Calls for Papers

Kris Swank

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The Year's Work in Medievalism is a peer-reviewed open access journal providing codisciplinary communication for scholars interested in the reception of medieval culture in post-medieval times. The journal is published under the auspices of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism. Contributions, usually between 3,000 and 4,000 words in length, will be accepted on a year-round basis. (Essay lengths are the same size as the average Signum semester research paper... maybe one of yours would fit here.)…/theyearsworkinmedievalism/contact

Kris Swank

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The Bulletin of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies is an open-access, double-blind peer-reviewed journal focused on all aspects of the Robin Hood tradition. The editors particularly welcome essays in the following areas: formal literary explication, manuscript and early printed book investigations, historical inquiries, new media examinations, and theory or cultural studies approaches.

Brenton Dickieson

New Member
Call for Papers:
The Lamp-Post
of the Southern California C.S. Lewis Society

The Southern California C.S. Lewis Society brings together scholars, students, and others who share a passionate interest in C.S. Lewis and his writings. In the past, the society’s journal has maintained a strong scholarly tone while appealing to the interests of those outside the academy who are interested and inspired by the ction and nonfiction of C.S. Lewis. After a brief hiatus, the society’s esteemed journal The Lamp-Post is returning to publication. We are specifically seeking essays on C.S. Lewis, but essays on Lewis’s circle, e.g.. the Inklings and other influences will also be considered.

See full CFP here:
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Kris Swank

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Speaking of The Heroic Age, they also seek relevant submissions:

The Heroic Age is a fully peer-reviewed academic journal focusing on Northwestern Europe during the early medieval period (from the early 4th through 13th centuries). We seek to foster dialogue between all scholars of this period across ethnic and disciplinary boundaries, including—but not limited to—history, archaeology, and literature pertaining to the period.

The Heroic Age publishes issues within the broad context of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe. Each issue has a "general" section and a "themed" section. Please consult the Call for Papers for information about upcoming themed sections. For any questions about the suitability of topics, please contact Larry Swain, Editor-in-Chief <haediting[at]>

Kris Swank

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CFP: "The Medieval in Modern Children's Literature"
A Special Issue of Children's Literature Association Quarterly

Edited by Kristin Bovaird-Abbo
Deadline: 1 November 2019

The pervasive presence of medieval elements in children's texts and media (including but not limited to animation, picture books, young adult novels, television series, video games, and graphic novels) has long been acknowledged, as evidenced by Clare Bradford's 2015 monograph The Middle Ages in Children's Literature. This special issue of the Children's Literature Association Quarterly invites essays that continue to explore how recent texts and media created specifically for children complicate or extend their treatment of the medieval beyond the conventional heroes of Britain, and Europe in general. Authors and directors retell tales of Beowulf, Robin Hood, and King Arthur with female and non-binary protagonists, filling in gaps of traditional narratives, and creating new characters to engage with these older themes. More important than what these texts tell us about the medieval, though, is what these medievalized stories tell us about the modern.

This special issue particularly seeks papers that treat issues such as (but not limited to) the following:

• Depictions of racial diversity
• Gendered identities, including questioning of gender binaries, depictions of female agency
• Depictions of religious identity
• Intersectionality in children's medievalism
• Depictions of geographical space, including issues of identity, migration, and diaspora
• Depictions of people with disabilities, illness, non-normative bodies
• Fidelity (perceived and otherwise) to medieval historicity
• The medieval as modernity's other
• Medievalism vs. fantasy
• Magic vs. science

Papers should conform to the usual style of ChLAQ and be between 5,000-7,000 words in length.

Queries and completed essays should be sent to Kristin Bovaird-Abbo ([email protected] with a re: line indicating "ChLAQ Essay") by 1 November 2019.

The selected articles will appear in ChLAQ in 2020.

Kris Swank

New Member
Call for papers for the journal: "Medievalista" [online]

Medievalista [online], edited by the Institute for Medieval Studies, a research unit of the NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, invites scholars from Medieval Studies to submit their articles.

