Calls for Papers

Kris Swank

[ONGOING]: 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
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Kris Swank

[ONGOING]: 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.
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Brenton Dickieson

New Member
[ONGOING]: 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

[ONGOING]: 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]>
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Kris Swank

[ONGOING]: Mythprint: Quarterly Bulletin of the Mythopoeic Society with Book Reviews, Short Articles, Event Information, and More!

Reviews of mythopoeic media, discussion group reports, news items, letters, art work, notes or short articles, and other submissions for Mythprint are always welcome.

"We are always looking for reviews, but we also publish letters to the editor or society, short articles and notes on Inklings topics, art, meeting discussion reports, and more!"

Email: [email protected]
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Kris Swank

[ONGOING]: Mallorn: The Journal of the Tolkien Society is looking for submissions of articles and notes about the works and life of J.R.R. Tolkien.

The journal, published regularly since 1970, has a readership numbering in the thousands and routinely publishes artwork from Tolkien artists, articles from Tolkien scholars, and reviews of the latest scholarly books.
The journal seeks to publish a wide range of topics and perspectives from scholars. Submissions could cover (but are not limited to):

• Applications of critical theory to Tolkien’s work or adaptations of it
• New or under-reported biographical information about Tolkien
• Interdisciplinary studies of Tolkien’s work or adaptations of it
• Studies of source material or influences on the writer

Mallorn accepts submissions at any time.
Guidelines for submissions can be found on our website:
Additional questions can be sent to the editor.
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Kris Swank

Call for Articles: Dante Studies

The online peer-reviewed journal #BibliothecaDantesca is seeking articles for its fourth volume, to be published in December 2021. The journal welcomes contributions that investigate the work of Dante and its reception from a wide interdisciplinary perspective. To celebrate the 700th anniversary of his death, Bibliotheca Dantesca invites essays related to the reception of Dante through the centuries, from the late Middle Ages to modern times, and from a variety of perspectives, including Mediterranean studies, gender studies, history of emotion, African-American studies, material text, influence on nationalism, “Italianity,” digital humanities, environmental studies, to mention a few.
Submissions in English are strongly encouraged. The submission deadline for consideration in our fourth volume (2021) is 30 June 2021.

See our website for the guidelines
For information and inquiries contact [email protected]

Kris Swank

[ONGOING]: Fantastika Journal welcomes essay submissions throughout the year regardless of theme or topic as long as the content is relevant to Fantastika in some manner or form. Articles will undergo a two-step review process - all submissions will first be reviewed by the editorial board and if deemed appropriate to the journal will then proceed to double blind-peer review. Accepted submissions will be published in our next upcoming general issue.

Please refer to our guidelines to ensure that your article adheres to our house style and formatting guidelines before submission. We also accept general fiction and non-fiction reviews as well as conference reports.

The journal also seeks academic book reviewers. Email your research specialty/credentials to [email protected] if interested

Articles can be submitted by emailing [email protected]

Kris Swank

CFP: Tolkien Society (UK) Summer Seminar: Tolkien and Diversity
The second Tolkien Society Seminar of 2021 will be held online on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th July 2021 on Zoom. We will additionally be live-streaming the event on our YouTube channel.

Papers may consider, but are not limited to:

  • Representation in Tolkien’s works (race, gender, sexuality, disability, class, religion, age etc)
  • Tolkien’s approach to colonialism and post-colonialism
  • Adaptations of Tolkien’s works
  • Diversity and representation in Tolkien academia and readership
  • Identity within Tolkien’s works
  • Alterity in Tolkien’s works
Please ensure that abstracts are a maximum of 300 words and biographies are a maximum of 100 words. Submissions can be made below. The deadline for the call for papers is end of day, Friday 23rd April, 2021
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Kris Swank

17th Tolkien Conference of the German Tolkien Society e.V. in Marburg, 29-31 October 2021. (in German) (in English)

The topic of the conference is ′′Tolkien and the Politics". It was supposed to take place in 2020, but unfortunately, for well-known reasons it was not possible. Now we hope for autumn and look forward to your contributions! The Call for Papers has started - you can submit suggestions for contributions until April 30.!
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The Biennial Conference of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies
Tentative Date: 3-5 December 2021.

