The Outlaw Corpus and the Fight for Justice: Medieval Outlaw Narratives in Modern Form

deadline for submissions: 
October 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
International Association for Robin Hood Studies
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The Outlaw Corpus and the Fight for Justice: Medieval Outlaw Narratives in Modern Form

This cfp is for a round table for The Twelfth Biennial Conference of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies, to be held at the University of Montevallo (Montevallo, AL) from 14-17 May 2019. The theme of the conference is “Outlaw Bodies.”

Round Table Description: Robin Hood has come to represent the inner self of the English nation: as the Arthurian tradition looked outward, the Robin Hood tradition looked inward, and drew inspiration from events within English borders. Today, however, Robin Hood is swiftly becoming a symbol of international political protest. Whether applied to liberators, bandits, politicians, or philanthropists, the term “Robin Hood” has become intensely political through its paradoxical affiliations with progressive social justice and conservative economic policies. This panel solicits papers that discuss how Robin Hood, whether in specific texts or as a general tradition, has been appropriated and used in a specifically political context which is simultaneously intensely local and yet, through its connections to a larger international tradition, is also global in its scope. Our range of possible topics include environmental justice as an extension of the politics of the Greenwood, the ethics of vigilante justice in the Arrowverse (and beyond), and the appropriation of outlaw rhetoric in modern social movements such as Occupy Wall Street and the Sovereign Citizen Movement.

Please send 300-word abstracts for short (10-minute talks) to Dr. Lydia Kertz (lydia[dot]kertz@gmail.com) by October 30th.

For more information about the conference, please see full description at https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2018/07/26/outlaw-bodies-the-t... or on our official blog http://robinhoodscholars.blogspot.com/