Thursday, September 9, 2010

American Society for Irish Medieval Studies (ASIMS) and The Heroic Age CFP

The American Society for Irish Medieval Studies (ASIMS) seeks to engage a diverse group of medievalists in broad scholarly conversations about Ireland and its relationship to Britain and the continent. To that end, we have collaborated with The Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe to co-sponsor an interdisciplinary session at the 2011 Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo.

Navigations Through Medieval Ireland: Physical, Mythological, and Virtual Journeys.

This session examines medieval voyages. We interpret the idea of voyages broadly to encompass literary themes of wandering, the idea of travels to other-worldly?locations, the actual movement of things and people among physical locales, the transmission of ideas across landscapes, and the material culture that facilitated voyaging. In addition to the geographical reality of Ireland as an island, the culture preserves a long history and tradition of actual and legendary sea-faring voyages. This interdisciplinary panel will offer a range of scholarly perspectives and case studies on the topic, addressing both the reception and adaptation of European models and uniquely Irish contributions.

We welcome submissions in any area of Medieval Studies. Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a completed Participant Information Form ( can be emailed to the organizer: Maggie Williams, William Paterson University, no later than September 15, 2010.

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