The Games of Medievalism

deadline for submissions: 
March 8, 2024
full name / name of organization: 
International Society for the Study of Medievalism
contact email: 

Call for Papers: The Games of Medievalism

International Society for the Study of Medievalism Annual Conference

Montclair and South Orange, NJ, July 9-11, 2024

Abstracts are welcomed for the thirty-seventh annual conference of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism, co-sponsored by Montclair State and Seton Hall Universities, located in northern New Jersey, 14 miles from New York City (accessible by public transit). Abstracts for in-person and virtual papers and panels are welcome. To propose a panel, please include all abstracts in a single file submitted by the organizer. This file should also include the names and contact information for all participants.  

Celebrating games and sport in this Olympic summer and considering the various kinds of play inherent in Medievalism, the conference will consider the discipline’s many layers. We will arrange local visits (as interest permits) for those participating in person: to the New Jersey branch of Medieval Times, the Yogi Berra Museum, the Montclair Art Museum, and/or The Cloisters branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Housing options will include low-cost single or double accommodations on the campus of Montclair State University (circa $50-60/night) and room blocks in local hotels. 

We welcome papers and presentations on all topics of Medievalism, not limited to the conference theme.  We enthusiastically welcome proposals from presenters in (or addressing topics related to) regions outside North American, Western Europe, and the Anglophone World.  


“A ‘Carnival of Architecture’: Race, Place, and Play in Oblivion and the Elder Scrolls Franchise," Kevin and Brent Moberly, Old Dominion University and Indiana University

Suggested Topics

Medievalism in Video Games

Gaming the System (Medievalism in Geo-Politics, Economics)

Medievalism in Sports and Sports Culture

Games in Medieval Film

The Interplay of Medieval and Modern

Games in Medievalist Narratives

Jousts, Tournaments, Bohorts

Disguise, Cosplay, and Cross-Dressing

Games of Chance, Gambling, and Tavern Pursuits

Medievalism in Tabletop Games

Poetry Competitions or Challenges

The Play(s) of Medievalism

Playing with Medieval Medicine and other Techniques in the Modern World

Medievalist Musicals: Spamalot, Six, Pippin, Camelot, etc.

Games in the Construction of Medievalism

Medieval games in medievalist art or generative AI

Medievalism as Game

Chivalry, Courtesy, and other codes in Medievalism

Submission Instructions

Please submit your 200 to 250-word abstracts on the following Google Form by March 8, 2024: