“Re-new-al: connecting culture and history, past and present” MMLA 2022 Permanent Session: Old and Middle English Language and Literature
“Re-new-al: connecting culture and history, past and present”
MMLA 2022 Permanent Session: Old and Middle English Language and Literature
The general conference theme “post-now” presents some very current and relevant possibilities for the study of late antique and medieval English languages and literatures. Any proposal that considers this theme in general will be welcome, but two foci will be of particular interest.
Firstly, the medieval is a common element in many modern public cultural discussions in general with varying degrees of historical accuracy and/or understanding. Discussions of medievalisms in any form and how the past is related to the present, either in historical accuracy or perception, or exploration of any intersections between the shifting understandings, uses, adaptations, and appropriations of the medieval past and our present now, are encouraged. The focus might be political, historical, ethnic or racial, cultural, linguistic, artistic or visual, literary, pop culture, etc..
Second, perception and definition of self and other in times of change is a current scholarly concern addressing medieval eras in many places, including England and Europe. Definition and perception of self or other could include individual or collective identity according to language, geography, nationality, gender, race, etc., especially in response to challenge or shift in identity or identifier. As above, the focus might be political, historical, ethnic or racial, cultural, linguistic, artistic or visual, literary, etc.
Please send abstracts of approximately 350 words, along with a cv or brief biographical statement, to Dr. Kathleen Burt at email@example.com by no later than April 15, 2022.