Original Call for Proposals

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Online Conference

Organized by the International Society for the Study of Medievalism

Hosted by Delta College, Michigan.

Sponsored by the Humanities Learning Center  

Send proposals for papers, sessions, and roundtables to:

Deadline: 30 June 2021


Medievalism is inescapable in contemporary culture, from the success of medievalist fantasy television shows such as Game of Thrones and The Witcher, through media comparisons between Covid 19 and the Black Death, to the use of medieval rhetoric and imagery in extremist political movements. Yet alongside this heightened popular engagement with the medieval, the study of the Middle Ages is in decline in higher education, coming under assault in the name of cost-cutting and “relevance.”

This is therefore the ideal time to assess the state of medievalism today. The International Society for the Study of Medievalism welcomes proposals for papers, sessions, and roundtables on the following suggested subjects:

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  • Medievalism and post-medievalism in contemporary culture, including film, television, fictional and “popular” history writing, music, sports, and games.
  • Medievalism in today’s politics and political movements.
  • The current state of the field in the academic study of medievalism.
  • The relationship between academic medieval studies and the current popular reception of the Middle Ages.
  • Issues of race, gender, sexuality, and gender identity in contemporary medievalism and medieval studies.
  • Medievalism and the pandemic.
  • We also welcome papers addressing all aspects of medievalism, not limited to these suggested themes.
  • We particularly welcome proposals from presenters in (or addressing topics related to) regions outside North America, Western Europe, and the Anglophone world.

Further information on submission of proposals can be viewed on the How It Works page.