Medieval Futures

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2019
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36th Annual Conference of the Illinois Medieval Association
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Deadline Extended for Submission!

The Illinois Medieval Association welcomes individual proposals and complete sessions that engage with this year’s conference theme, “Medieval Futures,” from a range of disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and temporal perspectives.  Paper proposals might consider, for example:

  • Medieval perspectives of futurity within religious and literary contexts, including interrogations of prophecy and eschatology;

  • The ways in which medieval individuals or regions planned for the future (i.e. urban design, military strategy, crusade proposals, logistics, economic sustainability, etc.);

  • Conceptions of time/periodization within Middle Ages -- or how modern conception of time/periodization influence current pedagogical approaches to teaching medieval works;

  • Initiatives to preserve and make accessible archival materials and manuscripts for future readers;

  • Challenges to / opportunities for the future of the field of medieval studies, including: public forms of scholarship, digital humanities initiatives, efforts to increase inclusivity, confronting racist appropriations of medieval topics, etc.


The conference will take place on February 21-22, 2020 at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana.

We are delighted to announce the two plenary speakers for this conference: Bernard McGinn, the Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and of the History of Christianity in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago; and Dot Porter, the Curator of Digital Research Services at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Abstracts on any aspect of medieval studies are welcome, but we will give preference to submissions related to the conference theme.  To be considered for participation, please send 300-word abstracts for either individual papers or panels to and by October 1, 2019.  Session proposals should include abstracts for the three papers, as well as the contact information for all presenters.