Political Medievalisms: Kalamazoo 2015

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Kalamazoo 2015 Call for Papers:
International Society for the Study of Medievalism
50th International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 14-17, 2015.

Political Medievalisms

As early as Henry VIII's commission of his own portrait on the Winchester Round Table, medievalism has played a role, often a pivotal role, in political maneuvering. Today, as right-wing politicians make huge political and military gains across the globe, the language of medievalism permeates both the far-right calls for crusades and caliphates and liberal warnings about "medieval" laws that will take us back to the "Dark Ages." We welcome submissions that move past offering historical validation or correctives and instead interrogate what medieval 'means' to political discourse. We also welcome submissions that analyze the uses of medievalism in a variety of time periods and geographical locations.

Please follow the Medieval Institute's rules governing participation and submission of abstracts:


Abstracts of no more than 300 words together with the Participant Information Form should be sent before September 15, 2014 to Amy S. Kaufman at amy.kaufman@mtsu.edu.