Out of Place / Out of Time (Kalamazoo 2020)

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Medieval and Renaissance Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Network (MARGIN) - NYU
contact email: 

55th International Congress on Medieval Studies

Western Michigan University - May 7-10, 2020

Panel: “Out of Place / Out of Time”

Sponsored by MARGIN - New York University


The Medieval and Renaissance Graduate Interdisciplinary Student Network is proud to announce a sponsored panel at the 55th annual International Congress on Medieval Studies. The theme of this year’s panel will be “Out of Place / Out of Time.” We invite papers that participate in a larger discussion of temporalities and places.


The Panel takes its inspiration from the wide-breadth of work on the topics of place and time—from Carolyn Dinshaw’s How Soon Is Now?: Medieval Texts, Amateur Readers, and the Queerness of Time to Sarah Kay’s The Place of Thought to Mary Carruthers' The Book of Memory to Christopher Wood and Alexander Nagel’s Anachronic Renaissance. 


This year, we consider what might be the utility or harm of temporalities and localities? Where does thought have or not have a place? How might thought be placed or misplaced? The theme is broad by design in order to encourage wide-ranging papers, including those that have been underrepresented in medieval studies. We gladly encourage anyone to submit topics with a focus on non-European or non-Western material. 


Submissions may focus on topics including, but not limited to

  • Medieval cartography, pilgrimage, and travel 

  • medieval anachronisms

  • medieval timekeeping practices

  • manuscripts, utopias, voids, and other unexpected spaces

  • queering time and/or space

  • posthumanist/new materialist conceptions of space-time

  • apocalypses and other times after time

  • modern responses to medieval/early-modern spatial and temporal paradigms

Please submit a 200-word abstract with a 50-word bio to nyumargin@gmail.com with “2020 Panel Submission” in the headline by September 15.