Medievalisms Area at SWPACA Summer Salon

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA)
contact email: 

Call for Papers

Medievalisms Area

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)

SWPACA Summer Salon


June 8 & 9, 2023

Virtual Conference

Submissions open on March 18, 2023

Proposal submission deadline: April 15, 2023


Proposals for papers are now being accepted for the SWPACA Summer Salon. SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas in a variety of categories encompassing the following: Film, Television, Music, & Visual Media; Historic & Contemporary Cultures; Identities & Cultures; Language & Literature; Science Fiction & Fantasy; and Pedagogy & Popular Culture. For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit


The Medievalisms area invites paper and session proposals on any and all topics relevant to medievalism, which is described by Tison Pugh and Angela Jane Weisl in Medievalisms: Making the Past in the Present (2013) as “the art, literature, scholarship, avocational pastimes, and sundry forms of entertainment and culture that turn to the Middle Ages for their subject matter or inspiration, and in doing so…comment on the artist’s contemporary sociocultural milieu” (1). Medievalism can be approached in many ways, including in terms of media (e.g., literature, architecture, cinema, music, games), chronology (e.g., Early Modern, Romantic, Victorian), geography, and from any number of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives (e.g., cultural studies, media studies, race and ethnic studies, gender and queer studies). Presentations that engage with current conversations in the field are particularly welcome.


Examples of topics relevant to the Medievalisms area include (but are not limited to): 

  • Literary Medievalisms
  • Cinematic Medievalisms
  • Medievalisms in Art, Architecture, Music, and Performance
  • Medievalisms in Gaming, LARPing, and Role-Playing
  • Medievalisms of Place and Space
  • Gender, Sexuality, Race, Ethnicity, Class, etc. in Medievalisms
  • Global Medievalisms
  • Queer Medievalisms
  • Political Medievalisms
  • Medievalisms in the Classroom


All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at


For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at Registration information for the conference will be available at


Individual proposals for 15-minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words. Including a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged, but not required.  


If you have any questions about the Medievalisms area, please contact its Area Chair, Amber Dunai, at If you have general questions about the conference, please contact us at, and a member of the executive team will get back to you.


We look forward to receiving your submissions!