14 September, 2018

Part of the conversation on changing Medieval Studies

From black military leader Saint Maurice to Arab influences in early Spain, the historical record is helping medieval scholars reclaim an era from a false narrative. Multicultural societies, they say, predate not only the civil rights era, but the Renaissance. See Noble Ingram's article, "History lesson: Scholars take aim at racist views of Middle Age," in the Christian Science Monitor, 12 September, 2018.

13 September, 2018

New MS in Global Media and Cultures approved by BOR

Our new MS in Global Media and Cultures received Georgia Board of Regents approval on September 11. It combines the strengths and expertise of the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, the School of Modern Languages, and the GT Library to provide an innovative new program geared toward the workforce of the future. For more information, see HERE.

Picture: President Bud Peterson congratulated us at the BOR meeting.

28 August, 2018

Leah Haught new co-editor of Medievally Speaking

Medievally Speaking, the review arm of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism, is the world's principal open access journal encouraging critical engagement with the continuing process of inventing the Middle Ages and has been accessed almost a quarter of a million times in recent years. Our international success has only been possible because I have had the steadfast support of many colleagues willing to share the responsibility of curating our reviewing and publishing process. 
Dr. Leah Haught has made Medievally Speaking one of her academic priorities and played an important part in sustaining the publication as assistant and associate editor. Since last year, she has pretty much collaborated with me at the level of a co-editor. That's why I am very happy to announce officially and publicly that she has accepted to serve as co-editor.

Leah Haught is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of West Georgia. Her research interests cover a wide range medieval literatures and cultures as well as modern medievalisms, with emphases on Arthuriana, performativity, monstrosity, and nostalgia/temporality, broadly defined. Most recently her work has appeared in Year's Work in Medievalism and Arthuriana, and she has a forthcoming piece in The Once and Future Classroom. She is currently working on monograph of medieval Arthurian "medievalisms" and a co-edited METS volume.

22 August, 2018

The Year's Work in Medievalism under great new leadership

Just posted this information to all the adherents of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism:

Dear colleagues,

Wonderful change is coming to The Year's Work in Medievalism, our peer-reviewed open access journal providing codisciplinary communication for scholars interested in the reception of medieval culture in postmedieval times: 

It is my great pleasure to hand over editorship to a new team of leaders, Dr. Valerie Johnson and Dr. Renée Ward, who will expand on the foundations laid by earlier editors. 

As some of you may remember, YWiM was originally conceived by the founder of Studies in Medievalism, Leslie J. Workman (1927-2001), as an outlet for the conference proceedings originating from the annual meetings of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism. In recent years, while still receiving a good number of its submissions based on papers presented at the annual conference and the sessions the Society sponsors at the medieval congresses in Kalamazoo and Leeds, the YWiM has welcomed submissions from everyone interested in disseminating their scholarship in Medievalism Studies.

Please know that Valerie and Renée will of course be putting their own stamp on our publication, but please also respect their need for a little time to get things moving.

My heartfelt "Gramercy" for their willingness to serve all of us, and the steadily growing community of those who work in medievalism studies. I look forward to their editorship with great expectation and joy.

With collegial regards,

About our new editors:

Valerie B. Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at the University of Montevallo, the liberal arts campus of the University of Alabama system. Her research concerns the late medieval vernacular literature of the British Isles, with a particular focus on ecopolitical imagery. Recently she has begun to investigate the medieval Americas. In addition to her editorial service with The Year’s Work in Medievalism, she is a co-founder and co-managing editor of the open-access and peer-reviewed journal The Bulletin of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies. Recent publications include articles on medievalism and multimodality in first year composition classrooms, romance novels and the Robin Hood canon, and a volume (co-edited) of critical essays on the Robin Hood tradition.

Renée Ward is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln. Her research concerns the literature and culture of the high to late medieval period, with emphases on monsters/monstrosity in medieval romance and outlaw literature. She has additional interests in modern medievalism, especially within children’s and young adult literature from the 19th century to present. Her current projects include a monograph study of werewolves in romance literature from the 12th to 14th centuries, and the recovery of works by the Victorian children’s writer Eleanora Louisa Hervey, including a collection of Arthurian tales and an adaptation of Beowulf. Renée has served as Associate Editor for The Year’s Work in Medievalism. She is also an editorial board member for Brill’s series Explorations in Medieval Culture, an executive board member for MEARCSTAPA (The Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory and Practical Application).

