Calls for Submission

Calls may be for conference panel participation, journal articles, book chapters, or book series. Please send your calls for submissions to Leah Haught (

For more information on ISSM’s annual conference, please visit our conference page.

Medievalism Book Series

A Boydell & Brewer series that aims medievalism peacockto provide a forum for monographs and collections devoted to the burgeoning and highly dynamic multi-disciplinary field of medievalism studies:  that is, work investigating the influence and appearance of “the medieval” in the society and culture of later ages.

To learn more about submitting a manuscript, visit the series information page. If you would like more information about the books already published in the series, see the online catalogue

CFP: 2023 International Conference for the Study of Medievalism

Posted on October 19, 2022 by postmedievalist

October 26-28, 2023
 The UNICORN Castle
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2023

The 2023 conference will be hosted by The UNICORN Castle, a haunted museum, currently in the process of evolving into an online virtual environment. Most scholarly presentations will be conducted via Zoom technology; some of the entertainment and scholarly presentations (by request) will be conducted in a 3D environment created with Mozilla Hub

Theme: The Medieval in Cyberspace

From Beowulf on Steorarume to contemporary novels (in e-text form), films, and video games: the medieval has been represented in digital form on the World Wide Web since the late 1990s. This conference invites proposals for papers, paper sessions, round tables, panels, and workshops that celebrate, rebuke, categorize, visualize, analyze, and/or prophesize all items that contain elements of the medieval to be found on the Internet.  However, we invite papers and presentations on all topics of medievalism, not limited to this year’s conference theme. We particularly welcome proposals from presenters in (or addressing topics related to) regions outside North America, Western Europe, and the Anglophone world.

Topic Suggestions:
Medieval Studies Online
Medieval Pedagogy Online
Medievalism and Online Politics
Medievalism and Propaganda
Medievalism and Religion Online
Digital Facsimiles of the Medieval
The Business Philosophy of Medievalism
The Video Game Industry and Medievalism
The Film Industry and Medievalism
Fan Fiction and Medievalism
Art and Medievalism
Global Medievalism Online
Cyberpunk Medievalism
Medievalism and Racism Online
Medievalism and Misogyny Online
Medievalism and Ablism Online
Medievalism and Homophobia/Transphobia Online
Lost Provinces, or Lost and Found Medievalisms Online

Send proposals (abstracts of 250-300 words each) by August 15, 2023 to  Carol L. Robinson at

*This conference will be 100% online.

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Posted on September 3, 2022 by postmedievalist

Deadline extended!

From Sir Walter Scott’s chivalrous knights and damsels in distress, through George R. R. Martin’s bestial lords and serpentine queens, medievalism is often quite sexist. Sometimes these biases are defended as originating in the Middle Ages themselves, or at least being true to what is known about them. But do these prejudices actually represent medieval practices and/or perceptions? To what degree is that knowable and does it matter? What about inevitable (albeit perhaps small) differences in those approaches, in their application, and among the contexts in which they are deployed? How, if at all, might medievalism have initiated or at least shaped broader perceptions of gender? How have perceptions about gender shaped medievalism? What role, if any, has been played by ambiguities in the definitions of gender and of medievalism, particularly as the latter relates to the Middle Ages? Studies in Medievalism, a peer-reviewed print and on-line publication, is seeking not only feature articles of 6,000-12,000 words (including notes) on any postmedieval responses to the Middle Ages, but also 3,000-word essays that respond to one or more of these questions. Applicants are encouraged to give particular examples, but submissions, which should be sent to Karl Fugelso at in English and Word by 1 August 2023, should also address the implications of those examples for the discipline as a whole. (Note that priority will be given to papers in the order they are received and submissions that have not been translated into fluent English will not be considered.)

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CFP: ICMS/Kalamazoo 2023 Sessions Sponsored by the ISSM

Posted on August 29, 2022 by postmedievalist

The Conference will be held in Hybrid Format on May 11-13, 2023

All three sessions will be remote.

While Science Fiction would seem to occupy the greatest distance from the Middle Ages, it remains deeply informed by Medievalism. Often presented through the episodic structure of medieval romance, Science Fiction, despite a focus on the future, often reaches back to the past for its imagery, its narratives, and its ideologies. We seek papers that consider this particular relationship between the medieval past and the projected future, whether in form, narrative, characters, worlds, or ideologies. Approx. 250 word Abstracts by 9/10 to Angela Weisl (

Aware of ever-looming legislative battles which aim to govern reproductive bodies, this session will explore the how reproductivity is re-imagined in medievalist texts. Considering medievalist depictions of conception, abortion, pregnancy, and birth, presenters may consider such questions as: How are ideas of the medieval deployed to support political battles over reproductive bodies? How do White nationalist extremists use the medieval to portray reproductive bodies (especially as traditionally coded in terms of binary sex and gender) as part of their imaginary heritage? How do feminists and queer activists use medieval materials to re-imagine reproductive bodies? Approx. 250 word Abstracts by 9/10 to Emily Morgan Harless (

In the Middle Ages, mental illness was blamed upon demonic possession. However, legal thought found that mentally ill criminals should not be held accountable for their actions. Constantinus Africanus’s writings argue that mental illnesses were caused by either internal or environmental factors, such as black bile affecting the heart or a blow to the head affecting the brain. How are current “justifications” for crimes, such as mass killings, rooted in medieval ideas of mental illness? One might consider the historical relationships between religion, medicine, and law as they have developed in the Middle Ages, as well as since then. Abstracts by 9/10 to Carol Robinson (

If you have friends or colleagues who you think would be interested in these sessions, please encourage them to submit!

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CFP: Outlaw Networks (Leeds 2023)

Posted on August 17, 2022 by postmedievalist

This is for a hybrid session at the International Medieval Conference in Leeds  (3 to 6 July, 2023).

Outlaw Networks

Although they sometimes work alone, outlaws in history and literature always belong to a series of networks. They exist alongside, within or outside communities, and have groups of supporters, opponents and comrades. Outlaw stories depend for their dissemination on networks and groups, and the stories themselves exist within groups of related narratives. This session examines some of these networks, and the individuals and groups who inhabit them. Possible topics for this session may include the following:

familial networks, bonds, relations
gendered networks
guild and mercantile networks
ecclesiastical and royal administrative networks
networks of texts, authors, editors, and printers
environmental networks
social “networking” of characters and authors

If you have anything you would like to present on any of these themes, either medieval or neo-medieval, please contact me, Lesley, by close of play on Friday 23rd September, with a working title and a short (but interesting!) abstract of around 100-200 words. That will give me a few days to organise and fill in the forms.

My emails are &
Lesley Coote BA PhD FHEA
Fellow of the Department of English, Creative Writing and American Studies
University of Hull
Series Chair: “Medieval Identities in Socio-Cultural Spaces”
Series Co-editor: “Outlaws in Literature, History, and Culture”