31st Annual Conference & Virtual Meeting

October 15-16, 2021

Hosted by Rice University, Houston, Texas
TEMA 2021 Program
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Permanent Conference Thematic Strand: Race and Medieval Studies



Plenary Speaker


Dr. Verena Krebs

Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany


Author of Medieval Ethiopian Kingship, Craft, and Diplomacy with Latin Europe (2021)

The 31st Annual Conference of the Texas Medieval Association will be held virtually, via Zoom, and hosted by Rice University.

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.  The 2021 TEMA Annual Conference will present papers, sessions, and roundtables that explore hemispheric and global connections between peoples and cultures, c. 500 to c. 1500 CE.  

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.



TEMA Values

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.


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