Traditional applications of the word “tribal” in medievalism studies and elsewhere in academia have recently come under intense criticism and sometimes been censored. Yet, in broader cultural contexts, the term seems to be gaining ever greater currency as a synonym for group identity, particularly of a partisan nature. In that regard, what relevance does it have for medievalism? For medievalism studies? Does it accurately capture the way one or more communities within those fields are perceived by their own members and/or others? How, if at all, do these newer applications apply to the traditional uses of the term? How does the word relate to practices among medievalists, by medievalists with regard to their medieval sources, by scholars of medievalism with regard to their subjects, and among scholars of medievalism?
Studies in Medievalism, a peer-reviewed print and on-line publication, is seeking not only feature articles of 6,000-12,000 words (including notes) on any postmedieval responses to the Middle Ages, but also 3,000-word essays that respond to one or more of these questions.
Applicants are encouraged to give particular examples, but submissions, which should be sent to Karl Fugelso at firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com in English and Word by 1 June 2024, should also address the implications of those examples for the discipline as a whole. (Note that priority will be given to papers in the order they are received and submissions that have not been translated into fluent English will not be considered.)