Tuesday, May 15, 2018


The MoC org is sponsoring a number of sessions and 2 workshops at the IONA Conference in Vancouver next year (April 11-13th, 2019) at Simon Fraser University. Reps from the group (Dr. Nahir Otano-Gracia, Dr. Valerie Wilhite and I) are seeking proposals for the sessions and workshops and would love to have contributors from various disciplines across different fields.
I’ve included the cfps for both the seminar and workshop below:

Seminar: Moving the North Atlantic Beyond IONA

Representatives of the Medievalists of Color have organized a three-panel seminar entitled ‘Moving the North Atlantic Beyond IONA.’ When we think of the medieval North Atlantic we tend to think within Anglo- or Euro-centric parameters, much to the detriment of our understanding of the entire region, its history and development. So much is lost in our discussions of the medieval past by excluding regions within or beyond the north. This session seeks 15-20 minute papers on medieval subjects that expand our understanding of the early medieval North Atlantic. Discussions may include papers on topics dealing with medieval Iberia, Africa, and as far north as the Canadian archipelagos to the far reaches of the Canary Islands. Further to this, themes might range from the inclusion of Iberian and African material in North Atlantic Studies to racism and Digital Humanities/academia, and ‘others’ in Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Scandinavian, and Welsh studies, history, archaeology, art history and other fields. These sessions will challenge our understanding of the medieval North Atlantic and encourage thinking beyond the norm.

Please send approx. 250 word proposals to maryrr@btinternet.com by July 15, 2018.

Workshop: Decentering Whiteness in Medieval Texts, in the Field and the Classroom

We are seeking papers for a 2-part workshop entitled “Decentering Whiteness in Medieval Texts, in the Field and the Classroom.” The purpose of this workshop is to encourage participants to seek out texts, themes and branches of medieval studies beyond white, Christian, Anglo-centric methodologies in research, the classroom and within our understanding of the field. We encourage scholars from various fields and disciplines to participate in this workshop. The major feature of the workshop is ‘how to be a better ally’ which will allow participants to engage in discussion on what ally-ship means and how one can strengthen ally-ship in the workplace and classroom.

250-word proposals can be sent to: maryrr@btinternet.com by July 15th, 2018.

The official conference website is up with all of the cfps, so I’m including that in this message. Please do consider our cfps or any of the others.
Hope to see some of you next year!
Best wishes,
Mary, Nahir and Valerie

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