Friday, November 8, 2019

Please find below a call for papers for a special dossier in *Viator*,
abstracts due December 2.

*Looking Ahead: Global Encounters in the North Atlantic, ca. 350–1300*

A special dossier in *Viator*

Co-edited by Nahir OtaƱo Gracia, Nicole Lopez-Jantzen, and Erica Weaver

In the last few years, several urgent interventions have begun to reshape
medieval studies as a more capacious and inclusive field. Scholars such as
Geraldine Heng, Monica Green, and Michael Gomez have expanded our
understanding of the multifaceted interactions between and among Africa,
Asia, Europe, and elsewhere, while Adam Miyashiro and Mary Rambaran-Olm
have urged us to reassess the North Atlantic in particular.
Traditionally, scholars
have tended to work within national borders or to focus on how North
Atlantic cultures changed the rest of the globe rather than how they were
themselves changed by global interactions, with drastic consequences for
our field––especially for our earliest periods.

In order to continue these important conversations and to expand what our
scholarship can look like going forward, this special essay cluster seeks
to provide a platform for early-career scholars to propose new critical
directions for the study of the early medieval North Atlantic, broadly
encompassing ca. 350–1300. We thus invite short, rigorous interventions
(2000–3500 words each), in the model of the popular conference genre of
“lightning talks.” In particular, we seek imaginative new work that expands
the contours of early medieval studies and challenges, or transgresses, its
standard disciplinary, temporal, and linguistic boundaries. Following the
example set by the IONA
<>: Islands of the
North Atlantic conferences, we reject the unproductive disciplinary divides
that have separated the study of England, Wales, Ireland, Francia,
Scandinavia, the Iberian Peninsula, Africa, and even the Mediterranean both
from each other and from points further afield along the Atlantic rim and
beyond. We also aim to break down the divisions that have artificially
separated Late Antiquity and the early and high Middle Ages. We are
intentionally leaving this call for papers very broad, because we come from
the perspective that the global does not exclude the local, and vice-versa.
Moreover, the insular can be archipelagic. We welcome essays that bring
together North Atlantic and Mediterranean Studies, or that read what has
been seen as national literature from a transnational perspective.

In the spirit of emerging from our own linguistic silos and in *Viator*’s
usual practice, we thus welcome work from scholars writing in English,
Spanish, and French. Additionally, we particularly invite work from
graduate students, postdocs, independent scholars, and members of the
precariat as well as contributions that are explicitly feminist, queer,
anti-racist, and decolonial. We would like to be as inclusive as possible,
so please contact us if you have any questions.

Short abstracts of around 200 words are due by *December 2 *to, with essays to be submitted by* January 15*.
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