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.)
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.
The Journal of Tolkien Research (JTR) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal. It is an open access journal, and content will be published immediately once peer reviewers and editors have deemed it ready for publication.
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.
The Blog of The Heroic Age, http://www.heroicage.org, an online journal dedicated to the study of European Northwest from 400-1100 AD, maintains a list of announcements about CFPs of interest to The Heroic Age readers. Maintained by Signum's own Prof. Larry Swain.
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]yahoo.com>
Here's a great opportunity for Signum students who wish to try scholarly communications!
CfP: King Arthur’s Fantasy / La Fantasy du roi Arthur
For its 7th issue, Fantasy Art and Studies seeks to explore the representations and uses of the Arthurian legends in fantasy – in literature, comics, movies, TV series, video games, transmedia studies, etc.
Papers could tackle the following topics, without being limited to them:
The link between Arthurian fantasy and medieval sources (texts and images);
The reasons and issues of the permanence of Arthurian legends in contemporary fantasy works;
The association or separation of epic and magic themes;
The evolution of some characters, especially female characters.
Papers will not exceed 30.000 signs (space and endnotes included).* They will be written in English or French, and sent in .doc format, Times New Roman 12pts, single-line spacing, before June 22nd, 2019, to [email protected]
Note: this is 30,000 characters, NOT 30,000 words. For me, that's about 13 double-spaced pages. In MS word, you can count your characters by clicking the "Review" tab and the "Word Count" icon. Your number of characters, or "signs" as this CFP calls them will appear as "Characters (with spaces)."
A Special Issue of Children's Literature Association Quarterly
Edited by Kristin Bovaird-Abbo
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.
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).
CFP: Dystopian States of America.
There are still some encyclopedia entries & essays needed for this reference work:
Submissions requested for Dystopian States of America: Apocalyptic Visions and Warnings in American Literature, Film, and Politics. This project aims to be an accessible, wide-ranging survey of and reference work on dystopian and apocalyptic themes in literature, film, and popular culture. According to the publisher:
The set will not only provide insights into some of the most influential and disturbing visions of futuristic dystopia/apocalypse in film and literature, but also provide a gateway through which to examine anxieties and concerns that have roiled American politics and society over the years, such as climate change and other environmental catastrophes, nuclear proliferation, totalitarianism, technological over-reach (artificial intelligence, genetic engineering), pandemics, cultural decay, racial tensions/competition, and religious extremism.
Publication Opportunity with ACMRS and Brepols! ACMRS (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies) is pleased to invite submissions to its annual ASMAR (Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance) volume, published by Brepols Publishers, Belgium. Submissions are welcome from both scholars who presented their research at the joint conference of ACMRS and Medieval Association of the Pacific in February 2019 as well as from all specialists working on this year’s topic of Magic, Religion, and Science in the Global Middle Ages. In order to have your work considered for publication, please plan to submit the following no later than May 15, 2019 to the volume editor, Ryan A. Kashanipour:
an abstract of no more than 150 words; their proposed contribution of approximately 25-30 pages in length, including footnotes; and
a current curriculum vitae.
Submissions should focus on the general theme of Magic, Religion, and Science in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance, conform to the latest (17th) edition of The Chicago Manual of Style and use footnotes rather than end notes. Authors whose work has been accepted for publication will be provided with ACMRS’ current Style Guide. Each volume undergoes rigorous peer review, including final approval by the Editorial Board of ACMRS Publications.
Queries? Please contact this year’s volume editor, Dr. Ryan A. Kashanipour, at [email protected].
For general queries between volume years, please contact Dr. Susan J. Dudash at [email protected].
Call for Papers: Afterlives: Reinvention, Reception, and Reproduction Thursday, May 2, 2019 (0 Comments)
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
CALL FOR PAPERS - DOSSIER: MAGIC AND RELIGION IN SCANDINAVIA, SCANDIA 2 SCANDIA JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL NORSE STUDIES
Organizers: Prof. Dr. Macià Riutort (Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Spain) and Prof. Dr. Johnni Langer (UFPB/NEVE, Brazil).
Religion has always been an important topic in Scandinavian Studies. Investigations involving Viking Age beliefs, gods, rituals and the Christianization process received considerable attention in research centers. The recent publication of The Pre-Christian Religions of the North (organized by Margaret Clunies Ross) brings up the complexity of the interpretation and reception that Old Nordic Religions received until nowadays. Concurrently, a lot of studies in Archaeology and material culture have been trying to reconstruct the everyday life of the pre-Christian religion beliefs.
On the other hand, many researches realized that magic practices were intrinsic to the norse belief system and that the magical sphere was not always completely distinguishable from the religious one (Le Magiciens dan l’Islande ancienne, François-Xavier Dillmann). Others proposed that magic was a type of discourse used to challenge the political and social domains (Magic and Kingship in Medieval Iceland, Nicolas Meylan).
The different manners of representing the supernatural and the sacred permeated the literary and material space, either in the Icelandic Sagas, in the Eddas or in recently excavated temples. Thereby, we invite researchers to submit studies concerning the following topics:
- Pre-Christian rituals, temples and sacred grounds in Scandinavia.
- Christianization, conversion and the religious hybridity during the Middle Ages in Scandinavia.
- Material culture of rites, magical formulas, enchantments, symbols and curses.
- The representation and discourses on Pre-Christian Norse religion in literature, chronicles and visual arts.
- Nordic magic and magical practices in literary sources, folklore and in the Icelandic Sagas.
- The Icelandic grimoires, runes, divination practices and Scandinavian witchcraft.
- Magic and Old Norse religion in Neopaganism, heathenism and contemporary religions.
The deadline for submission is June 30 of 2019. Scandia accepts contributions in English, Portuguese, French, Spanish and Italian, and authors need to be engaged at least in any Master’s Program. We accept articles that are not related to the special edition theme, which are published in the free session.
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.
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
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 .
Call for Papers for “Resistance in Outlaw Texts” an International Association for Robin Hood Studies (IARHS) session
For the 2019 Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) 14-16 November 2019, at Greensboro, North Carolina
What is an outlaw? Obviously, one who is outside the law – but which law? Whose law? Does the term always indicate legal status, or may it indicate someone who defies a current social or cultural norm or boundary – as, for example, did the 1960s “sit-in” lunch counter protesters in Greensboro and elsewhere?
In keeping with a 2019 SEMA conference theme of “Resistance,” the International Association for Robin Hood Studies invites proposals for papers around the topic “Resistance in Outlaw Texts.” Outlaws, whether “good” or “bad,” are resisters of laws, norms, boundaries. Consider the ways various characters and groups transgress physical, legal, social, religious, political, cultural, and/or economic boundaries in outlaw texts. What is the resistance? Who makes it? Why? What results from the resistance? This session seeks 15- 20-minute papers on any aspect of “resistance in outlaw texts.” Preference will be given to papers on Medieval or Early Modern outlaw texts, or which include Medieval or Early Modern outlaw texts, although all proposals will be considered.
Because the deadline for submitting our session proposal is almost upon us, please send your paper proposal of no more than 300 words BY 9am WEDNESDAY 29 MAY 2019 to Sherron Lux at [email protected]. Thank you!
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]