CFP: Global Medievalisms (Book)

Medievalism is a multivalent phenomenon that speaks differently in and across the disparate communities that practice it; as with other fields of study, extending our perspective to view medievalism in a global context transforms the object of study itself. This edited collection will consider global medievalisms, exploring how various modern interpretations, re-enactments, and reifications of the medieval serve as reactions to the neoliberal globalization of the present. Whether or not it is accurate to speak of a “global middle ages,” since the rhetoric of the medieval is a fundamentally Western construct, global medievalism positions itself in a world before gunpowder, the dominance of urban centers, and the organization of social ties around economic relations. It thus accords both with disturbing nativist appropriations of the Middle Ages and with attempts to recover personal relations whose meaning is not defined in monetary terms. Medievalisms’ global reach testifies to the extent that the contemporary world follows a widespread paradigm for social relations and cultural production (on the junction-point of which medievalism is situated), while the profound differences in what constitutes medievalism in different localities reveals fresh aspects of the post-colonial response to Western hegemony.

We seek submission of essay proposals in two main categories:

  • Work that explores particular medievalisms in a global framework; e.g., the construction of the global in Game of Thrones, global tropes in medievalist reenactments, white supremacist appropriations of medieval pasts, world-building in role-playing games (table-top or digital), etc.
  • Work that explores conversations between global and local medievalisms, particularly outside of Western Europe and the United States; e.g., Disney and fantasy medievalisms (including King Arthur manga, samurai narratives, paladins, gauchos, cowboys, etc.), post-colonial responses to medievalist legacies, medievalist reclamations of non-European pasts, etc.

Among the issues the collection may interrogate are:

  • Is there a global medieval? Even if not, is there still a global medievalism?
  • What might constitute the tropes of global medievalism? Armor and swords (pre-gunpowder, but not “ancient”)? Fealty and anti-capitalism?
  • How can medievalism act as a response to a post-colonial situations?
  • How have medievalisms been harnessed for political ends?
  • How do reified medievalisms travel across borders and cultures?
  • How do medievalist reconstructions connect with heritage issues?
  • What is the global map of medievalisms?
  • How have medievalisms been used to reaffirm localism and resist globalization?
  • How have medievalisms been harnessed to the purposes of global media?
  • Is our current notion of a global medieval world a form of global medievalism? How can this apply both to Medieval Studies as a discipline and to political decentering?

Please send your proposal, including a title and 250-word abstract, by May 25th, 2021 to Angela Weisl ( and Robert Squillace (; include your title and affiliation in your cover email.

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Studies in Medievalism XXX: Politics and Medievalism (Studies) II

Available Now! Studies in Medievalism XXX: Politics and Medievalism (Studies) II edited by Karl Fugelso continues the theme of its predecessor, addressing how the Middle Ages have been invoked to score political points, particularly with reference to the rise of populism fuelled by recent recessions and a pandemic.

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Call for papers: 36th Annual Conference on Medievalism,“ Medievalism Today”

November 4-6, 2021.
Online Conference.
Organized by the International Society for the Study of Medievalism.
Hosted by Delta College, Michigan.
Send proposals for papers, sessions, and roundtables to:
Deadline: 30 June 2021

For more information, visit: 

Call for Papers: Medievalism Today

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GLOBAL MEDIEVALISM: culture, appropriations and reinventions

Call for Papers

International Conference: Global Medievalism April 28-30, 2021

From Q-Shaman’s tattoos to Game of Thrones’ resounding success, the medieval is undoubtedly the order of the day. With this popularity, the need to understand the origins of these many representations of the Middle Ages, their mistakes, interests, inspirations and objectives, is also reinforced. The field of study of medievalism is currently the fastest growing within medieval studies around the world. In Brazil, it could not be different: over the past 5 years, we have seen more and more academic and dissemination works focused on the reception of the medieval and an increasing interest in the subject.

Organized by GEHM (Grupo de História Medieval-Unimontes) and by the Estate University of Montes Claros, Brazil, this conference was conceived in dialogue with professors and researchers from different countries and institutions, aiming to put the Brazilian public in direct contact with the international academic debates in medievalism studies.

The conference is accepting papers, and entire sessions, submitted in Portuguese, English or Spanish. The selected works will, later, be considered for a digital peer-reviewed publication. Submissions are open until April 11, 2021.
This is a 100% online conference to reduce foreign interaction costs and per the precautionary measures recommended by WHO concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, please see the website:

– Each participant may submit up to 2 papers.
– Proposals for entire sessions can include a maximum of up to 6 people divided into two tables of 3.
– Papers in Portuguese, English and Spanish will be accepted. The themes of the proposals must include medievalisms, neo-medievalisms or medieval reception. Papers that work with representations and memories of the medieval period and the history of historiography about the period are also welcome.
– In addition to the abstract (maximum of 500 words), it is possible, but not mandatory, to send the full text upon registration. This can assist in the evaluation of the proposal.
– A revised version of the full text may be sent from April 30 to September 30, 2021, to compose the e-book of the event’s proceedings.
– For proposals for a complete session, the abstract must (in up to 600 words) describe the theme as a whole, as well as clearly identify what each proponent will talk about.

– The evaluation, acceptance, or elimination of submission are the conference’s Scientific Council’s responsibility through a double-blind reviewing process.

General Observations:
– The certificate of presentation will be issued only to presenters who were not absent during the entire panel in which they participated.
– The result will be published on the website until April 25, 2021

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From Hitler’s “Third Reich” to Bush’s “crusade” against terrorism, professional politicians have often invoked the Middle Ages to justify their actions. But they are far from alone, for many of their constituents have also deployed medievalism for political purposes, as in condemning impoverished countries for “failing to escape” the Middle Ages. Indeed, much of medievalism, not to mention the study of it, has revolved around politics of one kind or another, as became evident from the unprecedented number of submissions to our two previous volume (XXIX & XXX) on this theme. Studies in Medievalism, a peer-reviewed print and on-line publication, is therefore once again seeking not only feature articles of 6,000-12,000 words (including notes) on any postmedieval responses to the Middle Ages, but also essays of approximately 3,000 words (including notes) on the intersection of medievalism (studies) and politics. How exactly have professional and amateur politicians misconstrued, mangled, and manipulated the Middle Ages and to what end? How have politics influenced the development of medievalism and/or study of it? In what sense, if any, is it possible to have medievalism (studies) without politics? How might medievalism otherwise be deployed in professional or amateur politics? In responding to these and related questions, contributors are invited to give particular examples, but their submissions, which should be sent to Karl Fugelso ( in English and Word by August 1, 2021 (note that priority will be given to papers in the order they are received), should also address the implications of those examples for the discipline as a whole.

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