31st Annual Conference & Virtual Meeting
October 15-16, 2021
Hosted by Rice University, Houston, Texas
Seated Figure, 13th century, Mali
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
MEDIEVAL GLOBAL ENCOUNTERS
Permanent Conference Thematic Strand: Race and Medieval Studies
The 31st Annual Conference of the Texas Medieval Association will be held virtually, via an online platform, and hosted by Rice University.
The 2021 TEMA program committee is pleased to invite papers and sessions on all topics in medieval studies. We especially invite papers and sessions contributing to the 2021 conference theme of Medieval Global Encounters, as well as papers and sessions that contribute to the permanent theme of Race and Medieval Studies.
In recent years, the field has seen a significant shift away from a Eurocentric approach to the Middle Ages. The so-called “global turn” in medieval studies has encouraged scholars to transcend traditional geographic and chronological boundaries, and to pursue innovative, interdisciplinary methodologies that have already enriched our understanding of the period. We invite participants to propose papers, sessions, and roundtables that explore hemispheric and global connections between peoples and cultures, c. 500 to c. 1500 CE. Possible topics include mobility and travel, cultural and artistic networks, trade, science and technology, pandemics, ecologies and climate change, and interfaith relations.
TEMA recognizes diversity as a critical component of medieval studies. Therefore, the organizers of the 2020 TEMA meeting established a permanent strand of linked thematic sessions on Race and Medieval Studies that will be part of all future meetings. Papers, sessions, roundtables, and other events that engage with any aspect of this theme are very welcome.
Papers may be submitted in any language, but if you wish to present in a language other than English, please specify this preference. Send title and abstract of approximately 200 words to email@example.com (with TEMA 2021 PROPOSAL in the subject line) no later than September 1, 2021. Early submission is encouraged: rolling acceptance will begin on July 1, 2021. Among proposals for full sessions, those including participants from more than one institution will be given priority. A prize will be awarded for the best paper by a graduate student.
Our organization depends on your support and your generosity. We encourage those who are able to consider donating to one or more of TEMA’s campaigns below:
Graduate Student Prize (for best graduate paper at TEMA) Fund.
Texas Medieval Association General Fund for future conference activities.
Founded in 1986 to promote medieval studies in Texas, TEMA invites medieval scholars throughout Texas and the Southwest to gather annually to share ideas, collaborate on publications, and mentor students in a safe, nurturing community in which everyone may participate. In our formal statement of policies, we assert our belief that diversity is crucial to medieval studies. TEMA supports a learning community that embraces our members for their individual differences and offers respect for their unique perspectives. In support of this academic vision, TEMA does not tolerate discrimination based on academic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious belief, or racial/ethnic background. Moreover, TEMA has a strong history of collegiality and mentoring. We welcome papers from medievalists at every point of their professional development, from undergraduate students to emeritus scholars; from K-12 and secondary teachers to those at the collegiate level; from affiliated scholars to those currently unaffiliated. TEMA has built a friendly and non-threatening conference atmosphere that treats everyone as a colleague, no matter their “rank.” The purpose of our annual conference is to help each medievalist further develop their ideas, while benefiting from the feedback of a diverse, encouraging community.