From Renaissance satires of courtly love, through Victorian jousts, to Arthurian video games, medievalism has often been central to play, and play has often been central to medievalism. Sometimes the Middle Ages serve as mere background or framework for play that would not change in other contexts. But frequently play is refracted through medievalism (and/or vice-versa) in such a way as to comment specifically on the Middle Ages, the interpreter’s circumstances, the purpose of play, and/or on medievalism. Studies in Medievalism, a peer-reviewed print and on-line publication, is therefore 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 and play. How have the Middle Ages been adapted to one or more particular instances of postmedieval play? Why was that context selected above all other possibilities? What does that choice say about the Middle Ages, the interpreter, the interpreter’s circumstances, about play, and/or about medievalism? Where does play fit with the study of medievalism? In responding to these and related questions, contributors are invited to give particular examples, but their submissions, which should be sent to Karl Fugelso at in English and Word by 1 June 2022, 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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36th Annual Conference on Medievalism

36th Annual International Conference on Medievalism

We are excited to announce that registration for the 36th Annual Conference on Medievalism is now open!

“Medievalism Today”Delta College
November 4-6, 2021
Hosted by Delta College (online via Zoom)


The fee is $30 for tenure-track faculty / free for students, adjuncts, low-income people (see the online form more details) and local community members. Non-faculty in full-time employment are invited to make whatever donation they think is appropriate to their income level.


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“Identity and integration in Atlantic Europe”— Dr. Lauryn Mayer and Dr Santiago Barreiro

September 16 at 7pm (BRT). The talk will be live on youtube, and is part of the larger conference V Encontro Internacional Fronteiras e Identidades. If you are interested in watching and participating please fill the registration form. 

"Identity and integration in Atlantic Europe", with Dr. Lauryn Mayer and Dr Santiago Barreiro

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CFP: ISSM at Kalamazoo

As we near the 15 September deadline for presentation submissions for the 57th International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo 2022, held virtually 9-14 May), please consider submitting to the two ISSM sponsored sessions. Presenters will be encouraged to refine their presentations and submit them to the ISSM’s official journal, The Year’s Work in Medievalism ( You can present in a roundtable and a paper session without exceeding the conference’s participation limits.

The first, Medievalism and Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Historical Fiction, is a “regular” paper session.

The second, The Green Knight (2021): Key Critical Perspectives, is a roundtable that asks you to select a key term from the groundbreaking volume Medievalism: Key Critical Terms (2014; eds. Elizabeth Emery and Richard Utz) to shape your discussion of the recent film. If you are based in a region where the film has not yet been released [and haven’t used a VPN to see it anyway!], but sense that you will have things to say on the basis of reviews and conversations you’ve seen elsewhere, we urge you to select a term and submit a proposal that you can refine once you’ve viewed the film.

Here are our calls:

Medievalism and Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Historical Fiction (Session ID: 2862)

The “flavor” of many creative medievalisms shifts radically from genre to genre, yet these changes have largely been considered within the home genre and mode of the text in question – for example, a historical romance novel might be explored within the contexts of historical fiction or the romance novel genre, but not as a subset of medievalism. This panel seeks to upend those norms by considering medievalism as the broad umbrella category and exploring texts that play with genre, or texts working within a specific genre, for example the forthcoming film The Green Knight (2021). 

We invite proposals that explore the influence of the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction upon medievalism, whether the field overall or in specific works (of any medium or mode). For example, how might romances like Sir Gawain and the Green Knight change meaning in a new genre, such as science fiction or fantasy? Proposals might consider specific texts, or ask broader questions including: how do speculative genres influence, restrict, or expand the potential of medievalism, or change the types of stories told? Where does genre cross over with medievalism?

Submissions of 250-300 WORDS should be made via the ICMS Confex system no later than Wednesday 15 September 2021.  If you have questions, please contact Valerie Johnson (

The Green Knight (2021): Key Critical Perspectives (A Roundtable) (Session ID: 2859)

The International Society for the Study of Medievalism (ISSM) invites submissions for a sponsored roundtable on David Lowery’s film The Green Knight (2021) for the 57th International Congress on Medieval Studies, which will take place online from Monday 9 May to Saturday 14 May 2022.

