Medieval Academy Annual Meeting 2020
The 95th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. The meeting is jointly hosted by the Medieval Academy of America, the Program in Medieval Studies of the University of California, Berkeley, and the Medieval Association of the Pacific.
The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper or session proposal; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Exceptions may be made for individuals whose field would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy. Please note: the prohibition against presenting a paper more than once every three years is no longer in effect.
Location: Berkeley is a diverse and multicultural city in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. It has its own vibrant culinary, arts, and music communities but is also connected via the BART mass-transit system with the cultural offerings of nearby Oakland and San Francisco. The meetings will take place on the University of California, Berkeley campus. Registration, book exhibits, and other events will be in the Martin Luther King Jr. Building on Sproul Plaza, a short half-mile walk from the Downtown Berkeley BART stop, and sessions will be in historic Wheeler Hall just inside the Sather Gate. Information on accommodations, as well as MAA student bursaries and travel grants, will be made available next fall.
Theme(s): Rather than an overarching theme, the 2020 meeting will provide a variety of thematic connections among sessions. The Medieval Academy welcomes innovative sessions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries or that use various disciplinary approaches to examine an individual topic. To both facilitate and emphasize interdisciplinarity, the Call for Papers is organized in “themes.” The list provided below is not meant to be exhaustive or exclusive; innovative proposals not related to the themes below are also welcome.
Proposals: Individuals may propose to offer a paper in one of the themes below, a full panel of papers and speakers, a full panel of papers and speakers for a theme they wish to create, or a single paper not designated for a specific theme. Sessions usually consist of three 25-minute papers, and proposals should be geared to that length, although the committee is interested in other formats as well (poster sessions, digital experiences, etc.). The Program Committee may choose a different format for some sessions after the proposals have been reviewed.
Proposal Submission Process:
The deadline is 1 June 2019.
Please do not send proposals directly to Program Committee members.
Selection Procedure: Paper and panel proposals will be reviewed for their quality and the significance and relevance of their topics and approaches. The Program Committee will be conducting blind review of all proposals, and to facilitate that process submission will be via a web portal opening on 1 March 2019. Detailed instructions for submitting proposals and the links to our Oxford Abstracts portal are below (scroll down past the list of themes).
The Program Committee will evaluate proposals during the summer of 2019 and inform all successful and unsuccessful proposers of results by 10 September 2019.
Important Regarding Evaluation: Since all submitted proposals will undergo blind review, any identifying information inadvertently left in proposals will be removed before the review process begins. Please help us by ensuring that your abstract is free of all references to your name, your institution, and your publications.