Call for Papers: Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies

Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies Special Call For Papers for Issue on Medieval Space and Place


Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies is a refereed journal devoted to the literature, history, and culture of the medieval world. Published electronically twice a year, its mission is to present a forum in which graduate students from around the globe may share their ideas. Article submissions on the selected theme are welcome in any discipline and period of Medieval Studies. We are also interested in book reviews on recent works: interested reviewers should send a query, indicating the book they would like to review.

Our upcoming issue will be devoted to representations and interpretations of spatial order, and place as a socially constructed category, in the art, chronicles, letters, literature, and music of the Middle Ages. Place and space theories have manifested themselves in Medieval Studies recently in a number of ways, from analysis of specific spaces and places, such as gardens, forests, cities, and the court, to spatially theorized topics such as travel narratives, nationalism, and the open- or closedness  of specific medieval cultural areas.  Over an array of subjects, the spatial turn challenges scholars to re-think how humans create the world around them, through both physical and mental processes. Articles should explore the meaning of space/place in the past by situating it in its precise historical context.

Possible article topics include, but are not limited to:

*Medieval representations of spatial order
*The sense of place in the construction of social identities
*Mapping and spatial imagination
*Topographies of meaningful places
*Beyond the binary of center/periphery
*Spatial policies of separation: ethnicity, religion, or gender
*Travel and the sense of place
*Creating landscape
*The idea of place in medieval religious culture
*Intimate space, public place
*Liminality and proximity as social categories

The 2011 issue of Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies will be published in May of 2012. All graduate students are welcome to submit their articles and book reviews or send their queries via email to before March 1, 2012.

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