CFP: The Middle Ages in the Modern World, 29 June – 2 July 2015, University of Lincoln,

Deadline: 15 September 2014

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 29 June to Thursday 2 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.Specific themes include, but are by no means limited to:

  • The reception of the Middle Ages in the arts, music, film, politics & popular culture
  • The significance and relevance of Magna Carta to the modern world
  • Medievalism and Orientalism
  • Translating and interpreting medieval texts
  • Re-enactment and revival
  • Fantasy and the Middle Ages
  • Eco-Medievalism and postmodern approaches to medieval studies
  • The Middle Ages in Film, Television, Comic Books and Graphic Novels
  • Medievalism and video games
  • Science and the Middle Ages
  • The Middle Ages and documentary programming

In this first round we welcome both proposals for complete panels as well as individual proposals for papers. There’s also a PDF version for download, so please do spread the word to your networks; click here for the Call for Papers poster.

For individual papers, abstracts of 250-300 words should be sent to themamoconference@gmail.com, by 15 September 2014.

Panel proposals should include abstracts, names and contact details of presenters and a short (c. 200 word) description of the panel itself with the organiser’s contact details; these should be sent by Sunday 31 August 2014.

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