MMLA 2024 Permanent Session: Old and Middle English Language and Literature

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2024
full name / name of organization: 
Midwest Modern Language Association
contact email: 

This year’s theme of "Health in/of the Humanities" has broad possibilities within the languages, literatures, histories, and cultures related to Old and Middle English. This panel welcomes papers that address the presence, importance, and/or relevance of health, medicine, and/or science in Old and Middle English works of any kind, as well as explorations, arguments, or discussions of the relevance or importance or perceptions of these texts and ideas in both the medieval  and the modern world.

Possibilities include but should not be limited to humor and the humors, science and fiction, alchemy and natural magics, spiritual health and sickness, medical values or characters or metaphors or practices, mental health, bodies spiritual or physical or literary, nutrition and consumption of food and drink, or the health of the field (or any relevant subfield) and introducing new generations of students and scholars to the medieval and medievalism.

Please send abstracts of approximately 350 words, along with a cv or brief biographical statement, to Dr. Kathleen Burt at by no later than April 15, 2024.