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Texas Medieval Association
33rd Annual Conference 

Saturday, September 23, 2023
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 on

“Medieval Divas: The Medieval Prehistory of Celebrity”

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.

In honor of our Texas heritage, we are calling the first type a “Roundup.” The Roundup will function like a workshop where presenters, lead by an organizer, 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 should still submit abstracts to TEMA so that they can receive (if available) institutional funding.


The sessions will be traditional conference panels. Presenters should prepare formal papers of approximately 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 presenters must be members of TEMA ($10 per year). 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.

Dinner costs at the terrific SI TAPAS restaurant (2207 Allen St, Dallas 75204) for food and drinks will be $20 per student, $25 per faculty. SI TAPAS can provide fully vegetarian meals. All costs including dinner costs must be submitted with your registration. The conference hotel, the BEEMAN HOTEL (6070 N US 75, North Central Expressway 1000, phone: 214-750-6060), is across Central Expressway, a short walk to campus. They are holding Queen rooms for us but you must book by September 4 to take advantage of the favorable group rate ($149/night). Book online here.

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, including this one.


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.

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