Sponsored Sessions for Kalamazoo 2009
- List members,
Here is the semi-offical CFP ffrom the Medieval Insitute. If you are
interested in propossing a paper for one of sessions, please do so as soon
as possible, as there are relatively few sessions this year on medievalism.
Also, please let us know if you ae interested in serving on the roundtable,
as there are other similrly themed sessions proposed for the conference. We
are especially interested in presenations for the roundtable that reate to
our theme of "Medievalisms at War".
Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages (3): I�II.
Medievalisms at War I�II; III. Getting Medieval on Popular Culture in the
Classroom: Pedagogy and Medievalism (A Roundtable)
Encompassing over a thousand years of human history, the medieval era
continues to fascinate modern audiences, in particular those that experience
the Middle Ages depicted by the producers of popular entertainment, which
has realistically recreated all aspects of the medieval world, especially
its wars, in the arts and media as diverse as fiction, film, comics, and
electronic games. Recognizing the centrality of war to medieval culture and
its continued relevance today, the Society for the Study of Popular Culture
and the Middle Ages, in observation of its fifth anniversary in 2009, would
like to propose a set of three sessions under the general theme of
"Medievalisms at War," a topic that recalls our inaugural sessions, entitled
"Medieval Films at War," at the 2004 conference of the Film & History
League. We envision our sessions at the Congress as the culmination of our
celebrations and intend to use them to explore what we see as neglected
aspects of research into medieval-themed popular culture of the modern era:
representations of the Vikings, representations of the Crusades, and the
interrelationships between medieval themes and modern warfare, specifically
when the medieval is used for propagandist purposes. In additional to these
sessions, the society would also like to propose a roundtable devoted to
teaching the Middle Ages, especially aspects of its wars and warfare,
through modern popular culture. As usual, presentations in our sessions
will engage a variety of texts and media in the furtherance of our mission
to produce scholarship that bridges the gap between Medieval Studies and
Popular Culture Studies.
Michael A. Torregrossa, M.A.
Co-Founder, The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages
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