21 August, 2018

Great new Georgia Tech students at Student Success event

Got to speak with a big audience interested in how to succeed in challenging courses.

20 August, 2018

LMC faculty receive GVU/IPaT Engagement Grants

Three LMC colleagues are among the winners of this year’s GVU/IPaT Engagement Grants at Georgia Tech.
  • Wearable Technology and Society: Artistic Collaborations
    Clint Zeagler and Jay Bolter
  • Building Capacity for Sustainable, Interdisciplinary, Smart Campus Research: A Needs Analysis
    Russ Clark and Matt Sanders
  • Creating Georgia Tech’s Center for Computing and Society
    Ellen Zegura, Carl DiSalvo, and Michael L. Best
  • Understanding the Impact of VR for Engineering Analysis on Workplace Practice
    Chris Le Dantec and Thomas Kurfess
  • Connecting Georgia Tech with the Future of E-Sports
    Laura Levy and Anne Sullivan
  • The Mild Cognitive Impairment Empowerment Program’s Innovation Accelerator: Building a Diverse Coalition of Students, Faculty and Researchers to Address Aging-Related Cognitive Impairment
    Craig Zimring, Jennifer DuBose, Gabrielle Campiglia, Brian Jones, Brad Fain, and Herb Valasquez

02 August, 2018

On the attacks against the International Congress on Medieval Studies

Higher education has not been a comfortable habitat for the humanities in the 21st century. Many of the causes for their steep decline in student enrollment, faculty members and reputation are external: conservative legislatures, economic pressures, technology and the ascent of STEM disciplines. Sometimes, as if there weren’t enough external strains, colleagues in the humanities turn their formidable arsenal of critique and suspicion against their own.

This time, the organizers of the world’s largest annual meeting of medievalists, the International Congress on Medieval Studies, or ICMS, at Western Michigan University, stand accused of “a bias against” or “lack of interest in” sessions dealing with “decoloniality, globalization and anti-racism”....

To read the full article, see "Whose (Medieval) Congress Is It Anyway?" Inside Higher Ed, 2 August 2018. 

12 July, 2018

ISSM Call for Papers: International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2018

International Society for the Study of Medievalism
Sessions at the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 9-12, 2019

ISSM is running three sessions at next year’s Kalamazoo Medieval Congress. Please submit abstracts and Participant Information Forms to Dr. Usha Vishnuvajjala  at before September 1, 2018.
  1. Paper Session: Medievalism and the Mundane
Medievalism studies has considered some aspects of material culture quite extensively: ruins, architecture, weapons, shields, jewelry and clothing, and other such objects have been the subject of recent scholarly attention, as have heritage sites and recreations. We have paid less attention to seemingly mundane instances of medievalism within material culture, such as food and daily household items. With various movements seeking to return to (sometimes non-existent) pre-industrialist roots through organic farming, handmade clothing, home-brewed beer, and herbal medicine, the idea of the past can figure prominently in some of our most personal daily activities. How does the idea of the Middle Ages appear in such discourses? We seek papers on any aspect of quotidian material culture and medievalism, including continuities and discontinuities with the medieval past, attempts to recreate medieval material culture, and the invocation of the Middle Ages in movements involving material culture.
  1. Paper Session: Transdisciplinary Somatic Medievalisms
This session will explore both embodied practices of medievalism and the intersections between medievalism and modern embodied practices. Current research on medievalism and dance, the medievalist training of ASL linguist William Stokoe, and the politics of “western” martial arts which pose European combat manuals as an alternative to eastern martial arts suggests that we need further study on the ways in which the Middle Ages figure in our ideas and experiences of embodiment. Drawing on Richard Utz’s recent Medievalism: A Manifesto, this session will attempt to theorize the role of the medieval (or the “medieval”) in somatic experiences including, but not limited to, performing and martial arts and sign language. We especially welcome proposals that include practical elements as part of scholarly papers.
  1. Round Table: Robin Hood 2018
Following last year’s successful roundtable on Guy Ritchie’s 2017 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, this roundtable asks participants to think through the various medievalisms and intertextualities present in Otto Bathhurst’s upcoming film Robin Hood. The film continues some of the same features as Ritchie’s film—an outlaw masculinity that depends in part on self-deprecating humor, racial diversity, and female characters framed by the filmmaker as “strong.” In that sense, it may edge closer to the medieval Robin Hood ballads than earlier Robin Hood films, which polish some of the medieval outlaw’s grit and attempt to elevate him to nobility. We are particularly interested in papers that explore the film’s intertextual relationship with both the medieval ballads and other medievalist films, the relationship between Robin Hood’s outlaw ethos and current political events, and the film’s depictions of masculinity. Because we are asking participants to submit proposals before the film is released, proposals may include questions about the film that will guide speakers’ brief talks.

