TEMA 31st Annual Conference – CFP


15-16 October 2021, hosted by Rice University, Houston, Texas

The 2021 TEMA program committee is pleased to invite papers and sessions on all topics in medieval studies. We especially invite papers and sessions contributing to the 2021 conference theme of Medieval Global Encounters, as well as papers and sessions that contribute to the permanent theme of Race and Medieval Studies.  

In recent years, the field has seen a significant shift away from a Eurocentric approach to the Middle Ages. The so-called “global turn” in medieval studies has encouraged scholars to transcend traditional geographic and chronological boundaries, and to pursue innovative, interdisciplinary methodologies that have already enriched our understanding of the period. We invite participants to propose papers, sessions, and roundtables that explore hemispheric and global connections between peoples and cultures, c. 500 to c. 1500 CE. Possible topics include mobility and travel, cultural and artistic networks, trade, science and technology, pandemics, ecologies and climate change, and interfaith relations.          

Papers may be submitted in any language, but if you wish to present in a language other than English, please specify this preference. Please email your paper title and abstract of approximately 200 words to the conference organisers (with TEMA 2021 PROPOSAL in the subject line) no later than 1 September 2021. Early submission is encouraged: rolling acceptance will begin on July 1, 2021. Among proposals for full sessions, those including participants from more than one institution will be given priority. A prize will be awarded for the best paper by a graduate student.

Full details may be found on the association website.