Call for Papers – 2020 New England Medieval Conference

The 46th Annual New England Medieval Conference
Virtual Meeting Thursday, December 3, 2020

Keynote Speaker: Geraldine Heng, The University of Texas at Austin, “The Politics of Race in the European Middle Ages”

With the world-wide resurgence of anti-racist activism following the killing of George Floyd, we as medievalists feel compelled to reexamine notions of race in the pre-modern period. Can speaking of “race” in the Middle Ages help us today? How was race conceived in the Middle Ages? Did race already dictate the lives of men and women in medieval Europe? To what extent did race and religion overlap in the Middle Ages? We invite medievalists of all disciplines and specializations to explore these and other questions relating to the topic of race. We welcome papers that deal with the origins and development of race from a variety of different perspectives. We are likewise very interested in essays focusing on the treatment of race without medieval Western Europe.

Please send an abstract of 250 words and a recent CV to Meriem Pagès ( Please make sure to provide your name and full professional affiliation (institution and level of study) in your proposal. Abstracts are due October 15, 2020.

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