05 July, 2018

Chaucer, for a 2018 Audience

Check out a recent review of ASU's Biennial Chaucer Celebration in Medievally Speaking:

Organized and led by one of Arizona State University’s own Chaucerians, Professor Richard Newhauser, the 2018 6th Biennial ASU Chaucer Celebration emphasized the important and necessary work of introducing a younger generation not only to the works of Chaucer, but to the humanities more generally. I need not belabor how critical it is at this moment to cultivate an appreciation and understanding of what the humanities offer to a younger generation and to our communities at large. The ever-shrinking job market and English departments have been points of anxiety for some time now. Therefore, I was delighted to see the auditorium mostly filled, not just with academics like myself, but a host of fresh-faced high school students from the local communities - Newhauser had extended the invitation to this year’s Chaucer Celebration to local public high schools so that students with a developing interest in Chaucer and the humanities might attend.  READ THE FULL REVIEW

02 July, 2018

Ilya Kaminski to join LMC in August

Please give a warm welcome to Dr. Ilya Kaminsky, our new Margaret T. and Henry C. Bourne Jr. Chair in Poetry. Professor Kaminsky will join the faculty of the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, as well as become the new Director of the Poetry@Tech Program. I am especially grateful to the LMC search committee (chaired by Karen Head) for identifying a strong applicant pool and for recommending Ilya Kaminsky for the position.

Professor Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former USSR, and arrived in the United States in 1993 when his family was granted asylum. He is the author of Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press), Deaf Republic (forthcoming from Graywolf) and several other books, including Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva, which he co-translated with Jean Valentine (Alice James Books). He has edited many collections of poems and essays, including Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (Harper Collins) which has been called “a modern classic.”

In 2018, Professor Kaminsky was awarded the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Poetry. His poems have been translated into numerous languages around the globe and his books have been published in Turkey, Netherlands, Russia, France, Mexico, Macedonia, Romania, Spain, and China, where his poetry was awarded the Yinchuan International Poetry Prize.

His other awards include the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, The Whiting Writers Award, Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Poetry magazine’s Levinson Prize, Pushcart Prize, and others. Recently, he was on the shortlist for the Neusdadt International Literature Prize. His essays appear in publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian (UK), and Boston Review.
He has previously served as the director of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute at Poetry Foundation, and as a professor of English and comparative literature at San Diego State University. He is an award-winning teacher who is committed to building STEAM—integrating the arts into the STEM fields.

Dr. Kaminsky’s international focus puts him squarely within our strategic plans for expanding Georgia Tech’s global footprint. His international profile in the world of poetry and his multi-dimensional experience working and teaching poetry within a technological context hold the promise not only of sustaining the momentum of Poetry@Tech, but of creating the next vanguard for poetry within the 21st century technological university.

28 June, 2018

Decolonizing Medieval Military History

Ken Mondschein recently published an op-ed, "Words and Swords: A Samizdat on Medieval Military History and the Decolonization of the Academy," with Medievally Speaking, on how to decolonize his field of medieval military history:
The past two years have seen a growth of a movement, notably amongst our colleagues in literature but with the support of many in other disciplines, to “decolonize” the practice of medieval studies. This includes de-centering Europe, and especially northern Europe, as a locus of study; challenging narratives of a white, male, Christian Middle Ages perpetuated by white, male, Christian historians; considering critical race and gender theory in our work; and rejecting earlier historiography as supporting systemic racism and imperialism. While this movement is partly a culmination of long-brewing changes, it is also a reaction to the emergence of the alt-right and its use of medieval symbolism. Dorothy Kim, in her influential essay “Teaching Medieval Studies in a Time of White Supremacy,” has said, “medieval studies is intimately entwined with white supremacy and has been so for a long time… objective neutrality… no longer works, because it facilitates white supremacists.” In other words, we have no choice but to engage in this work: to not do so is to implicitly support injustice. No matter what one’s own politics or position on the matter, this debate has become the historiographical question of the moment, and it is part of our professional responsibilities as historians to be au courant on these ideas.  READ THE ENTIRE ESSAY

15 May, 2018

Sturtevant, The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination

I.B.Tauris is pleased to announce the publication of The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination: Memory, Film and Medievalism by Paul B. Sturtevant; £75, $110; UK release date: 30/05/18, US release date 30/05/18; ISBN: 9781788311397.

