 14-16 April 2016
Tuesday, May 05, 2015

An interdisciplinary, international conference on the significance of Shakespeare in the early twenty-first century

April 14-16, 2016
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.

What does William Shakespeare mean to us today, and what traces of his thinking can still be seen in our lives? In the context of a week-long, multi-faceted investigation of Shakespeare’s continued presence in our cultural landscape, this three-day conference will probe contemporary manifestations of the Bard. To mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death we will seek his footprint as we question the legacy of the early colonial mindset in the twenty-first century. Why does this figure among all others endure so persistently? At stake are questions of global imperialism and how it intersects with race, ethnicity, gender, and Shakespeare’s extended influence in what were, for him, newly-emerging colonial locales. How, then, is Shakespeare performed, translated, analysed today?

Abstracts and panel proposals welcome on these and other topics:

Shakespeare and Popular Culture
Shakespeare and Time
Gender/Sexuality in Shakespeare
Shakespeare and the Idea of the Posthuman
Shakespeare’s Cities
Shakespeare and International Relations
Shakespeare and the Sciences
Why Shakespeare? Shakespeare for Whom?
Shakespeare and Disaster Management
Shakespeare and Contemporary Censorship
Translating Shakespeare
The Rhetoric of Shakespeare
Shakespeare and America, Shakespeare in America
Shakespeare’s Music
Staging Shakespeare, Filming Shakespeare Now
Shakespeare and Language
Material Shakespeare
Theorizing Shakespeare in the Twenty-First century
Shakespeare and Twenty-First Century Public Learning

250-word abstracts for individual 20-minute papers, or 3-paper panel sessions can be submitted at by August 15, 2015. Advanced graduate students welcome to apply.

Inquiries about the conference can be sent to:

Dr. Imtiaz Habib
Dr. Delores Phillips
Dr. Drew Lopenzina or
Dr. Liz Black

Full conference and event brochure:

CFP Reception of Renaissance in Contemporary Culture (conference) (7/1/15; Paris 4/1-2/16)

Of potential interest. (Please note the original call was all one block of text; I have attempted to break it apart as best as possible.):

CFP: Imaginary Renaissance: The Reception of Renaissance in Contemporary Culture
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Imaginary Renaissance: The Reception of Renaissance in Contemporary Culture International conference Paris, EPHE/Rouen, 1st-2nd April 2016 Organizing committee: Mélanie Bost-Fievet (EPHE), Perrine Galand (EPHE), Louise Katz (CNRS) and Sandra Provini (Université de Rouen) Scientific committee: Anne Besson (Maître de conférences HDR à l’université d’Artois), Véronique Gély (Professeur à l’université Paris-Sorbonne), Daniele Maira (Professeur à l’université de Göttingen), Gérard Milhe Poutingon (Professeur à l’université de Rouen), Jean-Charles Monferran (Professeur à l’université de Strasbourg), Isabelle Pantin (Professeur à l’École Normale Supérieure), Stéphane Rolet (Maître de conférences à l’université Paris 8), Jean Vignes (Professeur à l’université Paris-Diderot)

Reception studies, today a growing research field in France, have largely addressed the presence of the Middle Ages and, more recently, of classical Antiquity in the 20th and 21st centuries , while paying increasing attention to the fantastika and contemporary popular culture. The 2012 conference on « The Influence of Greek and Latin Antiquity in Contemporary Science-Fiction & Fantasy Works » has shed light on the complex levels of rewriting, quoting and (mis)appropriation at play, and the fertility of classical myths and patterns in the elaboration of secondary worlds; it also highlighted the role of the Renaissance as a crucial turning-point in the reception of classical Antiquity in the 20th and 21st centuries.

