The Transitional Governance Committee

  • Interim Executives (3):
    • Valerie Johnson (University of Montevallo)
    • Angela Weisl (Seton Hall University)
    • Helen Young (Deakin University)
  • Interim Outreach (1): Carol Robinson (Kent State University at Trumbull)
  • Interim Conference & Panel Organization (1): Alexandra Sterling-
  • Hellenbrand (Appalachian State University)
  • Interim Graduate Student (1): Luiz Felipe Anchieta Guerra (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais)
  • Interim Precariat (1): Carl Sell (Lock Haven University)

Membership

7 members were proposed during the November 2020 Business Meeting. Odd numbers ensure democratic consensus and avoid ties. Members may recruit assistance from outside the Transitional Governance Committee for specific tasks as needed.

Task

To create a sustainable structure for the ISSM that will allow the society to move forward flexibly and maintain existing obligations (conference, journals / blog, web / social media presence) while allowing new voices and democratic engagement.

Goals

The mandate of the Transitional Governance Committee includes the following duties, as discussed during the 11.13.2020 Business Meeting, and as articulated in the 09.2019 Business meeting:

  • To maintain the daily functioning of the Society, via updating or maintaining listservs, social media, assorted web presences, and associated journals / blogs that are linked to the ISSM (eg., Studies in Medievalism, The Year’s Work in Medievalism, Medievally Speaking, associated social media accounts claiming connections to the ISSM) .
  • To research and then implement a formal governance structure that allow s for accountability, multiple voices, democracy, and genuine diversity and inclusivity across intersecting geographic, racial, gender, institutional status (graduate students, adjuncts, NTT, TT and tenured, etc.) categories.
  • To draft an organizational mandate or mission statement that articulates the vision of the ISSM as an open-access, diverse, and global collaborative.
  • To collect and organize existing documents / data regarding existing ISSM bylaws and history, journal archive contents.
  • Consolidate and regularize web presence, if determined to be necessary .
  • Once the formal governance structure has been selected, provide education to ISSM list/social media participants regarding the form, and then manage a formal nomination process, hold elections, and assist the new Executive Committee transition into their roles.
  • To assess the fiscal needs of the Society as it presently exists and determine if crowdfunding, donations during annual conferences, or membership fees are necessary or feasible (note: the appeal of the Society for many is that it is open access and free, though that fiscal burden may be upon individual members; this task would be assessing current needs and solutions, as well as considering future needs) .
  • If needed, to conduct listening sessions – format TBD – to collect perspectives from ISSM membership regarding the future of the Society, and thus ascertain the ISSM’s collective needs.
  • To accomplish the work and dissolve the Transitional Governance Committee after no more than 1 calendar year following election.

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CFP: The Year’s Work in Medievalism 35 (2020): Movement

The thematic focus for Issue 35 (2020) of The Year’s Work in Medievalism is movement. In 2020, movement and stagnation were paired frequently with medievalism, through discussions of plague, cultural systems, and political ideologies. We invite consideration of COVID-19 public health motion control / shelter in place orders, increasing reliance on medievalism imagery within alt-right political movements, the use of medievalism to support left-leaning political movements, popular culture medievalisms (especially those featuring nomadic or questing protagonists), and more. Contributions arising from the 2020 meeting of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism are also welcome.

The Year’s Work in Medievalism is a peer-reviewed open access journal providing codisciplinary and interdisciplinary communication for scholars interested in the reception of medieval culture in post-medieval times. We welcome submissions in English covering all aspects of medievalism, including traditional essay-style submissions that are 3,000-4,000 words (including notes) in length, as well as creative works.

Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2021.

Submissions and inquiries regarding submissions should be directed to both Renée Ward (rward@lincoln.ac.uk) and Valerie Johnson (vjohnso6@montevallo.edu). Please follow the journal style sheet when preparing your submission for consideration.

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CFP: 35th International Conference on Medievalism 

Impossible Pastimes: Playing With, In, and Through the Middle Ages 

35th International Conference on Medievalism 

Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA, November 12-14, 2020 

Play is one of the most significant sites of production in contemporary medievalism. As evidenced by the popularity and ubiquity of medieval-themed games, it is one of the primary ways through which the dominant, consensus view of the Middle Ages is reproduced as a political, historical, economic, and cultural reality in both mass culture and the popular imagination. Play, as such, functions to reify many of the most problematic aspects of traditional medievalism, including the persistent racial and gendered stereotypes that explicitly imagine the Middle Ages as a period of profound cultural crisis—a crucible of violence and want in which masculine white privilege was tested and emerged in its nascent, modern form to exercise sovereignty over the peoples and cultures that, despite their threat, were simultaneously shown to be inferior. 