Founded in 2005, Medievalista [online] is the only periodical publication in Portugal devoted to Medieval Studies. A biannual journal, with double-blind peer review, in compliance with the European Open Access policy.

Medievalista’s progressive internationalization is particularly apparent in recent years, as attested by the ever growing proposal of articles by foreign researchers, the widening of its diffusion and its increasing integration in international indexing databases (indexed in SciELO Portugal, WoS SciELO Citation Index, Latindex, Dialnet, DOAJ and LusOpenEdition).

Articles from any disciplinary areas are welcome, as long as they focus on Medieval subjects and respect the Editorial Policy and Author’s guidelines, available here (

Texts can be written in several languages, such as Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, Italian and German, following the template available here, and sent to: [email protected]

Kris Swank

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Call for Papers: Afterlives: Reinvention, Reception, and Reproduction
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Call for Papers: Afterlives: Reinvention, Reception, and Reproduction

November 9, 2019
Forest Lawn Museum, 1712 S. Glendale Ave
Glendale, CA 91205

The deadline for all abstracts and panel submissions is July 15, 2019.

The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at California State University
, Long Beach, in collaboration with Forest Lawn Museum, invite submissions for the biennial conference, Afterlives: Reinvention, Reproduction, and Reception. We invite scholars from any discipline to approach the ways in which texts, objects, and images of the ancient, medieval, and Renaissance past have been reimagined, repurposed, reconstructed, and reproduced in later periods. Much recent scholarship, particularly studies exploring medievalisms, has fruitfully traced the ways in which we construct narratives of the past according to contemporary desires. There remains, however, ample room for further investigation.

Forest Lawn Museum makes an ideal site for exploring the afterlives of the past as constructed in the present. Founded in 1906, Forest Lawn is home to dozens of reproductions of ancient, medieval, and Renaissance works of art and architecture. It was created with the goal of bringing the Grand Tour to Southern California when travel to Europe was not accessible to the vast majority of American society. From full-scale marble replicas of Michelangelo’s sculpture to buildings that freely combine classical, Romanesque, and Gothic elements in completely novel and imaginative ways, this version of the Grand Tour was both influenced by and influential upon the culture of twentieth-century California. Rather than simply replicating existing works of art and architecture, entirely new monuments were created, which simultaneously call upon the past while proliferating new experiences, meanings, and identities.

This conference invites investigation of such uses of the past with the broadest possible scope. We ask scholars to consider engagements with the past in terms of ongoing processes of reinvention, reproduction, and reception. Papers that address popular culture, such as contemporary fantasy literature and television, twentieth-century Hollywood epics, gaming, popular and folk music, theme parks and other immersive amusement sites, historical reenactments, costume design, and cultural or folkloric festivals, are welcome. Studies on medievalism and more traditional scholarship on reproductions of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance are also encouraged, including investigations of architectural reconstructions, the role of medievalism in museums, and non-Western perspectives on reinventions of the past.

We welcome proposals for twenty-minute papers as well as planned panels of three papers pertinent to these themes and their manifestations anywhere in the world.

Individual paper submissions should include:
  • abstract of approximately 150 words
  • contact information and one-page CV
Panel Submissions are welcome and should include:
  • contact information and one-page CV for organizer / chair
  • names and abstracts (c. 150 words) for all presenters
  • one-page CVs of all presenters
  • short (c. 150 word) description of the panel itself
Please send all application materials to: [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected].
The deadline for all abstracts and panel submissions is July 15, 2019.

Topics of exploration for individual papers or panels may include, but are not limited to:
  • Hybrid Reconstructions of the Past (Hearst Castle, Forest Lawn, Disneyland, The Getty Villa, and The Citadel Shopping Center)
  • Medievalism and Nationalism
  • Posthumous Cults of the Artist
  • American Chivalries
  • Medievalism and Martial Arts
  • Non-Western Reconstructions of the Past
  • Time Travel and Anachronism
  • The Detritus of Hollywood’s Constructions of the Past
  • Medievalism and the West: the American Frontier and the Distant Past
  • Politics of Historical Accuracy
  • Medieval/Renaissance Fantasy in Online Gaming
  • The Renaissance Pleasure Faire and Medievalist Counter-Culture in America
  • Industrialism and Desires for the Past
  • Dungeons & Dragons and Participatory Constructions of the Past
  • Racialized Imagery from the Medieval to the Modern
  • Post-Modernity and the Past

Kris Swank

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Call for Papers | Women & Language
Editor: Leland G. Spencer, PhD | Miami University
Women & Language, an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed
journal publishes original scholarly articles and creative work covering all
aspects of communication, language, and gender.

