20 April, 2011

26th Intl Conference on Medievalism 2011

The conference committee for Studies in Medievalism is pleased to invite paper and session proposals for its 26th Annual International Conference on Medievalism, to be held at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, on October 20–22, 2011.

The theme of this year's conference is “Medievalism, Arthuriana, and Landscapes of Enchantment.” We therefore especially invite proposals addressing any or all of these concepts. We will also welcome proposals on any topic related to the invocation or representation of the Middle Ages in post-medieval periods. As an interdisciplinary organization, we also encourage proposals from all areas of the humanities, social sciences, and beyond, particularly proposals that address interdisciplinary themes or employ interdisciplinary theories and methods. Post-medieval interest in Arthuriana has flourished unabatedly since the 19th-century medieval revival and is, for instance, reflected in the 2010 publication of Joerg O. Fichte’s From Camelot to Obamalot: Essays on Medieval and Modern Arthurian Literature.

Subthemes for the conference might include, but are not limited to:

  • Re-imaginings of important Arthurian figures (King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Gawain, Morgan le Fay, Perceval, Lady of the Lake, etc.)
  • Representations of Arthuriana in art
  • Women and questions of gender in Arthuriana
  • Arthurian themes in music
  • Roles of landscapes in modern Arthurian works
  • Arthuriana and enchantment in modern historical novels (including mysteries)
  • Connections between magical enchantments and landscapes
  • Arthuriana and enchantment on the contemporary stage
  • Arthuriana in Shakespeare
  • Tolkien, Arthuriana, and enchantment
  • Enchantment in contemporary Arthurian works
  • Arthuriana portrayed on film, television, and/or the radio
  • Arthuriana and enchantment on the Internet
  • Arthuriana and enchantment in electronic and/or non-electronic games
Publication Opportunities:
Selected papers related to the conference theme will be published in The Year’s Work in Medievalism.

Submission Deadline:  
April 18, 2011

Please send 250-word abstracts for individual papers and session proposals as an email attachment in Word or pdf formats to:

Anita Obermeier, Conference Chair
International Conference on Medievalism
Institute for Medieval Studies
University of New Mexico

The University of New Mexico is located in Albuquerque, in the Land of Enchantment.