18 December, 2012

Medievally Speaking expands scope

Dear colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that I would like to announce some excellent news for the future of Medievally Speaking, our review journal organized under the auspices of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism. For about two years, MS has been contributing to the study of medievalism with sporadic reviews of some of the numerous annual publications related to the reception of medieval culture in postmedieval times. The steadily increasing interest in medievalism has me convinced that we should step up our activities, expand linguistically, culturally, and include fiction, games, performances, exhibits, and film among the 'texts' we review. Following a competitive international application process, the following colleagues will be joining us as assistant editors to help me reach these goals:

Teodora Artimon is a Ph.D. student in Medieval Studies at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Her dissertation deals with the reception of a 15th-century Romanian myth (that of voivode Stephen the Great) in the 16th century. She is interested in medieval myth creation, medieval imaginary and otherness, and today's perception of the Middle Ages.

Michael Evans holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham (1997). He is the author of The Death of Kings (Continuum, 2003) and his research interest includes the crusades and medieval king- and queenship. He currently works as an instructor and advisor at Mid Michigan Community College.
Leah Haught holds a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester (2011).  Her research interests include Arthurian romance and historiography, medieval and early-modern conceptions of authorship, and literary representations of gendered behavior. She is currently a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Literature, Media, and Communication.

Bram Mathew is a Ph.D. student in modern history at the University of Aberdeen, where he is exploring perceptions of the Vikings in 19th-century newspapers from Britain and Ireland.  His other research interests include Vikingism, Viking history and antiquarianism.

Ilse Schweitzer VanDonkelaar is a Ph.D. student in English at Western Michigan University, where she focuses on environmental readings of Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse literatures and cultures. Her other research interests include landscape studies, world mythologies, and Anglo-Saxon manuscript art and sculpture. 

Helen Young is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the English Department at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is currently working on a three year project exploring discourses around race and diversity in contemporary popular fantasy which draw strongly on medievalism. Her other interests include postcolonialism in Middle English literature.

Please welcome our new colleagues and support them in their future work. In January, I will send out more news, including a call for titles/events for review.

I hope you have a happy and relaxing holiday,

PS: Our 28th International Conference on Medievalism will be hosted by Ed Risden at St. Norbert College, in De Pere, WI, on October 17-19, 2013, and its topic will be "Medievalism: Its Centers and Margins." See HERE for the Call for Papers.