Wednesday, August 11, 2021

pre-CFP: Moravian Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies by K. Patrick Fazioli Dear Medievalist and Early Modernist Colleagues:

After a pause for Covid-19 in 2020, the Fifteenth Moravian Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies will be held in person on Saturday December 4, 2021 on Moravian’s campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. We’d be delighted if you’d bring the conference to the attention of your students and colleagues and encourage students to present or attend presentations and performances at the conference. CFP flyers will be sent out soon as email attachments.

We sincerely welcome contributions from all departments in explorations of connections to the period between approx. 500 C.E. and 1800 C.E. In the past, we've had some great papers, panels, and poster presentations that began as coursework, in addition to engaging performances in music, drama, and dance. The conference generally draws over 200 people and typically features presentations and performances by 80 to 100 students from 30 schools or so. The typical presentation format consists of a 15-minute paper or a 45-minute group performance, but alternative formats would certainly be considered. Both registration and submission of proposals will open October 1 and will be handled via the conference website. The deadline for the submission of proposals is November 5.

For a look at past conferences, please visit our website at Conference website (which is currently being updated.) The day typically runs from about 9:00am-4:00pm, with concert and reception following. Registration and all activities (apart from lunch) are free for ALL registrants. This year, we are especially excited about a display of medieval manuscripts that is being organized in conjunction with the conference. This may be suitable for end-of-semester class activities for those planning to bring entire classes.

More data will be available in coming weeks. We are in the process of working out details of this year’s plenary and early music performance; please look out for updates on these, too. Bethlehem, in eastern Pennsylvania, is easily accessible from the Philadelphia area (about an hour and a half’s drive), the New York City area (about two hours’ drive), and other locations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Since the last conference, Moravian College has become Moravian University.

We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the conference. Please look out for the cfp and feel free to email questions to or

All best wishes for the start of the new semester!

Sandy Bardsley, History Department
John Black, English Department
Moravian University
1200 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018

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