Monday, August 26, 2019

The Ibero-Medieval Association of North America (IMANA) is delighted to
again announce the Call for Papers for panels at the International Congress
on Medieval Studies (ICMS) at Western Michigan University (7-10 May 2020).
A full call has gone out in a separate email.

IMANA-sponsored panels always invite graduate student submissions, as well
as scholars at all levels of experience and from the breadth of disciplines
that touch on medieval Iberia, literary, historical, and beyond.  If you
wonder about your discipline, the answer is YES, whatever it is.  If you
wonder about your affiliation or lack thereof, the answer is also YES,
whatever it is.  We are particularly interested in provoking the widest
cross-disciplinary conversations from the widest variety of subject

Please join our conversation at the ICMS by submitting a proposal for a
paper, attending any of our panels during the Congress, and joining us for
the IMANA Banquet announced on MEDIBER in the Spring!

Proposals should include an abstract, your contact information, and the
ICMS Participant Information form available here:

The final deadline for submissions is 15 September 2019, so generally a
slightly earlier submission date is A Good Thing.

I invite position statements of up to 3 pages for the following roundtable:

*Proposal: Iberomedieval Studies: Taking Stock, Moving Forward (roundtable)*

*Official description:*

The relevance of medieval studies in general to the present has become both
more evident and at the same time fraught, and Iberomedieval studies must
assess how the discipline works within this shifting context.  This is
happening as the organization of IMANA itself is shifting to take on
greater collective governance and responsibility, which also merits broader
consideration within the context of the social and disciplinary shifts in
medieval studies.  This roundtable will consist of a conversation among
practitioners across all domains, generations, and positions of
Iberomedieval studies, to take stock of how the field is structured, how we
constitute our community through conversations, work, and organizations
like IMANA, and how we can move into the future integral to the larger
academic and intellectual work of our time.

*Further thoughts*:

As our community is reorganizing IMANA, it seems to me that we should
engage in some conversations to move toward clarity and consensus as part
of the process.  Our broader field of medieval studies is also in the
process of taking stock in many areas, with which Iberomedieval Studies
must also contend.

I am therefore asking anyone interested in participating in a roundtable
discussion next year at the ICMS at Kalamazoo to submit a >>position
statement<< formulated in personal/professional response to the following
two texts: the roundtable proposal, and the draft mission statement for

Possibilities: What kinds of paths do you see within and between the
disciplines with/in which we work?  What are the issues of culture,
identity, ethics, and commitments that arise as you make your way in
Iberomedieval studies?  What dimensions and dynamics shape your work?  How
do you frame the texts and questions that move you?  What speaks to you,
and in what language(s), with what music?  As an Iberomedievalist, how do
you play, where's your bliss, what dances? How does that fit, if it fits,
in the institutional structures that we both inherit and shape?  How do we
make the most satisfying shape of the world of our work?

Heterodoxy is invited.

(2) Draft IMANA Mission Statement (developed by the IMANA Inaugural Board,
on the basis of Brocato's initial draft)

The Iberomedieval Association of North America is an international
community of those who study the Iberian Middle Ages, conceived broadly,
and including all of the areas of study that touch on medieval Iberia and
its context, but not limited to, languages, literatures, religions,
cultures, societies, and politics.  As such, we work as a community in
intensely and uniquely interdisciplinary and interstitial ways, dealing
with the rich and fascinating artifacts and dynamics of medieval Iberia, a
zone of intense cultural, intellectual, and religious contact.
Iberomedieval Studies is therefore uniquely positioned – and poised – to
also turn the legacy of (racist and antisemitic) violence and oppression
into a transformative understanding of those dynamics.  As a community, we
value and foster rigor, respect, inclusion, diversity, and support for all
scholars at all levels of endeavor.

Please send your position statement either by replying to this email, or to

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