My recent missive to the members of the ISSM:
The International Society
for the Study of Medievalism is an association whose members cherish collegial
collaboration. Unlike so many other associations in higher education, we have
always welcomed ALL lovers of medieval culture and the myriad of receptions,
creative and scholarly, of medieval culture, including those without the
authority delegated from specific titles and degrees. And we have always taken
the time to recognize those among us who have advanced our work and taken on
responsibilities, academic and organizational, that created the intellectual
and managerial framework within which the rest of were able to
produce our own contributions. It is in this latter tradition of collegial
recognition that we honored Leslie Workman in Medievalism in the Modern World (1998),
Bill Calin in Cahier Calin: Makers of the Middle Ages (2011),
and Kathleen Verduin in Medievalism: Key Critical Terms (2014).
And it is in this same tradition that we are now honoring Gwen
Morgan, friend, editor, director of conferences, and colleague and scholar
extraordinaire with a special issue of The Year's Work in Medievalism,
a journal she herself edited for many years.
The official ceremonial
presentation of Gwen to the Max will be happening at next
year's 32nd International Conference on Medievalism at the University of Salzburg,
July 16-18, during a venue she herself organized as our director of
conferences. However, we did not want to wait until then to share with
everyone the exciting 22 contributions to our area of specialty, expertly
edited by Jane Toswell, Ed Risden, Jesse Swan, Shiloh Carroll, and Renée Ward.
I am grateful to them, and to all contributors, and I hope that our DragonGwen
will enjoy this tribute as a heartfelt Gramercy for the real
difference she has made in our professional and private lives.
And now please CLICK HERE to access:
Gwen to the Max. A Festschrift for Gwendolyn Morgan. The Year's Work in Medievalism 31
(2016). Edited by M. J. Toswell, E. L. Risden Jesse G. Swan,
Shiloh Carroll, and Renée Ward. And please share the volume with your