It is often assumed that those outside of academia know very little about the Middle Ages. But the truth is not so simple. Non-specialists in fact learn a great deal from the myriad medievalisms – post-medieval imaginings of the medieval world – that pervade our everyday culture. These, like Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones, offer compelling, if not necessarily accurate, visions of the medieval world. And more, they have an impact on the popular imagination, particularly since there are new medievalisms constantly being developed, synthesised and remade. 

But what does the public really know? How do the conflicting medievalisms they consume contribute to their knowledge? And why is this important?
In this book, the first evidence-based exploration of the wider public’s understanding of the Middle Ages, Paul B. Sturtevant adapts sociological methods to answer these important questions. Based on extensive focus groups, the book details the ways – both formal and informal – that people learn about the medieval past and the many other ways that this informs, and even distorts, our present. In the process, Sturtevant also sheds light, in more general terms, onto the ways non-specialists learn about the past, and why understanding this is so important. The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination will be of interest to anyone working on medieval studies, medievalism, memory studies, medieval film studies, informal learning or public history.

Praise for The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination

Traditional medievalists have only scratched the surface of the broad and influential cultural phenomenon of medievalism. Paul Sturtevant’s case study, instead of asking questions mainly important to professional historians, harnesses social-sciences theories and methodologies to help us comprehend how and why groups and individuals engage with representations of medieval culture around them. His book is an essential step toward providing scientifically valid information about the public’s understanding of the medieval past.    

Richard Utz, Chair & Professor, School of Literature, Media and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology

Carefully researched and written in a lively and engaging style, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in the use—and abuse—of the medieval past in contemporary popular culture. Sturtevant skillfully integrates cutting-edge quantitative methods for studying audience reception with insights from culturally-informed medievalism studies. This book demonstrates not only the broad significance of “the Middle Ages” for a wide public but also confronts its urgency in shaping present-day understandings of race, gender, religion, histories of violence, and geopolitics. Chapters examine how audience perceptions of the medieval past are influenced by Game of Thrones and fantasy fiction, Arthurian myths, Crusade themes in video games and films, and the varied afterlives of Beowulf and Robin Hood. This book is an invaluable resource for enthusiasts, educators, journalists, students, historians, and anyone who cares about what the medieval past means for us today.

Jonathan Hsy, Associate Professor of English at George Washington University and blogger at In The Middle

The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination reveals the preconceptions today’s students have about the Middle Ages thanks to their representation in popular film. Sturtevant takes a fresh approach to studying medievalism in a book that crosses disciplinary boundaries and interrogates the divide between academic and public medievalism.

Amy Kaufman, Director of Conferences, International Society for the Study of Medievalism

About the Author

Paul B. Sturtevant is an audience research specialist at the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC. He completed his PhD at the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds. He is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the very popular collaborative history blog 'The Public Medievalist' (

06 May, 2018

Medievalism Sessions at Kzoo 2018

Please consider attending one, several, or all of the following sessions at the Kalamazoo Congress. I hope to see many of you this coming week. For the sessions sponsored by our International Society of the Study of Medievalism (ISSM), hearty thanks to Usha Vishnuvajjala and Amy Kaufman!

Saturday 10am Session 348 FETZER 1005
Medievalism, Racism, and the Academy (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: International Society for the Study of Medievalism and the Medievalists of Color
Organizer: Amy S. Kaufman, Independent Scholar; Usha Vishnuvajjala, American Univ.
Presider: Wan-Chuan Kao, Washington and Lee Univ.
A roundtable discussion with Colleen C. Ho, Univ. of Maryland; Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, California State Univ.–Long Beach; Matthew Vernon, Univ. of California–Davis; Kavita Mudan Finn, Independent Scholar; and Pamela J. Clements, Siena College.

