Metaphysical Medievalisms-Kalamazoo 2015

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Kalamazoo 2015 Call for Papers:
International Society for the Study of Medievalism
50th International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 14-17, 2015.

Metaphysical Medievalisms

Medievalism Studies commonly explores manifestations of the medieval in popular modern diversions like television, film, and gaming. Less explored is how medievalism plays a role in asking the 'big' theological questions that continue to challenge humanity. This panel will be a conversation about existence and the role medievalism plays in imagining that existence, whether through the detachment of philosophy, the passionate attachment of faith, or more commonly, some combination of the two. We welcome papers that address some of the following questions:

—What unacknowledged debts are owed medieval thinkers in spiritual or religious conversations that follow the Middle Ages?

—How is the medieval past used as a marker of either intellectual inspiration or a 'dark age' of anti-intellectualism?

—What medieval rituals, patterns of thought, or ways of knowing the unknowable remain with us today?

—Is there wisdom in the medieval past that could inform some of the religious, spiritual, or philosophical concerns of the present?

Please follow the Medieval Institute's rules governing participation and submission of abstracts:

Abstracts of no more than 300 words together with the Participant Information Form should be sent before September 15, 2014 to Amy S. Kaufman at