Contributions to Women & Language may be empirical, rhetorical-critical, interpretive, theoretical, or artistic. All appropriate research methodologies are welcome. Affiliated with the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, the journal espouses an explicitly feminist positionality, though articles need not necessarily engage or advance feminist theory to be appropriate fits for the journal, and articles that critically examine feminisms are welcome. Other potential topics include but are not limited to studies of human communication in dyads, families, groups, organizations, and social movements; analyses of public address, media texts, literature, activism, and other cultural phenomena; the role of gender in verbal and nonverbal communication, intercultural exchanges, listening, relationship building, and
public advocacy; linguistic analysis; and many others. The journal operates from a nuanced and expansive understanding of gender, so contributions about sexuality, gender identity, and the complexity and limitations of gender as a concept are especially appropriate. Contributions that center intersectional perspectives are particularly encouraged, as are those that explore gender and language from non-Western or global perspectives.

Articles published in Women & Language need not come from a communication perspective, but should reflect thoughtful engagement with
language and/or communication processes or theory. Submissions are welcome from scholars, students, activists, and practitioners at any stage of their careers. All submissions undergo rigorous peer review in a mentorship-centered process committed to developing excellent scholarship.

To submit, email Leland G. Spencer at
[email protected].
All submissions to Women & Language should be electronically submitted in
a Word file.
Articles should be prepared in standard American written English.[email protected]

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    Preferred length for scholarly research and theory manuscripts is 6,000-
    10,000 words including endnotes and references; a 150-word abstract and
    4-5 keywords should accompany submissions. Creative submissions may be
    Preferred font is Times New Roman; following these guidelines will help in
    the retention of formatting.
    Any accompanying graphic needs to be at least 500kb file size with a
    resolution of at least 150 pixels per inch. Authors are responsible for
    securing permission to reprint images, lengthy quotations, and other
    copyrighted material.
    Prepare materials with no author identification on the manuscript itself,
    including in the Word metadata; otherwise, submissions should adhere to
    the sixth edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) Publication
    Manual. Please note that APA style requires DOI numbers for all digital
    Articles for general issues are accepted on a rolling basis, with initial
    decisions typically issued in about 3 months .

Kris Swank

New Member
CFP: Tolkien Studies
2020 Popular Cultural Association National Conference
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown on Market Street
Wednesday, April 15 - Saturday, April 18, 2020*

The Tolkien Studies Area welcomes proposals for papers, paper sessions, or roundtables in any area of Tolkien studies (the Legendarium, adaptations, reader reception and fan studies, source studies, literary studies, cultural studies, tourism studies, medieval and medievalist studies, media and marketing, religious studies) from any disciplinary, interdisciplinary, or multidisciplinary perspective.
Submission Deadlines: August 1-November 1, 2019
*Please note that the 2020 PCA follows Passover and Easter holidays!

For information on the Tolkien Studies area, please contact:
Robin Anne Reid
[email protected]

(see attachment)


Kris Swank

New Member
Call for Papers:
J.R.R. Tolkien and the Works of Joss Whedon

Special Issue of the Journal of Tolkien Research
Co-edited by Janet Brennan Croft and Kristine Larsen
[email protected]; [email protected]

Connections between any of the works of both creative geniuses are fair game for this
interdisciplinary volume. Some possible topics include: world-building, horror and the
monstrous, critiques of heroism, women’s roles, Buffy-speak and elf-speak, and
villainous motivations.