However, this time period, from early Quattrocento to late 16th-century, has not yet received, in France at least, all the attention it seemingly deserves, as is the case for English-speaking scholars and the British Renaissance . Indeed, the very idea of reception is at the core of the Renaissance, since many humanists and artists used to comment, imitate, or reinvent the classical and medieval texts, creations and concepts. A great many works have been dedicated to classical reception in the Renaissance, and highlighted the period as a model for the use of ancient material and sources in the creation process. Yet little attention has been paid to the manner in which the works, men and ideas of the Renaissance may have informed our contemporary imagination , and the 20th- and 21st-century creations may have appropriated this material . The reception of the Renaissance in the 19th century is far better known, and was recently furthered , while the early 20th century was, sometimes, addressed . There has also been some interest for the reception of this or that ‘great’ author, in a wider, diachronic perspective: one might mention Rabelais, Ronsard, Montaigne or d’Aubigné, as well as, last but not least, Shakespeare and Cervantès, each of whom was the topic of monographs and collective volumes. Still, the attention has been focused on the 19th century , which appears as a major milestone in the contemporary reception of the Renaissance. This reception in the past fifty years is what we wish to address, with particular interest for popular works and culture, in order to delineate its specificities.

  • Which events have weighed the most on our collective imagination? 
  • Are there national particularities in this field of influence? 
  • What is the fate of humanism in modern representations, and how do we perceive its purpose in European history? 

In order to answer these questions, we shall take into consideration a wide array of creations: literature, particularly genre literature (science-fiction, fantasy and the fantastika, mysteries and thrillers, romance) and best-sellers; comics and graphic novels; cinema; television series; board, role-playing and video games. Three topics seem to be of particular relevance: - the reception of European Renaissance literature. We will address actualizing approaches, literary rewritings and on-screen transpositions of the period’s works – without solely considering the most widely-adapted author of all, Shakespeare.

We shall ask ourselves which kind of imitation is found among contemporary authors: a patient, precise contamination of particular sources (like the futuristic retelling of Tasso’s Jerusalem delivered in François Baranger’s Dominium mundi), which might lead to detailed, hypertextual analyses ; the transposition of ‘transfictional’ characters into new worlds (such as Prospero and Caliban in Simmons’s Olympos); or the reference to cultural elements made into universal myths, which have become separated from their time and frame of invention (Romeo and Juliet, from science-fiction to musicals).

We shall also examine the new editions and commentaries which exploit Renaissance works to serve new causes: the Satire Ménippée, during the French Revolution and the Third Republic, or La Boétie’s Discourse on Voluntary Servitude, which had frequent reprints in Europe, in times of revolution and war.

We will also wonder how the works of More, Machiavel or La Boétie might have influenced the currently fashionable dystopias. Some attention will also be paid to the biographical fictions and biopics dedicated to writers (Rabelais, Montaigne, Marie de Gournay…) as well as the contemporary readings of humanistic works, considered as ‘sources’ for the moderns (Stefan Zweig, Michel Butor, Milan Kundera, Carlos Fuentes, Antoine Compagnon).

Finally, we wish to examine the fate of the Renaissance language, with which many French writers have felt a keen affinity, and of the word-plays that appear as specific to the period (in the works of Aragon, the OuLiPo or Robert Merle’s Fortune de France). The English-speaking world, too, will not be forgotten: Shakespeare’s language has given rise to numerous literary experimentations, such as Ian Doescher’s rewriting of the two Star Wars trilogies in the manner of the Bard. - the reception of visual arts, performance arts, and symbolic imagery.

We wish to question our memory of Renaissance works of art, for which the public interest is still quite keen, as witnessed by the high frequentation of expositions as well as the many advertising boards that refer to Renaissance pictures; movie directors, too, borrow from composition or lightning devices that are immediately recognizable as characteristic from the period. This lasting influence of Renaissance imagery also transpires in pastiches (Bruegel is visually quoted in Astérix) and creative (mis)appropriations (Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q.).