Saturday 1:30 Session 424 SCHNEIDER 1280
King Arthur 2017 (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: International Society for the Study of Medievalism
Organizer: Amy S. Kaufman, Independent Scholar; Usha Vishnuvajjala, American Univ.
Presider: Ann F. Howey, Brock Univ.
A roundtable discussion with Susan Aronstein, Univ. of Wyoming; Kathleen Kelly, Northeastern Univ.; Martin B. Shichtman, Eastern Michigan Univ.; Christine Neufeld, Eastern Michigan Univ.; Abby Ang, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington; and Ann Martinez, Kent State Univ.–Stark.

Saturday 3:30 p.m. session 476 SCHNEIDER 1280
The New “Dark Ages”
Sponsor: International Society for the Study of Medievalism
Organizer: Amy S. Kaufman, Independent Scholar; Usha Vishnuvajjala, American Univ.
Presider: Usha Vishnuvajjala
Religion, Science, and Conspiracy Theories: The Flat Earth in the Middle Ages and Today, Shiloh Carroll, Tennessee State Univ.
Not as Sexy as We Thought: Echoes of the Dark Ages in Modern Sexual Conduct for Women, Amy Burge, Cardiff Univ.
Medievalism, Medievalists, and Conditional Reproductive Justice, Rebecca Huffman, Univ. of Michigan–Ann Arbor
A Dark Stage for the Dark Ages: Medieval Theatre as Protest (Then and Now), Carol L. Robinson, Kent State Univ.–Trumbull

I also recommend, selfishly:

Friday, May 11, 7:30pm, Fetzer 1005
Juggling the Middle Ages (A Screening and Roundtable Discussion)
Sponsoring Organization(s)
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection; Medieval Institute, Western Michigan Univ.
Organizer: Jan M. Ziolkowski, Harvard Univ./Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
Presider: Jan M. Ziolkowski
Discussants: Elizabeth Emery (Montclair State U); Richard Utz (Georgia Tech)

This session features screenings of two versions of the juggler of Notre-Dame story dating from the early 1950s: R. O. Blechman’s animated “The Juggler of Our Lady” and a performance featuring Nadine Gae that aired on The Fred Waring Show, followed by a roundtable discussion on medievalism.

Sunday, May 13, 8:30, Valley III Eldridge 309
Medievalism: A Manifesto (A Panel Discussion)
Organizer & Presider: Daniel T. Kline (Univ. of Alaska-Anchorage)
Panelists: Michael Evans (Delta College); Usha Vishnuvajjala (American Univ.); Jane Glaubman (Cornell Univ.); Lauryn S. Mayer (Washington & Jefferson College); Richard Utz (Georgia Institute of Technology)

03 May, 2018

The Ramblin' Wreck From Georgia Tech, in German

I think I have finally found a way to create a lasting legacy: For this year's Distinguished Alumni celebration in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, which honored a donor to German studies, I collaborated on a German translation and arrangement of the Georgia Tech fight song, The Ramblin' Wreck, with Stephen C. Hall (Industrial Management, 1967), and Jerry A. Ulrich (School of Music). Here is our Glee Club's performance of this world premiere: LISTEN HERE

02 May, 2018

Including Russia in Medievalism Studies

Recently published in The Year's Work in Medievalism:

Medievalism is a Global Phenomenon: Including Russia

When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. [?]    @realDonaldTrump, 11 November, 2017

Once upon a time, as part of the political unrest on the European continent following the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and the failed 1848 revolution in Germany, a large number of progressive or even revolutionary ism terms invaded the British Isles and the English language. Among these words were “republicanism,” “democratism,” “liberalism,” “feminism,” “socialism,” and “communism.”1 Soon thereafter, the English language responded to these continental coinages with words that can be seen as protective counter measures against these continental aggressors: Among these counter-revolutionary terms are “conservatism” and “medievalism,” two words that protect the strong umbilical cord between the premodern and the early nineteenth-century, preserve the “unique continuity” Britain felt it had (for its political, social, and cultural heritage) between its medieval and early modern past on the one hand and its contemporaneity on the other.... 


