Call for Papers – Texas Medieval Association

Texas Medieval Association
33rd Annual Conference
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, Texas

The thirty-third state meeting of the Texas Medieval Association will take place at Southern Methodist University on Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Those wishing to present a paper or participate in a “Roundup” for this conference should submit a summary of no longer than 100 words by September 4, 2023 to TEMA President  Bonnie Wheeler ( or TEMA Secretary/Treasurer Don Kagay (

Major Strand for 2023: FAME AND INFAMY in the Middle Ages
Keynote Speaker, Irina Dumitrescu, University of Bonn
“Medieval Divas: The Medieval Prehistory of Celebrity”

WE ARE BACK. This is an entirely in-person conference. Please remember that no paper can be offered unless the author is present. When you submit your topic, please note whether you require any electronic aids.

Perhaps the most distinctive part of TEMA’s history has been its continuous focus on the medieval interplay of the American Southwest and medieval Europe. We urge you to present on some related comparative topic.

Panel Structure

Roundups vs. Sessions

This conference at will feature two distinct types of panels. See conference website:

The Roundup, named in honor of our Texas heritage, functions like a workshop where presenters, led by a chair, examine the state of a particular question in specific areas of medieval studies [New views of medieval Spain; new work in gender or race studies; new thinking about celebrity in the Middle Ages, etc.] . Roundup Presenters should prepare a succinct thesis, spoken in no more than 5 minutes. These will be grouped to promote maximum interchange. These panels will give participants a chance to collaborate in a manner not typically associated with conference papers. Presenters must each submit abstracts to TEMA.

The sessions will be traditional conference panels. Presenters should prepare formal papers of about 15 minutes duration for the panel. We are happy to have self-selected organizers gather 3 presenters for a special session (alert us first). Do not exceed your allotted 15-minue slot. Conference chairs will be outfitted with lassoes to rein you in. Nolite vexare Texam.

We will have two rounds of Roundups and two rounds of sessions, thus ensuring that those wishing to pursue either type of conference activity have sufficient opportunity to do so.

FEES:  We are holding costs to a bare minimum. All our sessions will be held in Dallas Hall, SMU. All attendees must be members of TEMA ($10 per year). Otherwise, students and Independent Scholars who are presenters receive free coverage for conference, break treats, and lunch. Dinner separate. Faculty presenters will be charged $20 TEMA membership, break treats, and lunch. Dinner separate.

We are heavily subsidizing dinner/drinks costs but everyone must pay a small minimum. Dinner costs at the terrific SI TAPAS restaurant (2207 Allen St, Dallas 75204) for food and drinks are $20 per student, $25 per faculty. SI TAPAS provides fully vegetarian meals for those who specify. All fees including dinner costs must be submitted with your registration. The conference hotel, the BEEMAN HOTEL (6070 N US 75, North Central Expressway 100), is across Central Expressway, a short walk to campus. They are holding rooms for us—King and Queen-Queen rooms—but you must book by September 4 to take advantage of the favorable group rate ($149/night). Book here.

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