We also wish to examine the manner in which Renaissance painting, especially the Italian and Dutch traditions, has fostered modern fantasies, as illustrated by the many mysteries and thrillers that dwell on the assumed enigmas of these works (Dan Brown, Iain Pears, Arturo Pérez-Reverte). Many fictions also re-imagine the lives of painters and the conditions that prevailed when they created their works (Sophie Chauveau, Jean Diwo, Tracy Chevalier); some figures even become shrouded in quasi-mystical theories, like Leonardo da Vinci. Furthermore, we shall examine the fate of other artistic forms, such as theatre, dance and music, as well as the endeavors of certain companies or music ensembles to broaden their diffusion (Ris et danceries, Doulce Mémoire).

We will also ponder on the way in which some instrumental techniques are re-visited (lute-playing in Sting’s album), and Renaissance verse is put into song. We may, finally, address the reception of a more diffused symbolic imagery, which becomes especially visible in the building of secondary worlds: urban landscapes (one might remember Jaworski’s Ciudalia or Scott Lynch’s city of Camorr, both reminiscent of Venise or Genoa in the Renaissance); sacred and occult practices (around the arts of alchemy, in Yourcenar’s The Abyss, or the character of Nostradamus); plot theories; the world of parties, masquerades and carnival; the rediscovery of a lost or unknown past. - the reception of historical events, scientific inventions, and the great discoveries.

We will assess, in the representation of historical events or characters, the share of fantasy, deliberate anachronism, and care for veracity. Thus, we will study the way in which the Reform and Religion wars are present in collective memory, while often being re-read through the prism of contemporary events (the war in Bosnia, for example, in Chéreau’s rendering of the Saint-Barthélémy in Queen Margot).

We will also study the still-vivid legends surrounding some dynasties, such as the Borgias (who have inspired countless plays and novels, from Hugo and Dumas to Manuel Vázquez Montalbán and Mario Puzo, and two modern TV series, The Borgias and Borgia), the Tudors (in its namesake TV series, as well as the many novelizations and movie adaptations of the life of Elizabeth the 1st), or the last of the Valois (in Jean Teulé’s Charly 9, to mention only the most recent title inspired by this family). It seems important, in particular, to revisit the genesis of the legends around these characters, and to mention the 19th-century works which settled their characteristics in contemporary imagination: historians have demonstrated how the ‘légende noire’ of the Valois, still vivid in popular culture, should be largely disproved in scholarly approaches. The women in particular, from Lucrezia Borgia to queen Margot or the ‘black’ queen Catherine de’Medici, fall victims to stubborn clichés, which paint them as courtesans or witches, while literary history has long been silent about the works of the greatest women writers of the Renaissance.

We will also wonder how our contemporary imagination was imprinted by the great discoveries: that of the New world (in Rufin’s novel Brazil Red, Malick’s film The New World or the TV show The Mysterious Cities of Gold), Copernic’s revolution and Galileo’s works, or the invention of the printing press (for example in Anne Cunéo’s Le Maître de Garamond). We shall question how they resonate with today’s post-modern epistemological and technological changes (world globalization, numeric revolution…).

We may, finally, examine the concern for historical realism in the conception of settings and costumes, in cinema (Tavernier’s Princess of Montpensier) as well as the videogame industry (Assassin’s Creed 2).

By exploring all these leads, we hope to draw the first draft of a map delineating our collective memory of the Renaissance. Therefore, we wish to study the Renaissance as a myth, with its heroes and (oft-forgotten) heroines, its places of predilection, a myth which was built and transmitted by generations of scholars as well as artists, novelists, directors, who have passed on some topical representations as well as constantly reinvented the period. In order to better define this ‘imaginary Renaissance’ in contemporary culture, our conference, with a firmly interdisciplinary approach, will bring together academic contributions and exchanges with writers and creators, who will be invited to reflect upon their practices and relationship to the Renaissance. It is opened to specialists of the Renaissance with an interest in its contemporary reception, as well as specialists of comparative literature, 20th- and 21st-century literature, art history and the performing arts.