13 April, 2018

Loving the Middle Ages in a Flat World

Just found out that my proposal for the University of Leeds The Future of Medieval Studies Symposium has been accepted. Please join me, if you can, on Friday, May 31, in Leeds:

Session title: Loving the Middle Ages in a Flat World
Participants: Richard Utz

Abstract: Some of the most exciting developments in recent medieval studies have centered on the reevaluation of the traditional distinctions between so-called amateurs and specialists, the demarcation lines between the academic and non-academic endeavors to engage with medieval culture and its numerous reincarnations, reinventions, and reenactments. In the wake of Carolyn Dynshaw’s How Soon Is Now?: Medieval Texts, Amateur Readers, and the Queerness of Time (2012), which flattened such easy distinctions, and Andrew Elliot’s Medievalism, Politics and Mass Media: Appropriating the Middle Ages in the Twenty-First Century (2017), which demonstrates that medievalist memes and tropes now spread at the speed of a tweet without input from academic specialists or connections to the historical Middle Ages, we need new ways of practicing the work of the medievalist.

I would like to propose a seminar style discussion in which participants would explore innovative ways in which diverse ‘lovers’ of medieval culture redefine dated roles on either side of the ‘academic’ and ‘non-academic’ divide. The session would aim at featuring specific scenarios within which each side would be inclusive of the value each ‘amateur’ brings to the understanding of medieval culture and its receptions. On the basis of such an alliance of diverse public stakeholders in medieval studies, the session would attempt to propose powerful digital methods which challenge the dissemination of medievalist memes and tropes in the new media landscape. Current efforts for producing research that reaches out (articles in the media, public lectures, teaching, etc.) are insufficient for keeping medieval studies relevant as a cultural force.

The session will suggest skills and competencies from mass media, public relations, and public medievalism to all those who recognize the necessity to adapt to a radically new way of being an impactful medievalist in an increasingly ‘flat world’.

Provisional scheduling (subject to change): 11:00-11:55, Friday 31 May.

12 April, 2018

The Year's Work in Medievalism 32 (2017) TOC

Forthcoming in early May, 2018


The Year's Work in Medievalism 32 (2017) 

Ed. by Richard Utz


  • Nancy Ciccone, Now and Then: Ishiguro’s Medievalism in The Buried Giant
  • Karl Fugelso, The Medieval(ism) in British Library MS Yates Thompson 36 
  • Paul Hardwick, Arthurising the Wife of Bath: Two Chaucer Adaptations
  • Teresa P. Rupp, From Ivanhoe to Ironclad: Excavating Layers of Tradition in a Medieval Film
  • James L. Smith, Disturbing the Ant-Hill: Misanthropy and Cosmic Indifference in Clark Ashton Smith’s Medieval Averoigne
  • Usha Vishnuvajjala, The Future We—and the Middle Ages—Want

FORUM:  Medievalism and Russia
  • Richard Utz, (Neo)Medievalism is a Global Phenomenon: The Case for Including Russia
  • Dina Khapaeva, Neomedievalism and the Re-Stalinization of Russia

08 April, 2018

Reviewed Andrew Elliot's Medievalism, Politicis and Mass Media for TMR

Review of Elliott, Andrew B. R. Medievalism, Politics and Mass Media: Appropriating the Middle Ages in the Twenty-First Century, D.S. Brewer, 2017:

While researched, written, and published before most of last year's momentous discussions about the role of race, gender, politics, and ideology in medieval studies and medievalism, Andrew Elliott's study is a timely and relevant contribution to the field. It continues the work begun by Louise D'Arcens and Andrew Lynch (eds., <i>International Medievalism and Popular Culture</i>, 2014), Tommaso Carpegna di Falconieri (<i>Medioevo militante: La politica di oggi alle prese con barbari e crociati</i>, 2011), David M. Marshall (ed., <i>Mass Market Medieval: Essays on the Middle Ages in Popular Culture</i>, 2007), and Bruce Holsinger (<i>Neomedievalism, Neoconservatism, and the War on Terror</i>, 2007), but deepens their insights with a focus on the roles of contemporary media and communication, specifically online medievalisms. It also offers an original theoretical framework for future investigations.  Aware of the often visceral reactions of medieval historians to the public (mis)use of the Middle Ages by non-academic voices, Elliott is careful to prepare a secure theoretical foundation.... Read full text HERE 

07 April, 2018

Дивные новые медиевализмы? / Brave New Medievalism?

My first essay in Russia(n): Ричард Утц. Дивные новые медиевализмы? ("Brave New Medievalisms?"), published in the 1/2018 issue of The New Literary Observer. Thanks to my wonderful colleague, Dina Khapaeva (author, most recently of The Celebration of Death in Contemporary Culture, U of Michigan Press)!