Established 1976

The 31st International Conference on Medievalism:
Tradition or Myth?

Universität Bamberg /
University of Bamberg
(July 18-20, 2016)

Call for Submissions:
Studies in Medievalism XXIV (2016)
Ecotheory & Medievalism(s)

In light of the Mississippi, North Carolina, and Indiana legislatures' recent anti-LGBTQ laws and initiatives, the leadership of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism hereby publicly rejects these laws and initiatives, which allow physicians and other medical professionals to deny services to LGBTQ persons, encourage employers and school officials to prevent transgender people from using the restroom with which they identify, and privilege the belief that “sexual relations are properly reserved” to a marriage between a man and a woman.

As an international society of scholars we prize inclusiveness, diversity, and difference, and we actively oppose discrimination based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are resolved not to bring our annual conference or other events to these states as long as these forms of discrimination exist. We will also actively support scholars in these states who, through no fault of their own, are now subject to discriminatory laws.

Richard Utz, President & Editor, Medievally Speaking
Karl Fugelso, Vice President & Editor, Studies in Medievalism
Amy Kaufman, Director of Conferences
E.L. Risden, Co-editor, Year's Work in Medievalism
Carol Robinson, WebMaster

Medievalism is the study of responses to the Middle Ages at all periods since a sense of the mediaeval began to develop. Such responses include, but are not restricted to, the activities of scholars, historians and philologists in rediscovering medieval materials; the ways in which such materials were and are used by political groups intent on self-definition or self-legitimation; and artistic creations, whether literary, visual or musical, based on whatever has been or is thought to have been recovered from the medieval centuries. The Middle Ages remain present, moreover, in the modern consciousness, both through scholarship and through popular media such as film, video games, poster art, TV series and comic strips, and these media are also a legitimate object of study, if often intertwined with more traditionally scholarly topics. Studies in Medievalism presents an interdisciplinary medium of exchange for researchers in all fields relating to the post-medieval study of the Middle Ages, and to the influence of that study on later society world-wide.  —Tom Shippey

The International Society for the Study of Medievalism is an academic organization that intends to promote the interdisciplinary study of the popular and scholarly reception of the Middle Ages in postmedieval times. It is based on the work and studies of Leslie J. Workman (1927-2001), who is universally recognized as the founder of the academic study of medievalism in the English-speaking world. Officers and members of the organization currently maintain a peer-reviewed journal, Studies in Medievalism, an annual publishing conference proceedings and shorter essays (The Year's Work in Medievalism), and a review journal, Medievally Speaking. They also organize annual onference sessions at the International Conference on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University and the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds, and have held their own annual International Congress on Medievalism at institutions of higher education world-wide.

Copyright © 2005-2016, International Society for the Study of Medievalism
Richard Utz (President), Karl Fugelso (Editor of Studies in Medievalism), Amy Kaufman (Director of Conferences)
Ed Risden (Editor of The Year's Work in Medievalism), Carol Robinson (Webmaster)

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