Paper proposals, presented as abstracts no longer than one page, should be sent to the organizers along with a short bio-bibliography, before July 1st, 2015, to the following address:

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Call for Submissions for Teaching Medieval and Renaissance Literature (11/25/15)

Teaching Medieval and Renaissance Literature
full name / name of organization:
This Rough Magic /
contact email:

This Rough Magic ( is a journal dedicated to the art of teaching Medieval and Renaissance Literature.

We are seeking academic, teachable articles that focus on, but are not limited to, the following categories:

•Genre Issues
•Narrative Structure
•Philosophy and Rhetoric

We also seek short essays that encourage faculty to try overlooked, non-traditional texts inside the classroom and book reviews.

Submission deadline for our upcoming December issue is currently November 25, 2015. Veteran faculty and graduate students are encouraged to submit.

For more information, please visit our website:

By web submission at 06/01/2015 - 21:47

SMART for Spring 2015

The latest number (22.1) of Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching is now available. It can be ordered online at

The Spring 2015 issue of Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching features an exciting collection of articles on innovative approaches to teaching Chaucer—who, for some, is easily seductive, for others, not so captivating. Although there are a number of excellent resources available to instructors, few of them offer much in the way of specific assignments or activities. The seven essays offered in this collection are presented to assist both the expert and the beginning teacher with a variety of novel pedagogical methods for helping students appreciate Chaucer and for helping educators reinvigorate their teaching methods.

This issue also includes three equally appealing diverse papers:  covering the daily life of pre-modern people in history courses, teaching with Twitter, and moving between vernacular verse and Latin prose in a seminar on Troilus and Criseyde. Six book reviews round out the volume.

(collection guest edited by Alison Langdon and David Sprunger)
ALISON LANGDON AND DAVID SPRUNGER Introduction: Innovative Approaches To Teaching Chaucer

GLENN STEINBERG Teaching Chaucer through Chaucer’s Bookshelf

CANDACE BARRINGTON Teaching Chaucer in Middle English: A Fundamental Approach

MICHAEL MURPHY Chaucer: The Text and the Teaching Text

ROBERTA MILLIKEN Using Rap Music to Teach an Appreciation of Chaucer’s Language in the British Literature Survey Class

SARAH POWRIE Lost and Found in Translation: Updating Chaucer’s Status with the Millennial Generation

REBECCA BRACKMANN To Caunterbury They Tweete: Twitter in the Chaucer Classroom

MELISSA RIDLEY ELMES Prdn Me? Text Speak, Middle English, and Chaucer’s Pardoner’s Tale

CHRIS CRAUN Covering the Daily Life of Pre-Modern People in History Courses

MARY C. FLANNERY Teaching with Twitter: A Medievalist’s Case Study

ARVIND THOMAS Moving between Vernacular Verse and Latin Prose in an Undergraduate Seminar on Troilus and Criseyde

STEPHEN F. EVANS Book Review: At Home in Shakespeare’s Tragedies, by Geraldo U. de Sousa

MEL STORM Book Review: The Grail, the Quest and the World of Arthur, edited by Norris J. Lacy

BARBARA HANAWALT Book Review:  Lost Londons: Change, Crime and Control in the Capital City, 1550–1660, by Paul Griffiths

DONALD WINEKE Book Review:  The Shakespeare Handbooks: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by Martin White

STEPHANIE HORTON Book Review:  Greenery: Ecocritical Readings of Late Medieval English Literature, by Gillian Rudd

AMY MORRIS Book Review:  Women in Dark Age and Early Medieval Europe c. 500–1200, by Helen M. Jewell

Both spring and fall 2015 issues of SMART are included in the yearly subscription price of $25 for individuals, $30 for libraries and centers, and $30 for subscriptions outside of the United States. Prepayment is required. A subscription form can be printed by clicking on Subscription Information in the left side bar area.

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
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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