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a brief bio to both of the co-editors by
August 4, 2019.
Conference papers that have been presented are especially encouraged,
so long as they have not been published. You may submit the entire conference paper
for consideration instead of an abstract. It is understood that conference papers will
need to be expanded to journal length articles (approximately 4000-7000 words). We
will be using the Mythlore citation style (available at

• Abstracts/conference papers accepted to be expanded to journal length papers will be
required to be returned in completed first draft stage by December 15, 2019.

• Note: Final acceptance of your paper for inclusion in this special themed issue of the
journal will be determined by the journal’s peer review process (after all edits are made
by the issue co-editors).


Kris Swank

New Member
Lewis, Tolkien and the Overlapping Realms of their Imaginations

Walking Tree Publishers

To celebrate the approaching seventieth anniversary of the publication of Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (16 October 1950), the editors of the forthcoming volume welcome the contributions that will aim at critically reflecting upon the similarities and, no less importantly, the differences in the two writers’ approaches to the works that came to impregnate their vivid imaginations. The thematic axis of the proposed papers should, therefore, be Lewis’s best known work of fiction, The Chronicles of Narnia, either as a whole or as a selection of individual volumes and/or episodes set in the World Beyond the Wardrobe, always, however, in connection with Tolkien’s own (sub)creative projects. The papers may therefore deal with such diverse fields of academic research as literature, theology, philosophy etc. (or, of course, a combination of some of them).

Please send a short (c. 250 words) abstract of your proposed paper (together with a short biographical note) by 31 October 2019 to [email protected]. Notices of acceptance will be sent out in mid-November. We expect the final versions of the papers to be submitted by 31 May 2020


Kris Swank

New Member
CFP: Race and Tolkien Studies

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2019
For Tolkien Studies Area
2020 Popular Cultural Association National Conference
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown on Market Street
Wednesday, April 15 - Saturday, April 18, 2020

see attached


Kris Swank

New Member
Call for Papers:
"Medieval World-Building: Tolkien, His Precursors and Legacies”

sponsored by the Fantasy Research Hub, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow,
for the 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 7-10, 2020) Kalamazoo, Michigan

The recent volume Sub-creating Arda: World-building in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Works, its Precursors, and Legacies (2019), edited by D. Fimi and T. Honegger, examines the importance of invented story-worlds as spaces for primary-world social commentary, or as means for visualizing times and places not accessible to the reader. Tolkien was one of the foremost proponents of literary world-building, what he called “sub-creation,” and his Middle-earth has had unrivaled influence on subsequent world-building efforts. Yet, Tolkien’s own subcreations were born from medieval story-worlds such as Beowulf, Kalevala, Volsungasaga, and others.

This paper session examines the emergent, interdisciplinary research field of world-building through Tolkien’s Middle-earth, its medieval precursors, and/or its modern legacies. Papers might be on such topics as mythopoeia, design, systems of magic, geology, geography, cartography, cosmology, ecology, sociology, demographics, cultural anthropology, materiality, religion, philosophy, language—literally anything that goes into world-building—in conjunction with the worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien, or his medieval/medievalist precursors, or his worldbuilding legacy in literature or other fields. Papers on interdisciplinary topics are welcome.

A paper proposal for the International Congress on Medieval Studies comprises a single-page abstract of the proposed paper and a completed Participant Information Form (PIF). (The new PIF will be available on the conference website in July 2019.)

Please send your proposals with “Tolkien World-Building” in the subject line to: Dimitra Fimi ([email protected]) AND Kris Swank ([email protected])
The deadline is September 1, 2019.


Kris Swank

New Member
CFP: 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 7-10, 2020), Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

The sponsored sessions are listed alphabetically by the name of the organization, and the special sessions follow alphabetically by session title. Email addresses are obfuscated in the page source to reduce the chances of being harvested by spammers.

You are invited to propose one paper for one session. The Program Committee reserves the right to disallow all participation to those who breach professional courtesy by making multiple paper proposals. See the Congress website or in the PDF attached for the extensive list of possible sessions. The deadline for paper proposals is Sunday, Sept. 15, although many sessions require an earlier deadline, such as September 1.