Call for Papers

Medieval Narratives

We are pleased to announce the 2015 annual conference of the Illinois Medieval Association, co-sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. The conference will take place on Saint Louis University's campus February 20-21, 2015.

This year’s theme is “Medieval Narratives.” The practice of telling stories is not universal or transparent, and is highly dependent on the medium of transmission and on changing understandings of temporality. What strategies did medieval historians, artists, and storytellers employ to tell narratives? Does storytelling in the Middle Ages always unfold in a linear fashion? How do medievalists today theorize medieval narratives both historically and in the light of new approaches to narrative that are derived from postmedieval technologies (print, film, digital culture)? What different purposes accomplished the (re)telling of narratives?  We invite papers from medievalists in all disciplines that consider these and/or other questions related to the representation of narratives in texts and art, including chronicles, historical, legal, scientific, and theological documents, imaginative fiction, and manuscript illuminations.  

We encourage proposals that engage with the theme in all aspects of medieval discourse: literature, art, history, and culture. Papers from all disciplines are welcome.  Preference is given to submissions closely related to the conference theme, but abstracts on any aspect of medieval studies are welcome. We are also pleased to announce that the 2015 conference proceedings will be published.

The CFP Deadline has now passed