CFP: Sponsored Sessions on The Medieval in Popular Culture at MAPAC

A chalk board with Scrabble tiles that spell out "Call for Papers"The Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture seeks proposals for the following sessions to be held under the Medieval & Renaissance Area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association at the organization’s 2019 Annual Conference to convene at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA, from 7-9 November 2019.

Proposals due by 30 June 2019

Interested individuals should, no later than 30 June 2019, notify the organizers of their topic via email directed to MedievalinPopularCulture@gmail.com. Please send both an abstract of no more than 300 words and an academic biographical narrative of no more than 75 words. Accepted participants will also need to create a web account with the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association at https://mapaca.net/conference in advance of the deadline. Be advised that roundtable presenters may also present a paper in a regular session of the conference.

Medieval Undead/Undead Medievalisms (A Roundtable)

Through this roundtable session, we endeavor to foster discussion that allows the undead of the medieval past and the zombies found in medieval-inspired narratives of today to come into contact through our teaching and research. The topic is especially relevant to this conference, given that its “unofficial” theme is “Pittsburgh: Zombie Capital of the World” in honor of George A. Romero and his work.

Another Reason to Celebrate Pittsburgh: A Roundtable on George A. Romero’s Knightriders (1981)

Through this session, the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture seeks to encourage new interest in Romero’s neglected film and to offer both reassessments and critiques of the work in anticipation of its fortieth anniversary in 2021. We are especially interested in new insights into how the film might successfully be integrated into our teaching and research.

Medieval Classics Illustrated: The Comics Get Medieval 2019

It is the intent of this panel, a furtherance of our popular Comics Get Medieval sessions, to foster discussion and debate of how and why cartoonists, comic book creators, and graphic novelists have adapted medieval texts and to offer suggestions for how such comics might be profitably used in teaching and promoting the discipline of Medieval Studies.

Full details on each call along with submission instructions can be accessed at the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture’s website: https://medievalinpopularculture.blogspot.com/.

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