       Yet by the same token, play inherently calls this vision of reality into question. As Johan Huizinga writes, play interpellates participants in a magic circle in which space and time are suspended—an imaginary situation that, according to Lev Vgotsky, is a manifestation of “desires and tendencies of what cannot be realized immediately.” Play, in this sense, is not an expression of what is but of what is denied. Facilitated through ritual and performance, it represents an attempt to make material and therefore real a fundamentally occult vision of what its participants want their worlds to be. Play, as such, inherently calls into question the veracity of its own productions. In the context of the medievalism of the contemporary moment, it foregrounds the fact that many of the problematic worldviews that are constructed as historical reality by contemporary medievalism are themselves fantasies.  

       What is more, play simultaneously recognizes that other fantasies are possible. In its ability to at once conjure and critique reality, it foregrounds the fact that there are always other ways of re-imagining ourselves and our circumstances via the Middle Ages or any number of other impossible sites of desire. Conceived as an experiment in playing with—which is to say, re-imagining the generative possibilities of the Middle Ages, the 2020 ISSM Conference seeks to interrogate the doubled potential of play as it is manifested not only in contemporary medieval-themed games, hobbies, and pastimes, but in any of the myriad ways that we play with the Middle Ages through art, scholarship, or other forms of critical inquiry and cultural production broadly defined. 

         Please send abstracts of c. 300 words for individual papers or entire sessions on medieval-themed games, hobbies, pastimes and all other kinds of medievalisms (which is to say, other forms of medievalesque play) by September 15, 2020 to Kevin Moberly (kmoberly@odu.edu). For the wide range of topics of interest to the study of medievalism, please visit the table of contents pages of Studies in Medievalism and The Year’s Work in Medievalism, and the reviews published in Medievally Speaking. More information about the 2020 ISSM conference can be found on our conference website. 

This year’s conference will be hosted by Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, Virginia. Out of an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this year’s ISSM Conference will be held entirely online and virtually. Old Dominion University has a robust, well developed distance education infrastructure, which will allow us to hold sessions synchronously, asynchronously, or as a mixture of both formats. 

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Call for Submissions: The Year’s Work in Medievalism 34 (2019): Intersections

The Year’s Work in Medievalism 34 (2019): Intersections

The thematic focus for Issue 34 (2019) of The Year’s Work in Medievalism is intersections. Medievalism studies sit at numerous crossroads; many works of medievalism bridge multiple traditional boundaries, whether of discipline, genre, historicism, medium, mode, and more. We therefore invite submissions, both scholarly and creative, that address, explore, contextualize, or otherwise grapple with intersections and intersectionality within the field. Contributions arising from the 2019 meeting of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism are also welcome.

The Year’s Work in Medievalism is a peer-reviewed open access journal providing codisciplinary and interdisciplinary communication for scholars interested in the reception of medieval culture in post-medieval times. We welcome submissions in English covering all aspects of medievalism, including traditional essay-style submissions that are 3,000-4,000 words (including notes) in length, as well as creative works.

Deadline for submissions: August 31, 2020.

Submissions and inquiries regarding submissions should be directed to both Renée Ward (rward@lincoln.ac.uk) and Valerie Johnson (vjohnso6@montevallo.edu). Please follow the journal style sheet when preparing your submission for consideration.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Studies in Medievalism XXX

POLITICAL MEDIEVALISM II

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 previous volume (XXIX) 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 (kfugelso@towson.edu) in English and Word by August 1, 2020 (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.

SUBMISSION STYLE SHEET

Studies in Medievalism is the oldest academic journal dedicated entirely to the study of post-medieval images and perceptions of the Middle Ages. It accepts articles on both scholarly and popular works, with particular interest in the interaction between scholarship and re-creation. Its aim is to promote the interdisciplinary study of medievalism as a contemporary cultural phenomenon. Originally published privately, Studies in Medievalism is currently published by Boydell & Brewer, Ltd.. Click on the below links to Back Volumes for details and to order online.

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