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.
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>
Mythpress: Cities and Strongholds of Middleearth: Essays on the Habitations of Tolkien’s Legendarium.
Edited by Cami Agan.
This volume seeks to develop further the conversation about the habitations of the Peoples of Middle-earth. In addition to the details concerning the natural world and its geography, Tolkien’s attention to the construction, aesthetics, and strategic positioning of the strongholds and cities in each Age of his legendarium reveals how vital they are to the development of his created world and to the thematics of his tales. By examining the significance of the Peoples of Middle-earth dwelling in, altering, and developing habitations that form the crux of central narratives in every age of Middle earth, the volume seeks to offer an added perspective to the significant scholarship on nature and the natural world.
Submissions may examine the cities and strongholds of any Age – and any version – of the legendarium; topics may include but are not limited
to explorations of:
-- cultural geography
-- film representations
-- fan art
-- Tolkien’s artistic representations
-- absence of cities/strongholds in cultures
-- material culture
-- cities/strongholds in/vs. nature
-- economic exchanges
-- war, Siege
-- race relations
-- specific cities/strongholds, eg. Tirion, Doriath, Nargothrond, Gondolin, Nogrod,
Rivendell, Moria, Osgiliath, Laketown, Isengard, Minas Tirith, Helm’s Deep, Edoras,
-- geopolitical tensions
-- history, memory
-- magic, enchantment and construction
-- labor, work, within cities/strongholds Please send abstracts or completed essays for consideration to Cami Agan at [email protected] by
March 1, 2020.
Completed essays are preferred, but strong abstracts will be encouraged to submit.
The third edition of Scandia Journal of Medieval Norse Studies (ISSN: 2595-9107) is going to present free thematic sessions of articles and reviews. It will, therefore, accept papers involving any area or field of Norse studies regarding Viking Age and Medieval Scandinavia: History, Literature, Archaeology, Politics, Mythology, Religion, Gender, and others. Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches will be most welcome. Contributions are accepted in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.
The journal is indexed in Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers; IBICT/Diadorim; Latindex; WorldCat; German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB)/ Leibniz Universität Hannover; Bibliothekssystem Universität Hamburg; Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig and Biblioteca Central UNAM.
The Pratchett Project Conference 2020
17-19 September 2020, Trinity College, Dublin
The aim of this conference is to catalyse the formation of a new, interdisciplinary field of Pratchett Studies. This new field will allow researchers to collaborate with and learn from others working in different domains of knowledge, drawn together by a focus on Pratchett’s life and/or work. As the first step, this inaugural conference will seek to identify commonalities of approach and opportunities for future research.
Papers will be 20 minuntes.
Send abstracts of no more than 300 words with a short biographical note to [email protected]by 30th March 2020.
12 – 14 November 2020
University of King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Elaine Pagels, Princeton
W. Scott Poole, College of Charleston
“The Devil 20/20” conference explores the nature, significance, and operation of demonism and demonization across the western tradition. The conference will bring together scholars interested in the social and cultural construction of the devil and the impact of demonism across different chronological periods and from diverse methodological backgrounds. It aims to foster interdisciplinary dialogue that addresses challenging questions about how notions of the demonic are shaped by cultural priorities and anxieties, by professional discerners and the media, and by discourses of fear and safety. “The Devil 20/20” will investigate why these images repeat through the ages and why they continue to have still have resonance in the modern world. The Programme Committee welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers, for panels (generally consisting of three papers), and workshops or round-tables dealing with any aspect of demonism and its manifestation in the western tradition. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by 15 April 2020, together with a one-page curriculum vitae to [email protected]
Halifax (pop. 500,000) is the largest city in Atlantic Canada and is the capital of the province of Nova Scotia. It is serviced by direct flights from Boston, New York, London, Montreal, and a number of other major North American and European cities. It has a range of services and attractions and has become a leading regional centre for dining and entertainment. The average temperature in November is 7C (44F). Programme Committee: Michelle D. Brock (Washington and Lee), Peter Dendle (Penn State, Mont Alto), Sarah Hughes (Temple), Kathryn Morris (King’s College), Richard Raiswell (Prince Edward Island), David R. Winter (Brandon)
Mythmoot VII: Defying and Defining the Darkness (Signum University)
“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”
— attributed to Anne Frank
When: June 25–28, 2020
Where: The National Conference Center
Call for Proposals:
Where there is light there is darkness—the two play off of each other. This concept appears throughout literature all over the world in yin and yang, good and evil, two sides of the same coin, and even in the literal sun rising and setting. How does one define the darkness? Can darkness only be defied once it is known? Should darkness even be defined or defied? We want to hear how you believe defining and defying the darkness interacts with the stories you love and how you would approach the topic.