Deadline for Proposals: 11 October 2021

Call for Papers:

Every country, every timespace, every culture has its outlaws, and each tells its own stories about them, in a variety of different genres and socio-cultural forms. As outlaw studies in general can be both a wide and a narrow field, we will consider any submission on any area of outlaw studies. Papers may present some aspect/s of outlaw culture in general, or Robin Hood/other outlaws in particular, from any period or any geographic or cultural background, in any media or literary format/genre. We encourage that submissions be classified using the following headings:

Society (including economics, law and crime); Literary culture (including documents and books) and Theory; Geography and Place; Play (including music and performance) and Leisure; Gender and Sexuality; Politics and political history; Cinematic and Digital Culture and Theory; Weapons, War and Fighting; Fantasy culture and Theory; Art, Archaeology and the Visual; Mystery, Superstition and Religion; Race and Ethnicity; Other Robin Hoods.

In response to the extraordinary events of 2020 and the continuance of a really difficult situation into 2021, this year’s conference will be an online event. It will be co-hosted by Dr Lesley Coote (University of Hull, UK) and Dr Steve Basdeo (The American International University of Richmond, Leeds UK).

Please submit a single document by 11 October 2021, containing:

1. a brief (100 word) presenter biography, and
2. a brief abstract of 250 words, including proposed title and topic heading/s, as above.

Address proposals to both Dr. Lesley Coote FHEA, Fellow of the University of Hull ([email protected]) and Dr. Stephen Basdeo, FHEA, Richmond: The American International University ([email protected]).

In the tradition of Robin Hood himself, and of other Robin Hoods, we expect the conference to be a free event. If there should be a cost, we would expect this to be minimal.

See attached PDF.


Kris Swank

"What is your favorite novel?"

deadline for submissions:
April 30, 2021

full name / name of organization:
South Central Review

contact email:
[email protected]

During the pandemic, we’ve heard that a lot of people went back to read their favorite novels as comfort and sustenance through the hard times. We at South Central Review have therefore decided to do a special double issue on this topic, scheduled to appear in Fall 2021. We hope to run approximately thirty brief essays (5-8 pages in manuscript form) in which the authors reflect on the literary, artistic, or other merits of the novel in question, why it resonates as it does, and perhaps why it was important at a particular moment in history, or why it remains influential today. We also hope to interview several contemporary novelists and writers about their favorite novels as sources of or inspiration for their own work.

We are inviting SCMLA members to submit essays to Nick Lawrence by email at [email protected]. Our submission deadline for essays is April 30, 2021. We will accommodate as many essays as we can, but obviously there is the possibility that not all submissions can be included. Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you.
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Nordic Medievalism and Gender, edited by Heta Aali

This volume seeks to examine how medievalism in the Nordic region, or inspired by the region, interacts with, constructs, and/or undermines gender and the prevailing myth of Nordic gender equality.

These are a few of the many potential questions that can be examined in this volume:
  • How does medievalism contribute to the contraction of contemporary understandings of gender in the Nordic region?
  • How did feminism influence mainstream medievalism throughout the Nordic region?
  • Are there distinctly gendered experiences of the modern medieval within the Nordic region?
  • How does an individual use the medieval past to construct their gender identities or navigate a masculine/feminine cultural binary within this region?
  • How does the queer react and interact with Nordic medievalism?

Submission information:
Please send short proposals (250 words) and a short biography to Heta Aali ([email protected]) and Karl C. Alvestad ([email protected]) by 30 April 2021.
Submission of an 8000-9000 word long chapter is expected around 30 September 2021.

This book will be the second volume in the series Medievalism, edited by Karl C. Alvestad.

or download PDF (attached)


Kris Swank

Call for Proposals: International Society for the Study of Medievalism
November 4-6, 2021.
Online Conference
Hosted by Delta College, Michigan.
Send proposals for papers, sessions, and roundtables to:
[email protected]
Deadline: 30 June 2021

Medievalism is inescapable in contemporary culture, from the success of medievalist fantasy television shows such as Game of Thrones and The Witcher, through media comparisons between Covid 19 and the Black Death, to the use of medieval rhetoric and imagery in extremist political movements. Yet alongside this heightened popular engagement with the medieval, the study of the Middle Ages is in decline in higher education, coming under assault in the name of cost-cutting and “relevance.”
This is therefore the ideal time to assess the state of medievalism today. The International Society for the Study of Medievalism welcomes proposals for papers, sessions, and roundtables on the following suggested subjects:
  • Medievalism and post-medievalism in contemporary culture, including film, television, fictional and “popular” history writing, music, sports, and games.
  • Medievalism in today’s politics and political movements.
  • The current state of the field in the academic study of medievalism.
  • The relationship between academic medieval studies and the current popular reception of the Middle Ages.
  • Issues of race, gender, sexuality, and gender identity in contemporary medievalism and medieval studies.
  • We also welcome papers addressing all aspects of medievalism, not limited to these suggested themes.
  • We particularly welcome proposals from presenters in (or addressing topics related to) regions outside North America, Western Europe, and the Anglophone world.
Conference website: