Critical Mediations Round Table: 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.

Round Table: Critical Mediations

The contemporary theoretical trends that have swept through Medieval Studies—new materialisms, aesthetics, OOO, ecocriticism, and interdisciplinary approaches involving physics, biology, computer science, and game theory—all have the potential to trouble notions of time, disciplinary borders, and traditional academic boundaries. Both medievalists and medievalismists have adopted these approaches with compelling and creative results, despite the fact that such approaches are heavily invested in their sense of themselves as contemporary, digital, postmodern, or post-human. This round table will explore what medievalism can give back to theory, asking participants to imagine how work in Medievalism Studies, which has a long history of transgressing disciplinary borders and literary periods, disrupting traditional definitions of 'text,' and even violating the boundary between academic and layperson, can help us reshape, enhance, or reimagine the latest innovations in theory. We welcome short (10 minute) contributions to this discussion.

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