Call for Papers

The Forty-First Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium: Peace and War

April 10-11, 2015
The University of the South, Sewanee, TN

Plenary Speakers:

Ardis Butterfield, Yale University
Jonathan Phillips, Royal Holloway, University of London

This colloquium will explore peace and war in medieval culture, history, literature, philosophy, theology, and the arts. How did medieval men and women make peace and make war? What were the relationships between individual and social conflicts? How do the processes of peace and war shape, and how are they shaped by, institutions and artistic productions? Papers and panels might include such topics as the culture of the crusades, the politics of peace-making, military history, psychomachia and other forms of allegorical warfare, peace and penitence, the use of spolia, just war theory, the culture of knighthood, and the economics of war. We welcome papers considering medieval European, Asian, and African, and cross-cultural perspectives.

We invite 20-minute papers from all disciplines on any aspect of medieval peace and war.  We also welcome proposals for 3-paper sessions on particular topics related to the theme.  Please submit an abstract (approx. 250 words) and brief c.v., electronically if possible, no later than 21 November 2014. If you wish to propose a session, please submit abstracts and vitae for all participants in the session. Commentary is traditionally provided for each paper presented; completed papers, including notes, will be due no later than 10 March 2015.

We are pleased to announce the Susan J. Ridyard Prize ($500), to be awarded to a paper that is especially exceptional in its response to the year’s theme. Prize papers are nominated by respondents. 

The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium Graduate Prize ($250) will be awarded for the best paper by a graduate student or recent PhD recipient (degree awarded since July 2011).

For more information, contact:

Dr. Matthew W. Irvin
Director, Sewanee Medieval Colloquium
medievalcolloquium@sewanee.edu