We are accepting proposals for Papers, Panels, Workshops, and Creative Presentations about defying or defining the darkness (or tangential topics) in the following areas of study:
● Imaginative Literature (ex: Harry Potter, Dune, The Call of Cthulhu, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Dresden Files, etc.)
● Tolkien and Inklings Studies
● Classic Literature from ancient times to the present
Individual presentations, whether creative or critical, will have 30 minutes—20 minutes for presentation and 10 for Q&A. (N.B. The “creative” category is not limited to original works but could include presenting or performing art, music, drama, or dance. If you have any questions about what you can present, please contact the submissions email.)
Panels must contain at least 3 papers and/or presenters and will be allocated 90 minutes total for presentations and Q&A.
Workshops must identify their own length (either 30 min, 60 min, or 90 min) and include justification for the requested time. Workshops may be run individually, but it is recommended that a workshop have at least two leaders. (Workshop examples: the knitting of Smaug hats, an interactive discussion on dragon species, etc.)
Papers will be presented in 90-minute sessions of 1 – 3 presenters. Each presenter will have 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions) to present their paper.
Your submission to [email protected] must contain the following in the email: the type of submission, a title, a 300-word abstract or description, the name(s) of the presenter(s), and a two-sentence biography for each presenter. Title your email “Mythmoot VII Proposal”. All submissions must be received by 11:59 pm EST on March 13th, 2020.
No presentations will be given in absentia, and your submission to Mythmoot VII is considered an agreement to attend and present should your proposal be accepted. Each room will have a projector for presenter use.
Mythcon 51: The Mythic, the Fantastic, and the Alien
Albuquerque, New Mexico
July 31 - August 3, 2020
Mythcon is the annual conference of the Mythopoeic Society.
From Facebook Page: "Did you know that we're not just a bunch of nerds who talk Tolkien on Facebook? We are also a bunch of nerds who get together in person and chat about Mythopoeia face-to-face at least once a year! This year we're going to Albuquerque in what promises to be a fantastic conference. Come join us for great discussion and scholarship, and stay for the camaraderie, music, and sort-of secret sporting event!"
The Romantic Spirit in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien
A volume in the Cormarë Series by Walking Tree Publishers
Edited by Julian Eilmann & Will Sherwood
Send an abstract (ca. 300 words) with a brief biography/bibliography by May 31st, 2020 to [email protected] and [email protected] . The list of contributions will be finalized until the middle of June 2020. Papers should be handed in by December 31st, 2020. Publication language is English.
TOLKIEN AND POLITICS
17th Tolkien Seminar (23th – 25th October 2020)
University of Augsburg
Deutsche Tolkien Gesellschaft e.V. (DTG)
The 17th Seminar of the German Tolkien Society is supported by Walking Tree Publishers and takes places at the University of Augsburg on 23–25 October 2020. Those interested should send a short synopsis (no longer than one page) and a short biography by the 30th April 2020, to:
Thomas Fornet-Ponse: [email protected]
The Expanding Spectrum of Pilgrimage Destinations: Travel in Search of Meaning in Popular and Secular Culture.
This volume will be offered in cooperation with Rutgers University Press. All proposals pertaining to fandoms, cons, and clubs are requested. Proposals concerning political, ethnic, and sporting events are also welcomed, as are proposals on historical, musical, and fine art pilgrimage sites. Proposals concerning pilgrimage categories not mentioned here are equally welcomed.
Send proposals of up to 500 words along with a brief biography highlighting education and other relevant publications (one paragraph) to [email protected]no later than April 10, 2020. Please put the word “proposal” in the subject line of the email.