Kzoo 2021: Medievalist as Auctor (Roundtable)
Whether we consider the high fantasy of Lewis and Tolkien or the contemporary rise in historical fiction set during the Middle Ages, it must be acknowledged that medievalists (and scholars more generally) have long been linked with creative writing. In an era of academia where the traditional university job is far from assured and where representations of the Middle Ages are co-opted by white nationalists, we must acknowledge the wider benefits and contributions of the humanities, while promoting a diverse picture of the Middle Ages. It is more important than ever that the scholastic community embrace its creative side.
This roundtable is seeking submissions of creative work to be read aloud and discussed. All creative writing (fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction) is welcome and work need not be on medieval topics though will hopefully contribute to a larger discussion about medievalism and/or the academy’s relationship with creative writing.
Please submit your proposal by 9/15 to the portal at: https://icms.confex.com/icms/2021am/cfp.cgi