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Call for Papers: 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies

The Medieval Association of the Midwest is pleased to announce five sponsored sessions that cover a breadth of topics (4 in person, 1 virtual) at the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 11–May 13, 2023. MAM supports scholars at all stages in their careers and greatly values your contribution. Please submit a title and abstract of no more than 300 words through the International Congress on Medieval Studies submission portal by the due date, September 15 (for papers up to 20 minutes). All proposals must be made through the Congress’s Confex system. Please follow the instructions at For any questions feel free to reach out to Dr. Stephen Yandell  We look forward to your submission!

1. Wanted Dead and Alive: Schrödinger’s Cat and the Middle Ages

This session invites contributors to explore ways that conceptions of death and understandings of what it means to live interweave in all aspects of medieval life. Where does one find life and death intersecting in and across medieval fields? What appears simultaneously alive and dead in medieval scholarship today? 

2. Vikings and Medieval Violence in the Modern Mind

This session invites scholars to consider the popular depiction of Vikings as simultaneously adventurous and threatening. Papers are encouraged to explore any number of questions: what is the history of the romanticization of Vikings and medieval violence? What differences exist between medieval and modern cultural memories of Vikings and violence? How should medievalists as public intellectuals represent and respond to Vikings and medieval violence? 

3. Conspicuous Consumption: Feasting, Fighting, and Tomfoolery (co-sponsored with the Pearl-Poet Society).

VIRTUAL session

In this panel papers will consider ways that indulgence and gluttony are portrayed in medieval literary works (in the Pearl-Poet and beyond): how feasting and fighting can indicate the values of a medieval audience, and why authors like the Pearl-Poet condemned such excess, whether in the church or court, in nobility or commoner.

4. Teaching the Medieval in the Midwest

This session seeks papers that explore the particular challenges and opportunities that arise when one teaches medieval topics in Midwestern classrooms. We are particularly interested in contributions from graduate students who have navigated medieval teaching experiences in the Midwest at the university level, including pedagogical practices, course development, and student engagement. The top graduate-paper submission will be awarded mentorship for preparing the piece to be published in the journal Enarratio.

5. Second Helping: Reading between the lines of celebration and heartbreak in Chaucer's feasts

This session invites scholars to explore Chaucer's deliberate pairings of feasting and celebration with characters who are exposed at key moments in the Chaucerian corpus. The Prioress's genuine emotion for animals over innocent people says much about the preoccupations of her “kind,” for example. Papers are invited to explore this topic from any number of perspectives. What might Chaucer have intended by exposure of his characters specifically in food settings?

ICMS 2023: 

MAM will be proposing sessions for the 2023 ICMS conference. Please look to the ICMS summer updates for MAM sessions to apply to - we welcome current members and interested colleagues. When we know what sessions have been accepted we will update that information here and on Facebook. Questions?  Contact: Mickey Sweeney (


46th Meeting of the Mid-America Medieval Association is accepting MAM submissions for the 2022 annual conference, if you are interested get in touch with Mickey Sweeney ( so that we can help organize a session:  



Saturday, October 8, 2022

We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers or panels of three papers for the 46th meeting of the Mid-America Medieval Association at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Our plenary speaker will be Sarah-Grace Heller from The Ohio State University. The conference will coincide with an exhibit at the nearby Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Fashioning America: Grit to Glamour.

Papers on any aspect of medieval culture, medieval studies, or medievalism will be considered, but presentations related to the theme (broadly defined) will be especially welcomed.

Potential papers might include

◆ masking, disguise, and recognition ◆ medievalism(s)
◆ class and sumptuary laws
◆ cross-dressing

◆ fashioning a text, a book, visual art
◆ nudity or nakedness
◆ fashion and (non)visibility
◆ fashioning gender or gendering fashion ◆ hair and cosmetics

◆ "fashion”able language, behaviors, ideas

Proposals for either papers (250 word abstracts) or sessions (250 word abstract + list of title and presenters) should be sent via email attachment to by June 1st. The Jim Falls Paper Prize will be awarded to the best paper by a graduate student; details will follow.

Questions please contact the conference presenters: Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program of University of Arkansas or for MAM details, please contact Mickey Sweeney (

The Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM) is a non-profit association of scholars devoted to the study of the Middle Ages. For more information, contact the website editor, Mickey Sweeney (

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