CFP: Privilege and Position: The 2020 Sewanee Medieval Colloquium

Submission deadline: November 1, 2019

Conference date(s):
April 17, 2020 - April 18, 2020

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Conference Venue:

Sewanee, The University of the South
Sewanee, United States

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 Call for Papers and Subthemes:

The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium invites papers and proposals for panel themes engaging with privilege and position in global medieval cultures. Possibilities might include the philosophies of hierarchy, systems of moral judgment, non-Western medieval philosophy, ordering of public space, and popular medievalism, but we are open to many variations on the general theme.

Papers: Papers can touch upon any aspect of the general theme, and we encourage papers from medievalists of any discipline and any geographic area. Scholars can apply to the general call, or to specific sub-themes (which will be posted in August). We accept papers from anyone either with a Ph.D. or in the process of gaining a doctorate. Paper should be submitted through our website (  or via e-mail ( by November 1, 2019.

Sub-themes: The sub-themes address a particular aspect of our general theme, and could be the basis for either one or two panels. As a rule of thumb, panel themes should be broad enough to encourage numerous applicants, and interdisciplinary proposals are particularly encouraged. If a panel theme is accepted, organizers will be responsible for selecting participants (from abstracts submitted through the website by November 1 2019) and choosing a commenter (a well-established expert in the field) to respond to the papers at the panel session. 

Sub-theme proposals should include a description/rationale of the panel theme, a list of possible commenters (organizers may serve as commenters, but not as panelists), and the CVs of the organizers. Panel proposals are due July 26, 2019. Commenters are generally established figures in the field with a significant record of publication; participants in the Colloquium are generally limited to holders of a Ph.D. and those currently in a Ph.D. program.

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