CFP: Medievalism and the Post/Colonial Perspective (10/1/05; collection)

full name / name of organization: 
Nadia Altschul
contact email: 
nadia_altschul@verizon.net

CFP for a collection on:
MEDIEVALISM AND THE POST/COLONIAL PERSPECTIVE:
HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS TO GLOBAL POLITICS

Eds. Nadia Altschul and Kathleen Davis

Colonialism and medievalism are intimately connected. Over the past decade,
scholars have begun to document examples and symptoms of this connection,
with particular attention to the nationalist projects of colonizing
countries. But as yet we have no resource for comparative study of this
interconnection from the perspective of the colonies, or for understanding
how medieval studies in colonial and postcolonial lands might disrupt
traditional histories of nationalist philology and global relationships. The
editors of this volume seek contributions for an interdisciplinary and
transnational collection that will advance our understanding of the role of
colonial medievalisms in national histories and in world politics. Essays
might address any of the following areas:

POST/COLONIAL FOUNDATIONS OF THE MIDDLE AGES
* Early foundational work on a European Middle Ages undertaken in
post/colonies (i.e., colonies or postcolonies) or by post/colonial subjects
(for example, early editions, philological methods)
* The relationship between medieval studies in post/colonies and the
strategies, institutions, or effects of colonialism (did medievalism operate
differently, for instance, in colonies that have grown to play a significant
role in "world politics" as against those that have not?)
* Institutionalization of medieval studies in post/colonies

MEDIEVAL AND POST/COLONIAL IDENTITIES
* The interrelated processes of defining medieval and colonial societies
* The relationship between these definitional processes and other political
rhetorics or histories, such as Orientalism or Anti-Semitism

A GLOBAL "MIDDLE AGES"?
* The uses, functions, and effects of writing a "Middle Ages" for
post/colonies
* The accelerating use of "the Middle Ages" as a category of world history.
How, for instance, does this globalizing timeframe operate in academia and
in world politics today?
* The institutionalization of medieval studies outside Europe or its
colonies

SEND FULL DRAFTS BY OCTOBER 1, 2005 OR INQUIRIES TO:
Nadia Altschul (altschul_at_jhu.edu) or Kathleen Davis (kathleen_at_princeton.edu)

The editors are planning a panel discussion session for final submissions in
late March.

Nadia Altschul, Ph.D.
Romance Languages and Literatures
The Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles Street, Gilman Hall 436
Baltimore, MD 21218 / USA

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