The 30th International Conference on Medievalism:
(Pittsburgh, PA: October 2-3)
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Plenary Address by Susan Aronstein, University of Wyoming, author of Hollywood Knights: Arthurian Cinema and the Politics of Nostalgia, Medieval British Arthurian Narrative, and co-author of The Disney Middle Ages: A Fairy Tale and Fantasy Past.
Each day we are flooded with increasingly dire predictions for the death of the humanities and the corporatization of the university, as politicians slash education funding and rail about the uselessness of the liberal arts. How, in this rapidly-shifting landscape, do we plot a course for medievalism studies, a (relatively) new but recently thriving field that depends so much on the institutions and ideas currently under attack?
The 30th anniversary of the International Conference on Medievalism is a perfect opportunity for investigation, self-reflection, and ‘mapping’ our field: assessing where we have been and plotting new courses and new territories to explore. Although we welcome all contributions on medievalism, we are especially interested in proposals that imagine redrawing the map of the university, the liberal arts, or the humanities through Medievalism Studies as well as those that forge new paths for Medievalism Studies through an alchemical mixture of old and new, combining the traditions of humanities research with the innovations that will help it to survive. Possibilities include (but are not limited to):
Medievalism and the university
Medievalism and iconic symbolism
A new ethics for medievalism
Medievalism and globalization
Medievalism and the new oligarchy
Serf's Up! Medievalism and contingent faculty
We welcome both abstracts for 15-20 minute papers and proposals for sessions both traditional and innovative. Session proposals or abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent before June 15, 2015 to Lauryn Mayer at email@example.com or to or to Amy Kaufman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The annual International Conference on Medievalism (ICOM; known as the General Conference on Medievalism until 1993) began with two meetings at the University of Notre Dame in 1986 and 1987. Subsequent conferences were organized through the Newberry Library and Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago, Illinois: 1988), the United States Military Academy (West Point, New York 1989), Burg Kaprun (jointly with the 5th Symposium on Mittelalter-Rezeption, Austria: 1990), the University of Delaware (Newark, Delaware,1991), the University of South Florida (Tampa, Florida, 1992), the University of Leeds (UK: 1993), Montana State University (Bozeman, Montana, 1994), the Higgins Armory Museum (Worcester, Massachusetts: 1995), Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1996), Christ Church College (Canterbury, UK: 1997), University of Rochester (Rochester, New York, 1998), Montana State University (Bozeman, Montana, 1999), Hope College (Holland, Michigan: 2000), Buffalo State College (Buffalo, New York, 2001), the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, Iowa, 2002), St. Louis University (St. Louis, Missouri, 2003), University of New Brunswick (Canada: 2004), Towson University (Baltimore, Maryland: 2005), Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio: 2006), University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada: 2007), Wesleyan College (Macon, Georgia, 2008), Siena College (Loudonville, New York, 2009), and University of Groningen (The Netherlands, 2010), University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2011), Kent State University Regional Campuses (Warren and Canton, Ohio 2012), St. Norbert College (De Pere, Wisconsin, 2013), Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia, 2014).
The conference organizers and the editorial boards of YWIM and SiM
thank everyone who participated in making these conferences successful.
Additionally, Studies in Medievalism usually sponsors sessions at the International Congresses on Medieval Studies (Western Michigan University; Kalamazoo, Michigan) and the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds (UK). Conference proceedings, including papers from the annual ICOM and the Kalamazoo and Leeds sessions, have been published in The Year's Work in Medievalism.
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