Call for Papers – SEMA 2016: Place and Power

The Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) invites proposals for papers on the theme of “Place and Power” for its 55th meeting, October 6-8, 2016. The meeting is hosted by the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and University of Tennessee Knoxville and will take place at the Downtown Hilton, Knoxville, Tennessee.

We invite individual submissions and panels from all disciplines exploring any aspect of medieval places and medieval powers as they were conceptualized, experienced, imagined, and embodied. We welcome papers considering, but not limited to:

  • Places as spaces, territories, and/or boundaries
  • Sacred and profane spaces
  • Practices of power
  • Geopolitics and the environment
  • Gendered and sexualized power

As the conference date coincides with the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, we also seek sessions and papers pertaining to the Norman Conquest. We desire a variety of methodological approaches to the theme, including eco-criticism, landscape studies, gender studies, and environmental perspectives. Proposals on other medieval topics or relating “Place and Power” to teaching are also welcome. Several sessions will be devoted to undergraduate research so we encourage submissions from undergraduate students.

Please submit proposals for sessions and for individual papers at no later than June 1, 2016. For more information, see

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