Deadline: 15 April 2014/1 June 2014
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 (“Medievalisms on the Move”) 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: April 15, 2014), and one page proposals for individual papers (deadline: June 1, 2014) should be sent to the conference organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org. The conference will be held from October 24-25, 2014, in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
The annual International Conference on Medievalism (ICOM; known as the General Conference on Medievalism until 1993) began with two meetings at the University of Notre Dame in 1986 and 1987. Subsequent conferences were organized through the Newberry Library and Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago, Illinois: 1988), the United States Military Academy (West Point, New York 1989), Burg Kaprun (jointly with the 5th Symposium on Mittelalter-Rezeption, Austria: 1990), the University of Delaware (Newark, Delaware,1991), the University of South Florida (Tampa, Florida, 1992), the University of Leeds (UK: 1993), Montana State University (Bozeman, Montana, 1994), the Higgins Armory Museum (Worcester, Massachusetts: 1995), Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1996), Christ Church College (Canterbury, UK: 1997), University of Rochester (Rochester, New York, 1998), Montana State University (Bozeman, Montana, 1999), Hope College (Holland, Michigan: 2000), Buffalo State College (Buffalo, New York, 2001), the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, Iowa, 2002), St. Louis University (St. Louis, Missouri, 2003), University of New Brunswick (Canada: 2004), Towson University (Baltimore, Maryland: 2005), Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio: 2006), University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada: 2007), Wesleyan College (Macon, Georgia, 2008), Siena College (Loudonville, New York, 2009), and University of Groningen (The Netherlands, 2010), University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2011), Kent State University Regional Campuses (Warren and Canton, Ohio 2012), St. Norbert College (De Pere, Wisconsin, 2013).
The conference organizers and the editorial boards of YWIM and SiM thank everyone who participated in making these conferences successful.
Additionally, Studies in Medievalism usually sponsors sessions at the International Congresses on Medieval Studies (Western Michigan University; Kalamazoo, Michigan) and the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds (UK). Conference proceedings, including papers from the annual ICOM and the Kalamazoo and Leeds sessions, have been published in The Year’s Work in Medievalism.