CFP: [Medieval] Medieval Themes in Popular Culture (9/1/07; Kalamazoo 5/8-11/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Michael A Torregrossa

Mass Media Middle Ages: Medieval Themes in Modern Popular Culture

Sponsored by The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages

Session to be held at the 43rd International Congress of Medieval Studies,
Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI), from 8-11 May

Proposals due by 9/1/07

 <> invites proposals for
15-minute papers on any aspect of the medieval popular culture to be
included in a session to be held at the 43rd International Congress on
Medieval Studies, which convenes at Western Michigan University from
8-11 May 2008. In addition, submissions will also be considered for
inclusion in an essay collection on the same topic.

Despite our temporal and spatial distance from the Middle Ages,
medieval themes proliferate in post-medieval culture, especially
popular culture, and attest to the veracity of Umberto Eco's
observation that "people like the Middle Ages." Medievalists, as both
teachers and consumers, are as intrigued by these new representations
of the medieval as non-specialists are, though fruitful academic
discussion of such material has been limited when compared against the
vast corpus of available medievalisms. It is the goal of the Society
for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages to foster and
encourage further investigation into the relationship between Medieval
Studies and popular culture research. We have proposed this session
devoted to exploring the range of medievalisms in modern culture, as
the Congress provides an ideal forum to sharing information with our
peers about these innovative representations of the medieval, which,
besides simple amusement, can provide ideas for teaching and
springboards for research.

For "Mass Media Middle Ages: Medieval Themes in Popular Culture,"
presentations should be geared towards illuminating how the creators
of popular culture have appropriated medieval subjects and the impact
these products have had in disseminating ideas about the medieval to
the non-medievalist public. Through our participation at the
Congress, the Society continues to build its network of scholars, and
we expect proposals exploring the following topics (all of which we
consider to be under-researched aspects of modern medievalism): the
comics medium; computer, video, and digital gaming; juvenile culture
(especially children's literature, games, and toys); role-playing
games; television programming; and popular fiction (including
medieval-themed mysteries, medieval-esque fantasy worlds, etc.), film
(like the STAR WARS and SHREK film franchises), and music.

We are especially interested in proposals related to the following topics:

***Board Games

***Children's Culture (illustrated books, toys)


***Computer/Video/Digital Games

***Popular Fiction

***Popular Film

***Popular Music

***Re-creations (Society for Creative Anachronism)

***Entertainments/Theme Parks, etc. (medieval-themed faires, Medieval
Times, Excalibur Hotel and Casino)

***Performing Arts


***Role Playing Games


***Visual Arts

Please submit abstracts of 500 to 1000 words to the organizing
committee at the following address; please also submit a completed
abstract cover sheet (found at
<>) with your

Michael A. Torregrossa

34 2nd St

Smithfield, RI 02917-3627

--Michael A. Torregrossa, M.A.Co-Founder, The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List more information at on Thu Aug 02 2007 - 12:41:07 EDT