This roundtable seeks participants to identify and discuss an element of Lowery’s long-anticipated film, staring Dev Patel. In short presentations (10 minutes), panelists are invited to consider an element of the film in light of a focal keyword inspired by Medievalism: Key Critical Terms (2014), including: archive, authenticity, authority, Christianity, co-disciplinarity, continuity, feast, gender, genealogy, gesture, gothic, heresy, humor, lingua, love, memory, middle, modernity, monument, myth, play, power, presentism, primitive, purity, race, reenactment, resonance, simulacrum, spectacle, transfer, trauma, and troubadour. 

Submissions of 250-300 WORDS should be made via the no later than Wednesday 15 September 2021. Queries about the session can be sent to Valerie Johnson ( and/or Renée Ward (



If you have questions about these sessions, please email Valerie Johnson directly:

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CFP: Medievalism in East Asia – I: From Printed Story-Worlds to Digital Role-Playing Games

We are extending the deadline to submit proposals to the Mutual Images 9th International Workshop, organised in collaboration with the Digital Curation Lab at the University of Salford (Manchester, UK). The new deadline has been set to the 27th of September.


University of Salford, Manchester (UK)
2 – 3 December 2021

December 2021 will mark the 20th anniversary of the cinema’s release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, directed by the New Zealander film director, writer and producer, Peter Jackson; an adaptation that rekindled the flame of Medievalism all over the world. What better occasion, then, to look at Tolkien’s influence in East Asia, as well as extend our observations to the general state of Medievalism in, and from East Asia, and particularly in, and from Japan? Moreover, with the dramatic passing of Miura Kentarō – author of the manga Berserk, one of the most iconic and influential neo-medieval manga – in May, such a research endeavour appears even more necessary than before.

As such, we, at Mutual Images Research Association, have decided this year to start a sub-series of our annual International Workshop, dedicated to Medievalism in East Asia. This first edition, done in co-operation with, and hosted by the Digital Curation Lab at the University of Salford (Manchester), aims to explore the reception, interpretations and refashionings of the European Middle Ages across all genres and media in East Asia, from early to most contemporary creations, from printed story-worlds to digital role-playing games. Participants are asked to consider the cultural, ideological, or theoretical implications of such recreations of the European Middle Ages.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers. We encourage submissions characterized by interdisciplinary approaches and based on frameworks coming from all disciplines of humanities and social sciences. This workshop is open to PhD students and academics at any stage of their career. Papers for this workshop can fall into, but are not limited to, the precedent questions and the following categories:

  • Historical evolution of Medievalism in East Asia (e.g. Japan, South Korea, China)
  • The reception and legacy of Tolkien in East Asia
  • The influence of Dungeons & Dragons in East Asia
  • Adaptation of European medieval texts, folklore, mythology and/or medieval history
  • (Neo)medievalism in serial narratives (anime, manga/manhwa/manhua, novels)
  • The isekai phenomenon in Japanese neomedievalism
  • East Asian game industries and neomedievalism
  • The impact of digital technology on medievalism in East Asia
  • The reception of Japanese, South Korean or Chinese (neo)medievalism in Europe
  • Musical (neo)medievalism in East Asia
  • Eco-medievalism in East Asia
  • Theoretical approaches of Medievalism when applied to an East Asian context


Abstracts (≈300 words), a short bio, and 5-10 keywords should be submitted by 27 September, 2021. Abstracts are to be submitted to the following address:

Your email subject line must read: MUTUAL IMAGES 2021 Abstract Submission. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us within a week, please resubmit.

All papers presented may be subsequently submitted to the peer-reviewed research journal Mutual Images –

Due to Covid-19, we are expecting to hold this workshop at best as a hybrid event with in-person as well as online participation, with the option of having it fully online. More details will be announced, later on, on this particular point. We will use the institutional virtual platform (Blackboard Collaborate). Access details will be provided in due time.

Under agreement with contributors, conference video recordings will be available for free as part of a newly established MIRA (Mutual Images Research Association) Archive.

Join Organising Chairs:
Dr. Maxime Danesin (Mutual Images Research Association, France)
Dr. Manuel Hernandez-Perez (University of Salford, Manchester, UK)
Dr. Juan Hiriart Vera (University of Salford, Manchester, UK)

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