Theme: Privilege and Position


The Forty-Sixth Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium  

April 9-10, 2021

The University of the South, Sewanee, TN

Please note: the 2021 Colloquium will take place remotely. 


Due to Covid-19, we have decided to hold the 2021 Sewanee Medieval Colloquium remotely. We are currently planning the specifics, but each panel will continue to feature a respondent, and we will create virtual spaces for conversation and mentorship. We hope that this will also encourage scholars who may be distant to Sewanee to participate - and perhaps come back in person in years to follow!

Below is our reissued call for papers; if you have already had a paper accepted for the 2020 Colloquium, we will honor those acceptances for 2021. We will almost certainly be able to form new panels, and we hope that you will consider submitting an abstract, and joining us in April. We encourage submissions from medievalists studying all geographical areas, and offer support for those without or with limited institutional funds. 

The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium invites abstracts for papers engaging with privilege and position in global medieval cultures. Possibilities might include the histories of ecclesiastical or royal hierarchy, the production of artistic forms, analysis of international trade, the literature of class, status, or caste identity, the structures of visual or musical composition, ordering of public space, and popular medievalism, but we are open to many variations on the general theme. We encourage papers from medievalists of any discipline and any geographic area. We accept abstracts from anyone either with a Ph.D. or in the process of gaining a doctorate. Abstracts should be submitted through our website (  or via e-mail ( by October 1, 2020. All papers are to be 20 minutes in length, and every panel will include feedback from a respondent. You may also apply to our seminar, featured on this page. 

For more information, contact:

Dr. Matthew W. Irvin
Director, Sewanee Medieval Colloquium

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